PEOPLE OF INTEREST
awhile not too long ago, he said he is getting a lot of reTuests
and spends most of every weekend fashioning his flashy
blades. The biggest seller, he said, is the basic hunting knife,
known in the trade as an ('& every day carry with a to
inch blade. +e does make larger knives through custom
orders. These ´choppersµ as he calls them are for people who
like to go camping. A little smaller than a machete, they are
useful for chopping branches for wood and other camping
´3eople have been using knives as tools since the beginning
of time, whether it be of obsidian or sharpened flint.
The materials might have changed, but the knives are still the
same,µ he said.
+e works with high carbon steel, which is the best for
sharpening, he said, but it will rust. ,n the bo with each
knife, wrapped in paper separately from its leather sheath, he
includes a slip of paper with the date the knife was created,
the hardness of the steel and the type of handle. +e includes
instructions on caring for the knife and its 86Amade leather
sheath, reminding the buyer to keep the blade lightly oiled
or waed to prevent surface rust. The leather, he said, will
attract water, even from the air, so it is best not to store the
blade in the sheath while it is put away awaiting use.
0c&ullough had a very close relationship with his father.
´+e was born on Aug. and died on Aug. ,µ he said. ´6o
when , was looking for a maker·s mark for my knives, , went
with the astrological symbol for 9irgo. A lot of people look at it
and think it is an 0 for 0c&ullough, but it·s 9irgo for my dad.µ
,n fact, after his father died, 0c&ullough found among his
father·s keepsakes, three of those beautifully crafted letter
openers he made so long ago in his grandfather·s workshop.
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fHshiVUiUN. (lVUN ^ih hL fVrNL hH hLHs hL IlHKL his VVls HrL siTilHr V
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