Mark of the Maker

Mark of the Maker

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... Show More

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August 9, 2020

It's that time of year when some of you are sending off a loved one to college or off into the real world.  We talk about our picks for proper send-off in a few different categories, all with a sub-$100 price point in mind.  It's certain that we missed some good ones, be sure to share your own picks with us, we'd love to hear them! Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussi...

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This one's been a long time coming, our friend and knifemaker Gerry McGinnis joins us for a great interview about his life and how he got into knifemaking.  Gerry has a unique story, having gotten into knife making at such an early age.  He tells us about his various projects, his love of hunting and fishing, and a new venture he's working on that many of you will find interesting. Check out our Patreon and follow us on Ins...

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Here's another "picks" episode where we talk about how we'd set one another up in the event of a doomsday scenario.  We're not experts, we just thought it would be fun and let's face it, we're nerds and we just like to talk gear.  Hope you enjoy it!  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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Chad Nichols of Nichols Damascus Steel joins us for this episode.  We talk about Chad's background, how he got into knives, and ultimately what led him to become of the key suppliers of damascus steel and other materials to the knife industry.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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Yes, we're back!  We chat quarantine, knives and take some listener questions in our first episode after a bit of a hiatus.  It's been a crazy time and we hope you are all staying safe and healthy.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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April 19, 2020

Knifemaker and all around good guy Sal Manaro joins us for some good conversation about his path into knifemaking.  We talk history, shop and techniques and still manage to have a few laughs along the way.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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Feeling a little weirded out about what's going on?  We are too!  One thing is certain:  We're all in this together.  Mark and Michael chat about some of the challenges we are all facing and check in with you all.  Wishing you all the best and much love from the MotM crew! Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.http://www.markofthem...

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We recap our experience at this year's Tactical Knife Invitational in Nashville and fill out the episode with some Q&A.  This one's all over the map, with lots of laughs and maybe a little helpful information as well.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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This one started out with the working title "Knife Mythbusters" and just sort of rolled off into a series of rants mixed in with some myth busting.  The topic evolved as we went along but hopefully you find it somewhat entertaining and maybe a little bit educational as well.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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This time we walk through some knives and makers that we think you should know about.  Some of you will be familiar with some of these knives or makers, but hopefully there's something in here for everyone.  Get your Google lookup ready, this one had the working title "The Rabbit Hole Episode."  Hope you enjoy it!  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Faceb...

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We chat about some noteworthy trends, things and experiences from 2019 and spend some time talking about things we are looking forward and makers to watch in 2020.  This one kicks off Season 3 of Mark of the Maker, thanks for coming along with us on the journey!  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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We wrap up Season 2 with an update from Sean on his journey back to school, as he finishes up his second semester of study.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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It's that time of year again!  We kick this one off with some silky smooth tones from the one and only Sean Kendrick.  Then we head off into making some Christmas gift picks for one another from three categories, from under $50 stocking stuffer to full custom.  You or your significant other might just hear a great holiday gift idea in this one, there are some cool picks and we might just include one or two that you aren't f...

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We had way WAY more stuff to talk about, so Bob Terzuola graciously joins us for a second episode to chat about a little more history and some Q&A.  This time, the conversation gets much deeper, from shop talk to collaborations to the impacts of social media on the knife world to the debate about handmade vs. CNC and more.   Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Fac...

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November 3, 2019 120 min

We know he feels a little uncomfortable with these kinds of terms, but to describe knifemaker Bob Terzuola as anything other than a "living legend" would be a disservice, in our opinion.  Bob leads us through his personal timeline and shares many fantastic stories along the way.  We also get some insights into the upcoming release of the much anticipated 2nd Edition of his book about knife making, "The Tactical Folding ...

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October 20, 2019 128 min

We asked our listeners to submit questions for the crew - and we got a BUNCH from you!  This episode is dedicated to working our way through a pile of listener Q&A.  Knifemaker stuff, business stuff, thoughtful stuff and a couple fun things as well.  Give it a listen, your question might just have made the cut!  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for mor...

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We chat about what makes a "good knife," and offer some tips on what to look for when checking out a knife at a show or from a maker that is new to you.  We hit both folders and fixed blades, in this mini that turned into a "halfisode."  Follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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September 1, 2019 109 min

We decided we needed to spend a bit more time talking with Billy Cho about some of the challenges newer makers face in today's custom knife world, and Billy was gracious enough to join us for some additional conversation.  This one turned into a 2-way Q&A, so there should be something in here for just about everyone.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebo...

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August 18, 2019 150 min

Knifemaker Billy Cho joins Mark of the Maker for a discussion about his life, his knives, what inspires his work and his perspective as a newer knifemaker.  Billy has a pretty wide-ranging personal story, which helps paint yet another version of the story about where a knifemaker can emerge from. Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.

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August 4, 2019 158 min

The incredibly talented Nick Rolfe joins us to chat about knives, his life, and his own journey from collecting knives to using them in Search and Rescue.  We have a very frank and open conversation about people of color in and around the knife world and Nick shares his own picks for a Three Knife Collection.  Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conv...

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