New Anvil Set-up in Process

Almost done! The table is built, the anvils have been moved. Next anchor them down.  Next time I update you I’ll be ready to hit the forge and start hammering! Stay tuned!

On Exhibit: Railroad Hooks to Custom-forged Knives and Hand-carved Irish Cudgel

Hand-forged knives and hand-carved Irish Cudgel are on display at the Sumter Gallery of Art during the Artists Guild Exhibition through August 2019.

Coehorn Mortars in all sizes

A bit of history -A Coehorn  was a portable mortar developed in the Netherlands by  Menno van Coehoorn in 1674 and in use from the seventeenth to the mid nineteenth centuries. Unlike larger, heavier mortars, the coehorn was designed to be movable by as few as four men. By the time of the American Civil War, it was in service with both armies in twelve (4.62″) and twenty-four pound varieties.

Unlike most other contemporary mortars, the coehorn fired a powder-filled, time-fused shell at a relatively short range. Range could be altered by adding to or reducing the amount of powder loaded behind the shell. Its usually small powder charge and slow muzzle velocity meant that the shell’s high, arching flight could be easily observed from ground level.

Small replicas of Coehorn mortars made of brass and steel with wooden bases. Size of barrels range from 6 to 10 inches. See more images on Specialty Knives page!



File Knives & A Viking Seax!

Check out this new creation created from an old file. The knife resembles a Viking Seax.



Unique Railroad Spike Knives Now Available!

1These railroad spike knives make great gifts for the holidays or for any special occasion.  If you love oysters, you may find the railroad spike oyster shucking knives a great fit. Cheese and fruit on the menu? Or looking for a unique steak knife?  The hand turned railroad spike cutting knife will stand the test of time and use.  Click on this link for more information about these unique creations –

“The Shell” Oyster Shucking Board – Great Tool for Your Oysterfest!

IMG_8851 IMG_8850 IMG_8847 Many oyster lovers are planning their “Oysterfests!” 

Here is a great way to save your fingers in the process – use “The Shell” – the latest and greatest design in oyster shucking boards.   Thanks for sharing your photos Bill and Phil!

Quick tip – Use the edge of the board to hook to your table.  That will stabilize the board and give you more leverage in the shucking process! For more information on “the shell” click this link THE SHELL .

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Use Your Skillet Skills to Make Shrimp and Grits

Have you ever had shrimp and grits? If not, this easy recipe may tempt you into give it a try.ScreenHunter_282 Jan. 15 15.23


  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced


Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter andIMG_9042 IMG_1161cheese.

Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Use your Ulu knife to add chopped bacon, lemon juice, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.

Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Martha Nesbit; Photography Credit of Shrimp and Ulu Knife: Christine Gonzales; Shrimp and Grits : André Baranowski