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Rob Simonich

Big Bear
Oct 3, 1998
Folks, I need some help here, I have decided to make knives full time, and need help counting down my last 4 days at the Gold Mine. My last day is June 28th. This is all possible due to all you customers out there who have bought, ordered, and who are patiently waitinf for their knives. And a special thanks to DC, Ron and Karen Hood, Bob Allman, and Walt Welch, And Mike Turber and Spark, and the Blade Forumites for their encouragement and support. I promise to try my best to make the best knives I can and give good service and keep promises. Thanks everyone!

OK, I will start.



[This message has been edited by Rob Simonich (edited 24 June 1999).]
Congratulations Ron. I hope this step brings you much happiness and success. Have fun, go for it, and do not look back. I have a stong feeling you will do well.
Congrats Rob. Wish you all the best and may the "daily grind" get to you no more. Hyuk hyuk....

Dexter Ewing
Knife Reviews Moderator
AKTI Member # A000005

"The keystroke is mightier than the sword"

Hey, bud, maybe you should have kept your day job. Hehehehe
No, go for it full blast. The future is out there. I think you have found the azimuth and speed. Gunner, Sabot, Tank, Identified, Fire, On the way......................
Aahh... yesss... But this doesn't mean you have more customers do custom jobs, does it?


I met you in Georgia at the knife show and you have my best wishes, I'm sure you'll be successful.

Best of wishes to your career move. I myself am happy for you and I think the knife world will be a better place because of it.
Congratulations, Rob!!!

I'll bet that all of the livestock in Montana with their gonads still attached are all breathing a collective sigh of relief! I'm looking forward to using one of the first ever Talonite chef's knives and to being able to honor you as "Mr. Talonite".

Whatever you do...Never lose that wacky sense of humor!

Nick Blinoff
Believe me Rob, you'll be getting alot more of my money! The Forumites alone will probably keep you pretty busy. They all got me wanting Talonite! Good luck
Judging from your website, I don't think you'll have a big problem attaining success as a knifemaker. In a sense, you already have. I'm envious of you. Best of luck to you.