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Calling it quits, no more damascus

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by DevinT, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. TLR

    TLR Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 5, 1998
    I am truly sad and sorry to hear this. I've been on this forum since the first month of its existence. I have always held your Damascus as the mist innovative and best produced in the industry. I was hoping to use some for my first Damascus blade. I hope you find resolution in your health problems.
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  2. John mc c

    John mc c

    Aug 23, 2018
    Best of luck with health and everything else hoss
    Your work and more importantly to me your words on the forums here are a great inspiration to me
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  3. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    DevinT, when you post something that is different from what I thought I knew, my immediate response is that I am probably wrong. From a science background, I question everything, and everybody, but you and Larrin are correct so often that I check my sources before replying. There is a wealth of information that I hope you keep sharing.

    I had to give up on my dream of being a world class knifemaker due to progressive health issues. I make decent knives, and love heat treating, but I will never be able to do MS level precision due to my neuropathy. I make users for people, and enjoy that. I’m hoping you find sustainable joy in what comes next for you.

    As an aside, I’ve returned to building and repairing guitars. Working with wood is less impactful on the neuropathy, and seems more sustainable. I simply can’t work fast enough to make a living working with my hands.
  4. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    I've run across a couple of guys in recent years who said stuff like that. :D
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  5. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
    Bummer Hoss that your health is forcing retirement from commercial Damasus. PLEASE don't be a stranger to the forum - Between you and Larrin, ya'll have contributed so much to the world of knifemaking. I think I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU!

    Ken H>
  6. Maelstrom78


    Sep 21, 2013
    Best wishes for your health and thank you for the info you've shared.
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  7. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    I, too, wish you and yours the very best. Being only 5 years my senior, you're too young to have health issues force a lifestyle change. Hopefully this is the only thing you need to stop doing.
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  8. seanj


    Mar 1, 2010
    Sorry to hear this. I haven't been active on here much and I've only made a few knives. However your name comes up often as a go to source with a good reputation.
    Take care of your health. That's the prime thing.
    Good luck
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  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Best wishes and my prayers for your returning health.

    I bough my first damascus from you back around 1989/1990.
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  10. golfer1


    Nov 24, 2016
    I'm a relatively new knifemaker, little over a year, so really don't know you, but, you have been so forthcoming with help and information when asked, I feel like you are a true friend. I had hoped to use some of your steel some day, but perhaps it will be enough to read about it. My prayer is for your health to improve, thanks and God's blessings.
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  11. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2018
    "Twisted Carry"
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  12. Ocelot85


    Feb 1, 2012
    Very sad to hear. I’ve been talking with some very talented makers who used your steel and thought highly of it, I had hoped to use some myself one day. Regardless your health is the most important thing you possess, hopefully things will improve and you’ll be able to continue doing what you please. I do hope you and Larrin will continue to have a presence here, everyone here would be much worse off without both of you. Thank you for the contributions you’ve made to knife making and the community. Best wishes and prayers Hoss.
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  13. cotdt


    Oct 2, 2006
    Does this mean you are going to share all your trade secrets on making damascus?
  14. DevinT

    DevinT KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 29, 2010
    I may write a book someday.

  15. Sorry to hear. Hope your health improves.

    I would DEFINITELY buy your book, as would a lot of others I’m sure.

    Take care.
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  16. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
    Much Respect and Best Wishes for a Better Healthier Future. Thanks for always chiming in with Knowledge and Suggestions!!
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  17. Storm W

    Storm W

    Feb 19, 2019
    If you write a book I will buy it even though its unlikely that I will make it. After spending 20 years in the welding field I think it would be a great source of what is possible as well as a insight into one of the stepping stones of modern knife making. I have only been doing this for 3 years but I have learned that the mark of a good recipe is that someone get it from Devin Thomas :D. I hope that I can find a piece of your steel just to say I have worked with it. There was only one choice really for me when I told people were I would sorce my Damascus. I wish you the best in your recovery. Health is important and to easy to let slide for the sake of work. Your family and the community is grateful.
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  18. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Best wishes for your health well being and retirement, you sure put out some pretty steel in your day.

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  19. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    All the best to you Sir. Your contributions are many and will live on long after our time here has passed.

    Thank you, Fred
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  20. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Prayers for your health sir! An era has passed, that's for sure. :(
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