I'm a hobby wood crafter gone knife maker. I had no more room for raise panel chests. And thought Hey I could always have room for more knives! Forged my first two blades less then a year ago from grade 8 hardened bolts in the wood stove in the garage. ( since made electric kiln? And electric crucible/foundry) Made a few more knives since and am very pleased with the results. Can't believe how much I enjoy the craft! Already gave away a knife to my brother for $200.