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Ken Erickson Knives: A Retrospective

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Blues, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Congratulations Ken! You are a master at your craft and deserve the recognition.
  2. pertinux


    Feb 1, 2012
    Great news, Ken!


    Enjoy your well-deserved timeout-- downtime with a close friend sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate. :)

    ~ P.
  3. bakerg2g


    Apr 22, 2010
    Well Done Ken. Congrats...

  4. shaldag


    Jun 17, 2004
    Congratulations, Ken.
  5. marthinus


    Dec 10, 2006
    Congratulations ken! Well deserved!
  6. wagglebee


    Jun 6, 2009
    Fantastic news Ken! Very well deserved.
  7. expwmbat


    Jan 5, 2006
    Big congrats, Ken! It's a great honor and accolade for a man who is a master of his craft.

  8. jeffsaul


    Jun 21, 2009
    Excellent you deserve every accolade you receive.

  9. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    Congratulations, Ken. I agree with everyone else, you deserve every accolade your receive, Your kindness, the way your share information, and help anyone who asks, is a testament to your character. May the smiles keep coming your way.
  10. VCM3

    VCM3 Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 26, 2005
    Congrat's Ken :thumbup:
  11. ptradeco

    ptradeco Gold Member Gold Member

    May 26, 2010
    I had the good fortune of getting to CF & CE this knife at the Badger Show and I assure you it was a forgone conclusion concerning who was going to win that award before it was even entered. To say Ken nailed this old Sheffield pattern would be an understatement. A bonafide tour de force. Oh yeah, BTW, I got to leave with one of those knives in the video:D:D:D
  12. quattromori


    May 7, 2011
    Thanks to Gus for the picture and update.
    Honestly, your prize came as no surprise to me, and I hope you enjoy it, cause it's well deserved.
    I haven't handled any of your knives (yet ;)) but even the pleasure of exchanging emails with you and discussing knife projects deserves an award :)

  13. synthesist

    synthesist So many knives so little time

    Sep 14, 2004
    Takes a deeeeep breath and thinks back to the look and feel, fit and finish, of each of those knives at the Janesville show. I was there. I saw and held them all, up close, and personal, on Friday while chatting with Ken and some of his other admirers. I've looked at a lot of traditional folders over the years and his are right up there with any of his contemporaries. I admit to a particular lust for a lockback whittler which I'm working my way towards ordering if I don't order an Orange Blossom first.

    I thought I was through with the addiction.............. Turns out that I'm thinking I just need much better drugs.


    T.A.DAVISON Slip Joint Knife Maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 24, 2005

    Way to go Ken, well deserved win. - :thumbup::thumbup::cool:
  15. Craigb


    Nov 21, 2004
    Congratulations Ken!!!
  16. ken erickson

    ken erickson

    Aug 27, 2004
    Thanks for all the congrats and kind words! I an not able to express how much they mean to me.
    I just returned (Monday evening) from the show.

    The turn out for this show was extremely well attended, pretty much a full house all three days with just a few lulls. The Badger Club does a really nice job with this show.

    It was great to spend some time with Ken Coats, Keith Johnson, Mike Zscherny along with many other wonderful folks. It was a real pleasure to get to know Brad (Ptradeco) on a personal level. Thanks Brad, I enjoyed the time spent.

    It was a heartwarming story on the champagne knife for me.
    The man on my right purchased the knife for his brother-in-law(on my left) for his 50th birthday. The gift was a complete surprise to the recipient which unfolded at my table.

    Thanks again guys!
  17. Phi Sig

    Phi Sig

    Oct 15, 2006
    Congratulations. It was a pleasure for my son and I to meet you at the show.
  18. ptradeco

    ptradeco Gold Member Gold Member

    May 26, 2010
    3 5/8" Swayback Jack Shadow

    Flat Grind with Drawn Swage
    Ivory Linen Micarta

    As I mentioned a couple of posts up I got to leave the Badger Show with one of the knives in the video Ken made. I made it to Ken's table in sufficient time to have my pick of the ones he brought to the show. After giving these knives the hard, cold, eagle eye:cool: I picked this one. It was the simplest in design and construction but in all around judging of the knives it won the day with me. I think we tend to forget that sometimes the simpler knives are just as strong a statement to the makers abilities as the more complex. For when the knives are less complex the errors tend to stand out more. This one comes as close to perfection as it gets. I actually needed :eek: a knife as I was sending the only EDC I had with me home with Ken for a fluff and buff. Poor planning on my part but sometimes that works out. Without my failure I probably would not have ended up with this little gem. It has been in my pocket everyday since. And I was never overly fond of Swaybacks. Guess I never had a good one:D

    Ken, if you will recall there were several conversations over the weekend with various people about these ivory Micartas. The pictures are not the best but even after just 10 days the coloring is changing. It is definitely losing its' yellowness, becoming more cream colored and is noticeably richer and deeper. It will be interesting to see how much it changes over time.

    Thanks for a truly great knife.

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  19. SharpNJ

    SharpNJ Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    Beautiful knife - simple and clean.
  20. mike Berkovitch

    mike Berkovitch

    Nov 15, 2007
    Congratulations Ken, what a lovely knife Brad you are lucky man.

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