This is part two of our interview with Derrick Obatake of Steel Flame. We talk about the challenges that creative people face in business, the root and meaning behind “HGR,” the origins of the Killbox, and Derrick’s own journey into knifemaking. A great wrap-up to a fantastic interview that will hit hard with people who create things for a living.
Our first guest of Season 4 is jeweler, craftsman, artist, knifemaker and all-around badass, Derrick Obatake of Steel Flame. Derrick explains the core of Steel Flame and the community around it. We chat about how he got into the industry and some of his perspective on growing a small business. This one was long enough that we split it into two episodes, so stay tuned for Ep.57 where we finish our discussion.
Whew, what a year! We kick off Season 4 of MotM with a bit of reflection on 2020, talk about some makers and projects that got our attention, and give some thought to what we are looking forward to for 2021. There was no shortage of things to talk about with a bit of an introspective from the crew.