Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Over the past two or three years that I've been here on bladeforums, a couple people have knocked Stacy E Apelt, declaring that he is not a knife maker, had no makers mark and never shows his work. I guess that's easy to do when your only experience with someone is based solely on interactions over the internet. Today, I had occasion to go to the Shenandoah Valley Knife Show in Harrisonburg Virginia, and lo and behold who should I run into there but Mr. Stacy E Apelt, Bladesmith, himself. After spending a good bit of the afternoon walking around this knife show and talking to Stacy and other knifemaker / vendors, I can assure you that Stacy is indeed a seasoned, experienced bladesmith, and I saw and handled MANY examples of his work. Stacy makes some very nice looking knives and judging from peoples reactions at Stacy's tables, he should have a very good weekend. What was even more telling was the respect I saw from other knifemakers there with regard to Stacy and his work. Maybe, just maybe Stacy participates on the forums to try to give something back to a field he seems to love. He isn't trying to build his brand, but is trying to help educate the next generation of aspiring knifemakers. Naysayers will always be naysayers, but I'll tell ya straight up, Stacy is the real deal.