Badoracle, the Jolly Rogers, Madder than Max - who is definitely not a knifemaker and has only ever written some nice post-it notes - is assisting Spork Girl with her adventures in knife-making. We were calling the response to the resulting whirlwind surrounding the sole proprieter - a necessary "Police Action," but recently updated it to a "Kinetic Response." The guy pictured at right, is around in a purely "advisory" role, to make things go smoother, and to get the proprieter something to eat when she gets real grumpy. Just think of him as an Oompa-Loompa.
Badoracle is an Air Force veteran. He served with the Tactical Fighter Weapons Center at Nellis AFB in Nevada, the 501st Tactical Missile Wing (operating GLCM Tactical Nuclear Weapons) at RAF Greenham Common in the U.K., the 833rd Air Division (F-4s, AT-38 and F-15s) and the 49th Fighter Wing (F-117 Stealth Fighters) - at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Badoracle has walked through Red Square in Moscow, and body-surfed off the Horn of Africa. His last official action was deployment with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, the Joint Task Force and the Unified Task Force in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. Badoracle is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Aikido and U.S. Representative for the Ellis Schools of Tradtional Aikido. He is a former daily news reporter and editor and has worked as one of six Graphic Artists in the State of New Mexico's Cultural Affairs Division. He is also author of the text book, Positive Aikido and the action-adventure novel, "The Lapis Wings of Night." Lately, he specializes in post-it notes and pastry-sampling.
For those interested, our knives feature a zero-grind style at between 7.5 and 11 degrees. We do each of these completely by-hand and by-eyeball. There are no jigs at work here. Our grinder
features a ten-inch wheel with a variable speed controller - and we run it at high pressures with a 70 duro contact wheel and 2 inch x 72-inch blaze ceramic belts.
We do not, however, weigh our knives. If you are worried about how much they weigh, you must be preparing to take them into space. Hope you have a good trip.
Our steels have been LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV, ELMAX, M390, CTS-204P, Z-FINIT Nitrogen Steel, CPM-20CV and a couple in N690 and Cowry X. We are always experimenting - and always looking for new materials and treatments.
Our coatings are also specialized stuff: We use Black-T and Black Diamond DLC. Our blades are sent out to those two companies to accomplish that work, depending on the requirements of the project.
We do all our own firing and cryo work. Everything by-hand and by-heart.
FOR KNIFE BUILDS...
(yep. We are that busy)
Troops come first.