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Thread: New sword, new photographer

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Michigan USA

    New sword, new photographer

    I just finished a European piece from around the 4th -5th century and as always needed it photographed but, as always, was in a huge time crunch. Many of my best pieces have went out the door with no photo record because the way I work often has the customer chomping at the bit for shipping and I have never like the idea of shipping a customers brand new blades all around the country to anybody but them. This has always left me in a bind that has me driving all over the country and trying to match my schedule with the photographers regularlyfeatured in knife publications.

    So last week I had one of those paradigm shifts in my way of thinking the problem out. I doubt anybody could make a lucrative living from just snapping photos for knifemakers, so I asked myself, why not see if there are any really good product photographers in my area? I looked up some in the Lansing area and found a website that had impressive pictures of glassware and I thought to myself- if this guy can shoot glass, he can shoot blades.

    Well I gave him a call and was surprised to find how eager this guy was to work with me, so I made the 35 minute drive to his studio to discuss things. When I arrived I found out why he was so accommodating- the guy really digs swords and had actually attended a lecture I did at MSU with Hank Reinhardt back in 1996!

    The actual shoot was a real joy, almost a collaborative effort, although he is definitely the expert. Since the guy guarantees your satisfaction anyhow, allowing me to look into the viewfinder before the final shutter snap was no problem. As we looked though his props and backgrounds we found an old weathered map of the Roman Empire and both had that eureka moment about how well it would go with this sword. To top it off he set up an FTP online so I instantly had my picture one week after the shoot.

    Anyhow to make a long story short, I know –too late, I got my sword photographed and only had to travel as far as I normally do to get tools, welding supplies, or a good single malt, and I am helping out another Michigan business (we need all the help we can get here).

    Oh, and the sword- O1/L6 (with a hint of O2 for accent), buffalo horn handle, with real bronze fittings.

  2. #2
    Absolutely brilliant! This is my favorite sword of yours that has been posted on SFI. I hope your new relationship with the photographer means more pictures for us in the future! Thank you very much for posting this stunning sword.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Maryland (metro D.C.)
    Ooo... shiny...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Sintra, Portugal
    Your sword looks gorgeous. Really nice bronze and black styling too.

    To the both of you guys:
    Awesome job!
    Oblivion is the shield of the mind

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Stunning! Hope to see much more Kevin!

  6. #6
    One of the most beautiful swords to grace these forums in a long time.

    Amazing... truly amazing.
    "It is my feeling that to make a good sword, one must make a weapon first, and art second. But if it is really "right", it is both things at once, and in equal measure." -- Howard Clark

    "I cannot compensate for improper use of a sword. Nothing is bullet proof and idiots prove on a regular basis that nothing is idiot-proof -- they're just too creative." -- Keith Larman

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Im not even a fan of that style, but damn thats beautiful! Very nice with the map background also - truly pro. Brass and black usually looks good together, very good call, and the pattern on the blade, combined with the whole thing... just gorgeous. Very nice.

    ~Jessie F.
    "Strategy is the craft of the warrior."

    "The long sword (katana) can be used effectively in all situations."

    -Quotes from the Book of 5 rings by Miyamoto Musashi

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Beautiful sword!! I also hope this new business relationship results in us getting to see much more of your work.

  9. #9
    Cant say enough about this sword. Beautiful Kevin. Kudos to the Photographer too!
    "If you can draw it, we can make it".

    Matt Stagmer - Sword Maker @ BKS

  10. #10
    Fantastic work, truly fantastic.

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    Thumbs up

    Sweet! What a wonderful balance of raw power and artistic finesse. Kudos! Also, the photography is brilliant! What a dynamic synthesis.
    "A wise person aspires the study of swordsmanship. A lucky person finds a worthy teacher, an unlucky person finds yet another student... in the guise of a genuine Master. Sadly, a fool cannot tell the difference either way." Anecdotes of The Unknown Swordsman

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Damn you.

    Now I need to add another name to my list of smiths that I have to eventually get a blade off.

    It's gorgeous.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Chicopee, M.A., U.S.A.
    Beautiful! Youre an inspiration!
    Johnny Montalvo

    "Standing before the enemy,
    he strikes
    but I am already behind him."
    -Morihei Ueshiba

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Wow!!! That is fantastic. There's nothing quite like a nice pattern welded migration blade. Thank you so much for sharing.
    "This was the age of heroes, some legendary, some historical . . . the misty borderland of history where fact and legend mingle."

    - R. Ewart Oakeshott

  15. #15
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    Jan 2006
    Ft Wayne Indiana USA
    wow, that's all I can say Kevin. I love it

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Massachusetts , Metro West
    Beautiful work as usual, Your pictures are dangerous I am not sure I have room for a fifth sword over the fireplace.

    Beauty, Bench Eater, and and the other two we never got around to naming are doing fine.


  17. #17
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    Sep 2004
    Augusta, Georgia
    That's gorgeous Kevin!!

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Wow, this one turned out great, good job. Love the damascus and shape of the handle. The only thing I'd like to see... is a little bit of patina on those fittings.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    now I need a new keyboard, its full of slime from my mouth.
    very nice art work.
    More Sweat In Training Less Blood In Combat
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  20. #20
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    Jun 2010
    Tasmania, Australia.
    Amazing! This sword really is beautiful.

    I waaaaant it!

  21. #21
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    Mar 2003
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I never thought I could look at a sword and feel like I just cheated on my girlfriend... it's just that beautiful. Remarkable work there.
    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

    Ronin Outpost


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