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Mark of the Maker

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Mark of the Maker is a panel discussion with renowned custom knife makers Tom Krein, Sean Kendrick and Michael Burch, and hosted by Mark Stheiner. The format is much like a group of friends sitting around in The Pit at Blade Show, talking knives - a look at life from the perspective of the maker as well as the collector. Covering broader topics such as tactical knife history, trends, industry commentary and influences of social media, as well as conversations with other knifemakers, collectors and notable figures in and around the custom knife world. Music: “noir guitar” by Stevie’s Amp Shack, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0

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United States

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Mark of the Maker is a panel discussion with renowned custom knife makers Tom Krein, Sean Kendrick and Michael Burch, and hosted by Mark Stheiner. The format is much like a group of friends sitting around in The Pit at Blade Show, talking knives - a look at life from the perspective of the maker as well as the collector. Covering broader topics such as tactical knife history, trends, industry commentary and influences of social media, as well as conversations with other knifemakers, collectors and notable figures in and around the custom knife world. Music: “noir guitar” by Stevie’s Amp Shack, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0

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@markofmaker

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 113: The Story of Knife Steel

2/11/2024
Dr. Larrin Thomas joins us for a well-overdue visit to talk about his book The Story of Knife Steel: Innovators Behind Modern Damascus and Super Steels. It's a fantastic book and one you should add to your collection, with an incredibly deep and well-researched pile of information. Larrin walks us through some great stories about various steels and the people behind them. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:05:45

Episode 112: Season 7 Kickoff

1/21/2024
We kick off our 7th (!!) season with a look back at shows, trends, and some things we came across that we really enjoyed. There's also some talk about 2024 and what some of our hopes and aspirations look like for the coming year. Be sure to share your own goals with us, we'd love to hear them. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:55:51

Episode 111: Holiday Money Picks

1/1/2024
Do you sometimes get cash from folks for the holidays? We do, so we wrap up Season 6 with a picks episode with some things we might pick if we had some "gift yourself" money to spare. Four price points and some gear we like. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:01:14

Episode 110: Shane Sibert

12/16/2023
We sit down with top tier knifemaker Shane Sibert and talk knives and knifemaking. Shane's journey and his knifemaking process is a little different than some others, but without question he's one of the modern greats and the knives that come out of his relatively basic shop are truly outstanding. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:55:32

Episode 109: Military Knives

11/28/2023
Do you like Military knives? We sure do, so we put together this picks episode across a few different categories. Fighting knives, bayonets and more. We were left with a few questions, so if you know the answers, please reach out or join our FB group to discuss. **Apologies in advance on this one for an audio issue that we were only able to partially resolve. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:12:42

Episode 108: Dr. Jim Lucie

10/29/2023
Those of you familiar with the Scagel story (and our podcast on the topic) will also be familiar with the book Scagel Handmade, written by Dr. James Lucie. Dr. Lucie was not only the worlds foremost collector and expert on Scagel knives, but a truly interesting person and knifemaker in his own right. His daughter Stephanie Lucie joins us to help tell her father's story and we walk together through her book "Dr. Jim Lucie: A Bladesmith's Life & Legacy." We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

Duration:01:59:42

Episode 107: Treat or Trick

10/15/2023
It's that time of year - Halloween is nearly here! This year we put together a picks episode, with some "treats" aka affordable knives that you'd be happy to give out to a friend and a few "tricks" as well. Our browser histories will never be the same, and after this one, neither will yours. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:04:19

Episode 106: If I Knew Then...

9/24/2023
Have you ever asked yourself "if you could give some advice to the younger you, what would you tell them?" For Episode 106, we did exactly that, focused on knifemaking and collecting. A little bit of self reflection, a little bit of "Get Off My Lawn" and a little bit of fun along the way. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:58:28

Episode 105: Mathew Boisvert

9/3/2023
We enjoy a great discussion on knifemaking and a passion for learning with Mathew Boisvert. You may recognize Mat's name, as we have mentioned him a few times previously on the show. He's a newer maker but has taken his craft to new levels through innovation and a love of learning and problem solving. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:04:15

Episode 104: PNWCI Wrap-Up

8/20/2023
We sit down with our friends Billy Cho and Nick Rolfe to talk about the recent Pacific Northwest Custom Invitational show that they put on in Seaside, Oregon. By all accounts it was a great show, so we dig into what went right, what could have been better, and what the challenges look like when putting together a knife show. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:23:51

Episode 103: Three More Knives

8/6/2023
Here's a fresh "picks" episode where we each pick three knives we think you should know about. Some are historically significant, others are just cool and may be outside what you've seen before. Or, maybe you're familiar with all of them and it's a trip down memory lane. Come geek out on knives with us! Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:00:51

Episode 102: Todd Begg Pt.2

7/23/2023
Todd Begg joins us for another round of discussion. This time we hit on design aesthetic and process, knifemaking influences, tools, the business of knifemaking, and his round trip from customs to semi-production and back again. We also talk shows and the role and complications of production partnerships in the business overall. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:05:40

Episode 101: Todd Begg Pt.1

7/9/2023
Award winning knifemaker, designer and President of The Knifemaker's Guild Todd Begg joins us to chat about his knife making journey. Todd tells us about his own timeline and shares some great insights as well as some stories about legendary makers he's had the honor of knowing and working with over the years. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:08:20

Episode 100: The Centennial

6/25/2023
Can you believe it's been 100+ epsiodes of Mark of the Maker? Hard for us to wrap our head around. We look back at how the show got started, some things we hope we've accomplished and where we hope to go from here. We wrap up with our own little "awards show" in celebration of Ep.100. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:08:32

Episode 99.5: Catching Up

6/11/2023
Personal schedules have been crazy for the crew but we found time right after Blade Show 2023 to get together for a chat and to catch up. We talk vacation, New Orleans Show, and Blade Show and hear about some great finds and new things that caught our eye. It's been a minute, thanks all for sticking with us! Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:56:17

Episode 99: Oddities

4/30/2023
The old Knives Annual Books had a category sometimes called "Oddities." We take a deep dive into that genre of stuff, across a very, very wide spectrum of creativity in the form of a picks episode. We each picked out some interesting stuff and did some research that we'll share with you, with a big time focus on the funky! Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:02:05:43

Episode 98: The Warhammer 40k Edged Weapons Episode - Sean Nerds Out

4/16/2023
Sean takes Mark on a trip into the world of Warhammer 40k to talk edged weapons. What's Warhammer 40k? Why are you talking about this on a knife podcast?! What in the name of Kharn is a chain axe!?? Also, NERDS!!!!?! Yes, yes - we answer those questions and more and talk about some crazy weaponry found in this grim, dark, future world. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:05:33

Minisode: Blade Texas 2023

4/2/2023
Tom gives us the scoop regarding his visit to Blade Show Texas 2023. Sounds like it was a great time and he gives us some insight on some cool things he saw at the show and what it was like being in Fort Worth again. Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:00:53:34

Episode 97: History Combosode 2

2/12/2023
We take a shot at our next History "Combosode" - a collection of shorter knife history spots, one from each of us on the team. Four legendary makers and a little bit about their stories: John Nelson Cooper, Bob Engnath, Bud Nealy and D. E. "Ed" Henry. Hope you find something interesting and maybe learn a cool piece of knife history along the way! Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:47:04

Episode 96: Kitchen Knife Picks

1/29/2023
What's the most used knife in your house? Chances are it's a kitchen knife, and sometimes not a very good one! We can help, and with some of our picks, we can dream. In Episode 96, we each make some kitchen knife picks in a series of price ranges. From affordable to "OH DAMN" we cover a lot of territory as usual. Dust off the googlebox and join us for the ride. Find us at our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

Duration:01:56:51