Welcome to Mark of the Maker!

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.

If you’d like to engage with the crew via social media, please feel free to join us on Facebook or Instagram!
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Facebook Discussion Group: LINK
Instagram Feed: @markofthemaker

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!

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Episode 11: Show Etiquette

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!

Mark of the Maker Coffee Mugs

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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Mark of the Maker T-Shirt Preorder!

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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Episode 10: Knives of the Movies

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.

Episode 09: Pricing

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.

Episode 08: Nick Rossi

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.

Episode 07: Five Knives

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.

Episode 06: Scagel Handmade

Our first history episode focuses on a man who many consider The Father of Modern Custom Knives, the legendary and somewhat mysterious Bill Scagel. We discuss aspects of Scagel and his work that any maker or collector should understand, and why he is one of the most important and iconic figures of the knife world.

Episode 05: Mark Stheiner

Our last panel intro is with collector Mark Stheiner. Mark gives us some insight into his background and how he got into knife collecting. We discuss design, knife shows, the knife community, and a shared set of interests that brought us all to a similar place.

Episode 04: Michael Burch

Our third knifemaker panel introduction digs into the life and background of Michael Burch. We learn about Michaels influences, what drives him to perfect his craft, and how his love for knives put him on a path to become a craftsman.