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Stacy E Apelt, - Bladesmith

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by DanF, Apr 5, 2019.

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  1. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 17, 2017
    Over the past two or three years that I've been here on bladeforums, a couple people have knocked Stacy E Apelt, declaring that he is not a knife maker, had no makers mark and never shows his work.
    I guess that's easy to do when your only experience with someone is based solely on interactions over the internet.
    Today, I had occasion to go to the Shenandoah Valley Knife Show in Harrisonburg Virginia, and lo and behold who should I run into there but Mr. Stacy E Apelt, Bladesmith, himself.
    After spending a good bit of the afternoon walking around this knife show and talking to Stacy and other knifemaker / vendors, I can assure you that Stacy is indeed a seasoned, experienced bladesmith, and I saw and handled MANY examples of his work. Stacy makes some very nice looking knives and judging from peoples reactions at Stacy's tables, he should have a very good weekend. What was even more telling was the respect I saw from other knifemakers there with regard to Stacy and his work.
    Maybe, just maybe Stacy participates on the forums to try to give something back to a field he seems to love. He isn't trying to build his brand, but is trying to help educate the next generation of aspiring knifemakers.
    Naysayers will always be naysayers, but I'll tell ya straight up, Stacy is the real deal.
  2. ron_m80

    ron_m80 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 1, 2009
    My favorite makers are always sold out when I get to their table. I only ever get to see pictures. ;) too late for april fools?
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  3. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 17, 2017
    Today was the first day of a three day event, I got there 30 minutes after the doors opened to the general public. No April's fool.
  4. ron_m80

    ron_m80 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 1, 2009
    Ask XXXX XXXXXXX to show you a knife 30 minutes after the doors open. Sorry, I intended the previous post to be nothing but levity.

    I will not name drop, point fingers, nor claim to have a measure by proxy. I did not know the moderators knifemaking was questioned?
  5. Spalted

    Spalted My name is Britt Askew I like making knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 9, 2010
    Only by a few.
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  6. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    We would love to see some picts of his table at the event. Post some up for us.
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  7. ron_m80

    ron_m80 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 1, 2009
    I wonder if most of the sub-forum users understand how many newbies flinched and ran off when they called out a behavior, and not a person. ;)
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  8. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    Never know before there are people questioning him as a fraud??
  9. John mc c

    John mc c

    Aug 23, 2018
    I didn't need to see pics of stacys knives to know he is an experienced knife maker
    I've been reading him here for years explaining techniques and methods which is obviously from his vast experience
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  10. LCoop


    May 5, 2007
    Dang it! I keep wanting to go to this show because one it's relatively close and two to meet Stacy! I've learned a ton of info off this forum from LOTS of folks Stacy being one.
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  11. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    No picture no fish ............... I think that is reason why someone here have doubt about Stacy ...I found that most of his advice are right so that is what matter to me ...
  12. Jay Griesser

    Jay Griesser

    May 12, 2017
    His advice to my questions have always been correct! He is a good member of our forum!
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  13. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm changing this thread title. Folks scanning the threads without actually reading this are going to get the wrong idea.
  14. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 17, 2017
    Thank you Nathan, my bad, had not considered that.
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  15. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    Probably I will get in trouble again , but this thread you started is worthless .Why should anyone believe you on your words ? This is internet ...anyone can write whatever want . Like.........I make Katana sword last night ..... BUT that are only empty words without picture of that Katana I claim I make . My point is without some pictures from that knife show you just add fuel to fire .....
    Don t get me wrong , I have absolutely nothing against Stacy and I believe that he make and can make nice knife .Lack of pictures of his work here make some people to doubt in him..that it is . I fully understand why you start this thread ,but if you want to defend him you need more proof then pure words ..Personally I believe you if that matters something :thumbsup:
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  16. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    I never read rules on any forum I m member . I behave how I think it is right. But I think that it is not good idea to start thread about capability of one member .Thread about work of someone is one thing but thread about ability of someone is very personal ...
  17. DanH45


    Feb 12, 2015
    In my experience Stacy's posts are the most consistently knowledgeable, accurate, informative, and helpful of anyone. I wouldn't care if he wasn't a maker. From what I've seen you can take whatever he says about it to the bank.
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  18. Carterwhopkins

    Carterwhopkins KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 12, 2012
    I agree with Dan's sentiments. Stacy has been a wealth of info to the entire forum. I am grateful for his helping me personally with some metal issues, and that alone make him a good forum member. He may choose to show his work or not, that is a personal decision of his...who are we to judge.
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  19. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley

    Oct 17, 2007
    Not that I wouldn't love to see many more pictures of Stacy's work, but in all seriousness, he has posted his fair share of pictures, including show tables, all of which should still be in his post history. If they are hard to find, it's because he's putting up a few hundred posts to every 1 picture, offering help and advice to other makers.

    Now, how about this katana? :)
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  20. DanH45


    Feb 12, 2015
    There are also pictures of Stacy forging blades which if you ask me is much better evidence of his being a bladesmith than pics of finish blades.
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