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.

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Episode 73: Switchblades and BB Guns

Author, collector and all-around enthusiast Neal Punchard joins us to talk about two truly fun topics. It seems most knife nerds have many life interests and experiences in common and who doesn’t remember their first time using a switchblade or their first BB gun. Part history, part throwback fun, we think there’s plenty here for most anyone to enjoy.

Please visit our sponsor American Metal Xchange for your titanium and exotic knifemaking material needs.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us via Patreon! For more discussion and insight on our show topics, follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook.

Episode 72: Fall Catch-All

The weather is starting to turn cooler and we check in with our crew to talk Arts in Metal, adventures, upcoming shows and projects, and plans for this winter.  Lots going on for the entire team this time of year.  COVID, changes to show schedules and “life” have thrown us all some curveballs.

Please visit our sponsor American Metal Xchange for your titanium and exotic knifemaking material needs.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us via Patreon! For more discussion and insight on our show topics, follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook.

(Bonus) Minisode: Back to School – Part 6

Sean talks wraps up the Back to School series in this final installment post-graduation from his machining program. He gives some insights about the kinds of things he learned, how he’s been able to use them and offers some advice to people in similar situations. As usual, we also talk about some cool things we’ve seen recently and where to find them.

Please visit our sponsor American Metal Xchange for your titanium and exotic knifemaking material needs.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us via Patreon! For more discussion and insight on our show topics, follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook.

Episode 71: Tim Reeve

Tim Reeve of Chris Reeve Knives joins us to talk about knives, life and business. Tim shares some insight about what it was like to grow up as part of this family business, including some history and personal perspective on what it all means. It’s a great insight to the current state of CRK, their workflow and some fun projects on the “wish list.”

Please visit our sponsor American Metal Xchange for your titanium and exotic knifemaking material needs.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us via Patreon! For more discussion and insight on our show topics, follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook.

Episode 70: Metallurgy Mythbusters

Dr. Larrin Thomas joins us again to talk metallurgy and this time we dive into busting some myths around steel and heat treat. This one’s definitely a more technical episode, so buckle up for some detailed talk and if you haven’t already, check out Larrin’s book Knife Engineering and his website Knife Steel Nerds.

Please visit our sponsor American Metal Xchange for your titanium and exotic knifemaking material needs.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us via Patreon! For more discussion and insight on our show topics, follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook.