Welcome to Mark of the Maker podcast! Our show is a panel discussion with renowned custom knife makers Tom Krein, Sean Kendrick, Michael Burch and hosted by Mark Stheiner. The format is much like a group of friends, sitting down in The Pit at Blade Show, talking about life, knives and knifemaking.
We have lots of things planned for the show and hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are. There will be topical discussions, conversations, and interviews with knifemakers, collectors and notable personalities in and around the custom knife world.
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The podcast is free and should be accessible from any device with internet access. Easiest way for many is to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, but we are also available on Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, YouTube, or you can listen directly, right here at the website. Just scroll down for the episodes themselves. Thanks for listening!
In our first Collector Spotlight episode, we sit down for a chat with Kevin Devitt. Those familiar with Kevin know that he has a collection of custom knives that is as diverse as it is deep. We talk about his collecting motivation and changes in the scene over time. Kevin shares some insights on a few special pieces in his collection that you won’t want to miss. Join us in the Mark of the Maker group on Facebook to see some photos of these special knives or find Kevin on Instagram @krevman12.
In our second history episode, we dig into the early days of Randall Made Knives and how they grew to be known as one of the premier knife companies in the world. We talk about the vision and legacy of W.D. “Bo” Randall, how his brand helped define and shape the knife industry, and about how Randall Made Knives have been favored by our armed forces for decades. The crew each talks about their favorite model and some background on why they find them significant.
The MotM team recaps Blade Show 2018 and some of the changes to the show for this year – some that were good, and others not so good. We share some sounds from the floor of the biggest knife show of the year and some feedback we received about the podcast during the weekend. The crew discusses a few newer makers to watch, cool stuff we brought home and some advice for makers about how they might reflect on their own Blade 2018 experience.
With Blade Show just around the corner, we decided to offer up an episode regarding knife show etiquette. Some of the tips are specific to Blade, but most are applicable to any knife show experience. We discuss prep, do’s and don’ts, and some advice for both collectors and makers, whether veterans of the show scene or new folks to the fold. See you in a couple weeks!
These mugs were sort of an experiment to see how the logo would come across as a laser engraving. We’ll call it a success, but we only have a few available. These are 10oz ceramic mugs with the MotM logo engraved on both sides. Since the logo is actually cut through the outer white layer, they are dishwasher safe and should help faciliate your self-caffeinatation (unless you prefer Bourbon, which is cool too) while you enjoy the podcast.
The laser engraved mugs are $25 each, plus $12 shipping to US addresses. As always, more for international. Yes, the shipping is expensive, but you can thank the USPS for that and ceramic mugs are a pain to package safely. Maybe someday we’ll have a Mark of the Maker Prime option. Ha!!
We only have a few, so hit the Buy Now button below if youre you’re interested and thanks as always for your support of the show.
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We’ve been kicking around this design for a little bit and decided we’d offer a tribute shirt for every knifemaker’s favorite band, A2/D2. The pre-order will be open until Noon EST on Sunday, April 29. Production time on the shirts is approx. 2 weeks, so they should ship out to you the week of May 14th and arrive to you just in time for Blade Show 2018. You will want to wear one to Blade Show as there will likely be a cool giveaway that may only be entered by folks wearing this special MotM A2/D2 shirt. Details to follow in the Facebook group and on the podcast itself.
These are Gildan 5.3 oz. 100% pre-shrunk cotton shirts and printed on both sides. The Mark of the Maker icon logo is on the front center chest and the rear print incorporates all four makers marks. Printed in white on black, just like any proper knifemaker t-shirt should be. Why? Because them’s the rules.
These limited-edition shirts are ** PREORDER CLOSED **, shipped to US addresses. More for 2XL-4XL, details in the PayPal button below. There will be an additional $15-30 for overseas shipping, please contact us using the Contact Us form along the right hand side of the page for a shipping quote for international destinations.
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Have you ever watched a movie and noticed details like what knife the character was using or carrying? We sure do and this episode is focused on exactly that, a fun look at knives of the movies. The panel goes round-robin like we did with “Five Knives” and if you’re a child of the action film genre, probably end up talking about some of your favorites. We wrap it up with some fun new stuff, Blade Show updates and a little tip about some upcoming merch you may want to get in on.
Our panel of makers discusses pricing of custom knives and how those price structures have evolved over their careers so far. We touch on materials, design, complexity, technology, and how they all impact pricing. As always, there are differences and similarities – some of which aren’t obvious until we dig into the topic in detail.
Our friend Nick Rossi joins the show to share insights with us about bladesmithing, blacksmithing and his life. Nick is an ABS Journeyman and is working toward becoming a Mastersmith. We discuss his craft and his perspective, and learn how his inspiration sometimes comes from places you might not expect. Together we field a little more Q&A and talk about what’s happening in the maker’s shops.
This time, the crew enjoys a fun conversation where we each talk about “five knives” that we think are cool. Some are historically significant, others are grails, and many are just regular knives with personal meaning. Thanks to listener input, we take on a couple Q&A questions on cooking and advice for new makers, and reveal the subject of our first interview.