Jesse James , made in America Damascus 1911

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Rhinoknives1, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. ohen cepel

    ohen cepel Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    I thought his work was AMAZINGLY over priced and nothing new nor creative about it. 1911's have been done to death in my mind.

    If I wanted a motorcycle (and won the lottery) I would look at his stuff. If I wanted a 1911 I would go to someone who has spent time making 1911's for a living, not motorcycles.

    If Justin Beiber, Homer Simpson, or whoever, and out and started making knives I don't think tons of you would chug the coolaid and love on him simply due to name recognition.

    Aside from novelty I see no reason to buy his overpriced firearms.
  2. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    I don't understand why a few of you can't read?? This is about the Interview with MS Fisk, Learning Forge welding and some cool looking 1911's PERIOD!
    No one is selling anything and just to let you know there are two kinds of people in this world!

    There are, BUYERS and there are, CRIERS! This thread has nothing to do with ether! Got it?
  3. Shaw Blades

    Shaw Blades

    May 18, 2009
    I like the video and I like Jesse James. Being a shop monkey with blue collar roots and having the public watching your every move can't be easy.
  4. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Jesse James is clearly a very talented guy, and it was interesting seeing how he and Fisk were able to relate to one another.

    I would like to see some of his knife designs. It appears that he is more interested in guns though.
  5. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump

    Dec 2, 1999
    Jesse is very interested in the Damascus making process so he can use it on his motorcycles and now his new found love for guns. He has seeked out advice from makers including me. His questions for me was how to get better contrast on Damascus steels. He isn't the kind of person that thinks he knows it all and is actually very appreciative of all the help he,s gotten. Hollywood was hard on him and he is just now beginning to live a life that has meaning and wants to do what's right. He has a family and is happy now. I,ve always admired his passion for hand made motorcycles and his welding and fabrication skills are amazing.
  6. mnavarro


    Nov 21, 2013
    I came across this video a few weeks back and thought it was very good. There are not many in depth videos with Mr. Fisk forge welding, and explaining his process. I thought the video was very informative. I agree with rhino knives people should just mind their own business and respect each persons craft.
  7. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    I just live and work near Hollywood and that's enough. I have a few customers and friends that make their living there and I don't see how any one could handle having all those people following you around with cameras all of the time taking note of every time you even fart.

    I enjoyed the exchange between Jesse and Jerry and that wood work was also a master craftsman's and seeing Jesse learn from him was also a great part of the video. I always wonder about those table legs? It was cool to see how they are made.

    I Hope someone picks up Jesse's show because it would be great to be able to learn from it as he goes and visits other crafts people around our great country.
  8. VaughnT


    Feb 7, 2010
    I watched the first half of the video and thought it was reasonably good television. You rarely see anything even half-way decent on the boob toob, so this was nice.

    Jerry's skills are impressive, and I really liked that his shop didn't seem to be cluttered with a thousand and one tools. It just goes to show that you can make top-shelf knives with really basic equipment.

    As for Jesse, I share the same problem with forge welding, and it was very neat to see him able to learn it first-hand. Jesse's definitely a talented maker and knows his way around a shop, so I don't doubt that he'll be able to capitalize on what he learned.

    Will the show get picked up? Probably not. I remember watching his other show about the car shop in Austin and it seems to have been dropped, too. Jesse just isn't "cool" enough for mainstream ratings.

    I liken Jesse to Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs. Both of them are rather realistic, down-to-earth people trying to survive in a world that's filled with parasites, gossip mongers and general ne'erdowells. I hope that they can find happiness and success.

    Damascus 1911 slides? Eh, I've seen plenty of them and it's nice, but not cutting edge or different. I'm sure Jesse can bring a design esthetic to the gun world, but can he really make a 1911 or AR15 that's unique and really blows the mind? I hope so, and will look forward to supporting him in his endeavor. I can't afford his work, but my good wishes are free and easily spent.
  9. NVHammerHead


    May 14, 2009
    Hello: I just hope that he welded up steels with similar wear characteristis cause if he didn't..there is going to be problems down the road..we got around that wear probelm by adding a few little extras that I am not at liberty to say.

    A laminate 1911 slide is nothing really all that new..I made a BUNCH of PW barstock is a tight "Ladder" pattern some 25 years back for some folks who made a couple of dozen of them. They really were spiffy but for some reason there really wasn't all that much interest back then. Maybe that changed over the years.

  10. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    He used to drop in iforgeiron pretty regular and post..he was asking for pointers and the foundation for his hammers and such..He actually talked like a normal tool junkie and was very polite..
  11. 12345678910


    Jul 13, 2009
    He took that advice well too, lovely hammer he ended up with.
  12. ss caustic

    ss caustic

    Dec 30, 2014
    I just wish I had a shop like his....

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