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Discussion in 'Community Center' started by JTR357, Feb 25, 2012.
Thanks for sharing Spark, I often wondered how it all got started.
Thanks for your hard work.
I stumbled upon BFC in it's early beginnings, and have seen it grow from something cool to something amazing. I owe all of my knife knowledge to the people here.
I just regret that I was never able to see Spark in his pink tu-tu.
Wow Kevin, I knew most of the story but I didn't know of the of the rec.knives connection, I remember bein' a member of that early community oh so long ago.
Thanks for the time line.
What a great post for posterity, and for setting a couple of things straight. Love it!
It is a wonderful resource Kevin and you run it BRILLIANTLY!
Bladeforums and Spark's influence on the knife world has gone global. Both Gajinoz and I have started our own forums for own own countries.
I modeled my forum, www.sablade.com after BF and specifically copied my rules and regulations from BF. (I did this with Sparks kind permission and blessing)
Everything I know about running my forum I learned from the structure and moderation of Bladeforums.
Bladeforums is a HUGE part of my life now. It got me back into knife collecting and got me onto the plane to visit Blade every year. Through BF I have met some of the most fantastic people I know, Blues, Bastid, Ken Erickson and the Busse crew to name a few.
All I can say is..........Spark.........THANK YOU!
Thanks I really enjoyed to history/info.
Really interesting reading,thanks for the history of BF.
I stumbled across this thread while doing a search for metalmark and search took me to archived thread by Mike Turber looking for suggestions
for a name for his new balisong.I assume that was the Tacheyon since the thread is from 91.
anyway Kudos to BF
I'm very happy being a part of this community as well. I've met some really good people over the web, and hope that someday will have a chance to meet them face to face. So many people just take for granted the struggles involved to get where we are today. Thanks Kevin!
Holy cow. They should make a mini-series.
I think we all agree that Spark is a super star and has provided an invaluable resource to the knife community :thumbup:; well done
Thank you Spark.
That's a great trip down memory lane with some of the blanks filled in. Thanks for everything Kevin.
Thanks for the history lesson Bladeforums is a great resource and a fantastic community. Well done :thumbup:
That Spark has had an interest in knives since he was a youngster!!!
Ahh this brought back memories... I joined BBC in November 98... I think the site has been up for around a month at the time, after being on the USENET rec.knives
Gosh... I remember Turber trying to sell me some Internet money making masterclass selling products from his World of Weapons. The flame wars about Mad Dog Knives / McClung persist to this day!
There was a lot in there I remember and a bunch I had no idea about. It's been worth sticking around this long. I'm just now starting to make my own knives and it's truthfully been bladeforums that through the years made that dream a reality. I know this place comes with a lot of headache but I can't express how much I appreciate Kevin hanging in there and keeping this place as great as it is!
I remember those. Probably the most acrimonious stuff we have ever had on these forums. It went on for months and eventually involved interviews with Mad Dog Knives factory employees, knife X-rays, knife testing and endless bickering. It made us all the better for it. We knew then that this community had matured enough to be able to claw past the hype to get good, well grounded, information out. It has been a while since I have seen any maker make the sort of outlandish product claims that people like McClung use to make, and that is all for the better.
I came over in 1999, but lost my original "bteel" username. I often drift away, but always come back.
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