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About Me

My name is Bill Kirkes.  I live in Little Rock Rock, AR.  I am a retired carman with the Union Pacific Railroad and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  I made my first knife from an old file when I was in my teens and gave it to my dad.  He used that thing for years and kept it in his tackle box.  Over the years I've made other knives, (mainly hunters) and have no idea whatever happened to them.  About three years ago I picked  up the hobby again and began making bowies from leaf springs.  At that time I used the stock removal method.  Since joining the American Bladesmith Society and the Arkansas Knifemakers Association I now forge my blades from carbon steel, usually 5160 or 1084. I recently attended the Intro to bladesmithing course at Old Washington, AR.  I intend to go for my journeyman smith rating with the ABS in 2011 and then mastersmith.  Take a look at my knives and feel free to contact me.  I can also take special orders.

Note: Be sure and look for my table at the Arkansas Knifemakers Association  Custom Knife Show in Little Rock, AR on Feb. 20 & 21. It will be held at the Robinson Center Exhibition Hall. Also, I plan to attend the Branson Hammer-in at the Shephard of the Hills Farm in Branson, MO on June 26 & 27.

Mar 1, 2010-Thanks to all those who stopped by my table at the blade show in Little Rock. I sold several knives am very pleased with the turnout! I may try to make it down to Atlanta in June for that show. Also, I Plan to go to the Shepherd of the Hills Hammer-in and Knife show in Branson, MO. on June 26 & 27. I attended a three day course on damascus on Feb 25-27 taught by ABS mastersmith J.W. Randall in Shreveport. Very educational. He let us in on some of his secrets! All for now. I'm about out of knives. Need to get busy.

July 7th, 2010- This is the latest of my adventures. Went to Branson, MO for the hammer-in and knife show held at the Shepherd of the Hills on June 26th & 27th. This event is put on by Gary Mulkey and some other very hard working folks. Gary is the "resident knifemaker" and a very talented one at that! He turns out some beautiful work. This is the 2nd year for this event. Next year he has scheduled it for late Sept. I was thrilled to have one of my knives selected as "best bowie" (see pg. 3) and also took 2nd place in the cutting competion. Needless to say, I throughly enjoyed myself! Thanks to Gary and all the good people that made this such a fun time!


Below are some shots from one of the meetings at Al's Riverside Machine Shop in DeQueen, AR. and the bladesmith school in Old Washington.

Above: Pigging out at Al's.

Below: Some of the fine knives on display at Al's.

Left: Me (at left) and my classmates at the ABS school in Old Washington.


Below: J.R. Cook slicing water bottles at the school.

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