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Discussion in 'Custom Knife Forum Archive' started by A T Barr, Jun 18, 2001.

  1. A T Barr

    A T Barr

    Oct 10, 1998
    I am now a full time Knifemaker and taking orders. On the 24th of May, a large group of people, including myself, were laid off by my ex-company.

    I have thought about and wanted to go full time for years, but was always a little afraid. My ex-company helped me make that decision.

    I still have a few back orders, so at this time I can't say if I have a four month or six month back order. I've never been able to spend 50 to 60 hours a week in my knife shop. I really have no idea how many knives I can produce in a month.

    As most of you know, for the last year or so, I have being taking names of people that wanted to order a knife. I have been contacting them for the last week. If you have not heard from me, please contact me at
    [email protected]

    The same goes for anyone that has placed an order. I have received several emails back, due to incorrect email addresses.

    I have several new knives on my website in the 2 1/2" and 2 15/16" size. Check them out when you have a chance.



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  2. blademan 13

    blademan 13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2000
    I hope things work out for the best, A.T. I am certain that there will be many people thrilled to see you taking orders and increasing your output. I must say that I find your website very informative and refreshingly honest (pics need a little work [​IMG] ). Your small drop point folders in jigged bone are simply gorgeous, and are as close to my definition of a gent's knife as I have seen.
  3. Tom Anderson

    Tom Anderson

    Dec 20, 2000

    The same thing happened to me a while back. You'll be surprised at how much you can get done when all you need to do is make knives! [​IMG]

    After seeing your latest knives at the Blade Show, I doubt if you're going to get bored! [​IMG]

    Tom Anderson
    Hand Crafted Knives

  4. Hoss


    Mar 15, 1999
    A.T. as we discussed on the phone your notification to me that you were about to start my knife was a HUGE thrill.

    With the quality of knives you make I don't think you will have any problem selling knives full-time. I'm sure everything will work out fine, look at it as a blessing in disguise.

    Great to hear from you and best of luck in your "new" full-time passion!!

    Thomas Haas

    "There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something."
  5. Gus Kalanzis

    Gus Kalanzis Havin' fun, learning and putting up with Bastid. Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 4, 1998
    A.T. for what it is worth, I think things will go well and am anxious to see good things come out of this oportunity for you. All of your knives that I have ever handled have been solid and very well made.

    Good luck on the new full time venture, but watch out for the boss [​IMG].

    " The real art of living is to keep alive the longing in human beings to become greater versions of themselves." Laurens Van der Post in memory of James Mattis
  6. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    All the best to you A.T.

    I am on your list and I'd like to place another order.

    Very excited.


    e-mail on the way. [​IMG]
  7. A T Barr

    A T Barr

    Oct 10, 1998
  8. Chiro75


    Feb 4, 1999
  9. Andrew McLurkin

    Andrew McLurkin

    Aug 31, 1999
    A.T., I wish you the best of luck and much success!


    May 6, 2000
  11. Ryan Meyering

    Ryan Meyering

    May 4, 1999
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I've been waiting for this for what... about 3 years now??? You've got mail!


    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 6:23
  12. Kevin Wilkins

    Kevin Wilkins

    Oct 7, 1998
    Hi A.T.,

    best of luck to you, in my experience sometimes unexpected things turn out to be very positive. I remember leaving for what I thought would be a short vacation in Berlin to get away from a bad situation in New York City. That was almost 11 years ago. I never went back. Things have gotten better ever since.

    Obviously you are a very accomplished knifemaker. Keep at it man! And when you think about your old job remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech: "...free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty I'm free at last..."


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