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Ken Coats - Local Celebrity

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by seionage, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. seionage


    Oct 3, 2010
    (don't really know where to post this, but wanted to share)

    Anyone who personally knows Ken, knows he is a humble guy, and wouldn't post this, so I had to.

    The local paper did a write up on him. They don't have a website, so I took photos of the article to post them.

    I must say, that is the most I've ever seen dressed up. Normally he is either wearing ratty jeans or camouflage. ;-)

    I tried to take bigger pictures, so you can read the article.

    Here it is (if you click on the links, the pictures will be bigger):



  2. jac8610


    Dec 4, 2010
    I am impressed. You have a genius in your backyard, if only I had the funds to support his work.
  3. ken erickson

    ken erickson

    Aug 27, 2004
    Thanks for posting and congrats Ken on a very nice article!
  4. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    Thanks for posting that. I had a great time visiting with Ken last Spring at the Janesville Show.
    He builds one heck of a knife and is a pure gentleman.
  5. SBuzek

    SBuzek KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 7, 2006
    Thanks for posting that,good to see a great guy getting some good press.Congrats Ken.

  6. J. Oeser

    J. Oeser

    May 13, 2009
    That's a great article Ken. It's great to see a maker that has paved the way for youngsters like me get some recognition.
  7. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    Congratulations, Ken :)
  8. Clem Kadiddlehopper

    Clem Kadiddlehopper Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 4, 2012
    That was a great read - Thanks for posting it.

    My hats of to you Ken- :thumbup::cool:
  9. Carl_First_Timer


    Dec 6, 2010
    Thank you for sharing. Whenever I see something of Kens, I always pause to enjoy it.
  10. Iowa Buck

    Iowa Buck

    Feb 26, 2012
    Awesome that you posted this article! I am going to try make it to the Janesville show this coming Spring since it is a doable drive. I feel very fortunate that I have had the pleasure of purchasing a knife from Ken along with several makers on this forum, you all are true gentleman and skilled craftsman! It is so refreshing to have a chance to get one of your knives with a simple 'I'll Take It' and not have to wait sometimes years to get a piece. Your prices to us members also remains outstanding in my mind. Thank you! Tony :thumbup:
  11. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    Go for it, it's a good time. :thumbup:
  12. STR

    STR Knifemaker/Moderator Moderator

    Aug 27, 2004
    Thanks. I'm going to say some things myself on this man. My Coats EO Jack (the first one he did btw ) turned out so nice I ended up buying a couple more knives from him special orders of course. The first one I bought from Ken was a whim buy of a shadow toothpic. Didn't know it at the time but what a deal that was and that has been a while. Glad I got one early as they are twice that now. The second was this EO jack followed by another in jigged bone done up brown and just right by Ken. I later had to sell that one but I still have the other two and a saddlehorn I got from Ken later on. Well half a Saddlehorn as its the single blade clip. Each one has one thing in common. Perfect edge geometry and even fine grind lines leading to a perfectly even looking thin bevel to form the apex of what turns out to be one of the best edge keepers that sees pocket time for me. Ken knows his steel and I've found he does the ATS34 up better than anyone else I've ever bought from. I have a lot of it too from all various places and Ken's cut circles around all of em!

    You can find a lot of makers and each one has his strengths. We all shoot for the ideal and we hope to achieve it with each piece. We know that in the end its a practice and it continues to grow only by pushing yourself. Ken has done this and it shows in his work. The knives are not only fit for display if that is what you want but they actually work to boot and believe me not all can say this. Many come fully functional but aesthetics may be off in a couple areas. Many times I've bought what for all practical purposes looked like the perfect user that was absolutely beautiful to behold until you note the obtuse edge profile, the horrible bevel angles, unusually tough to open blades, the wire edge in places if any 'real' working edge is on it at all and many other things we all see from time to time. Few polish off all the edges as perfectly as Ken and we have another Ken here doing this also. We know their work because the work walks the walk. It is a nice treat to be able to buy from a maker and open the knife and put it right to work without having to get out your own edge pro or call the maker about overhangs and what not.

    I've never been disappointed with a Ken Coats folder. Thanks for the article and the pic. Always so nice to put a face to a name, particularly when you have done some biz back and forth with them. :thumbup:
  13. clutchcarter

    clutchcarter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Great article, thanks for posting.

  14. jeffsaul


    Jun 21, 2009
    Excellent article, much appreciated.

    Thanx, Jeff
  15. bakerg2g


    Apr 22, 2010
    Nice article, Thanks for sharing. Congrats Ken..

  16. sextant

    sextant Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    Thanks for sharing the article. His shadow toothpick is one of my favorite knives and it gets a lot of pocket time :)

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