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A word about TKG certifications

There has been much recent discussion regarding the introduction of our new Texas Ranger Knifemaker certification level.  I would like to take some time to shed more light on how it fits within our charter as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization and how it differs from LoneStar Knifemaker certification. First, how does this new certification fit within our charter as a non-profit educational organization?  - According to Article III in our Bylaws, our Mission Statement contains the following: "The mission of the Guild is to bring knifemakers together, in order to perpetuate the art of knifemaking; to promote and encourage an interest in knives and [...]

By |March 7th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2024 Board of Directors’ Election Results

The Texas Knifemakers' Guild is served by a Board of Directors composed of five directors per region in the State of Texas, with the regions being North, South, and West. The 2023 Board of Directors was composed of the following Directors: North: Jamie Herring (2023-2024), Jason Boone (2023-2024), Ronnie Packard (2022-2023), Gene DuBois (2022-2023), and Shane Stainton (2022-2023). South: Jason Wilder (2023-2024), Jack Thatcher (2023-2024), James Huse (2022-2023), Terry Dunn (2022-2023), and Brett Noake (2022-2023). West: Bryan Borton (2023-2024), Dan Girard (2023-2024), Jason Fry (2022-2023), Jim Poor (2022-2023), Dale White (2022-2023). Each director is elected for a two year rotating term with the election being [...]

By |January 2nd, 2024|Membership News|0 Comments

Jared Foster Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Jared Foster Memorial Scholarship will be accepted until March 01.

By |January 4th, 2023|Membership News|0 Comments

A word about “handmade” knives and the TKG

The following is from the most recent national Knifemakers Guild newsletter (November 2016). While the TKG is not formally affiliated with the national guild, we hold many of the same values and standards. Our goal in the TKG is to promote knifemaking, however you do it, but whatever your method, full disclosure is a must. "The Guild recognizes that the term "Handmade Knives" is difficult to define and subject to varying interpretations, but hold that, at a minimum, it requires that a maker personally grind, forge, or knap the blade, and honestly disclose how each component is produced. The real question is how much work [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Membership News|0 Comments

Troubleshooting Common Knifemaking Problems

Here are a few tips for dealing with some of the places where things commonly go wrong. Dealing With Warpage Sometimes the blade comes out of the quench crooked. It can be straightened hot, above roughly 500 degrees, immediately after the quench. Use welding gloves. Once it’s cool, it can be straightened during the temper cycles. Clamp the blade to a piece of steel that is flat. Use shims if necessary. Run through temper cycles as usual. Sometimes takes a bit of trial and error, but works almost every time. If you want a two-piece knife, go ahead and try and straighten one cold by [...]

By |May 25th, 2016|Tips and Tricks|0 Comments