Crysknife set #11 of 30 is possibly one of the purest builds I’ve created to date. Around the 7th crysknife my preference for the ivory toned build shifted to a pure white one accented to look like bone. While I was building it I had been renewing my practice of zen meditation (I belong to a local group that follows the Sanbô Kyôdan tradition, a sect suited for gaijin or non-Japanese like myself, and my practice has greatly influenced the turnout of this piece. It’s a very pure piece in that sense, the build I had envisioned when I started out. I’m also very pleased with how the Fremen script engraving turned out; very very raw and showing a bit of wear as if it had been sandblasted during numerous sorties in the Arrakean desert. The owner gave me as much time as I wanted, saying he can “wait for the best results” and modesty aside, this piece is worth his wait.
Incidentally he also ordered an ivory toned knife-only variant, which brought me back to my old, classic build of a yellow toned base and dark brown washes. It turned out to be a fine piece and I realize that the ivory tone has its own merits when compared to the new white one. I was so pleased with it that I put up an ad using the very same ivory crysknife. Those who made initial orders need not worry that their knife tone is not up to par with the newest ones; in fact this piece is a first generation cast I had set aside for sentimental reasons.
I built #11 during a turning point for Ginton Forge. It’s been nine months (literally a birthing!) since I quit my desk job to take the leap and focus on growing Ginton Forge as a business. As with most startups, the future seemed uncertain in the beginning. Most days I wanted to go back to the autopilot of an office-job-existence. Yet when I sit in my workbench to work on my chosen medium–resin–life gains colour and for some reason, money flows in when resources are beginning to run dry. We’re poised to grow a bit more with exploratory projects with corporate clients and awesome, experimental ventures, something I’m really excited about. If you check Ginton Forge’s IG account you’ll notice that I’ve been working on larger builds, like the Sky’s Spear from Hero and more mainstream products like Jon Snow’s direwolf bastard sword, Longclaw. I’ll also be revamping my website (I’m sure folks are annoyed that it takes 4 return emails just to complete an order) and, hopefully, getting my own work space.
Anyway I’m writing this because this is possibly the last crysknife I’ll be making for collectors in awhile. This is why I poured my best work into this build, so, Virginia client, I hope you are happy with this. Yes, I will still be making crysknife and sheath sets up to #30 as initially planned, but I’ll be doing it at my own pace, rather than made to order. I’ve gotten quite close to my personal build, which is a crysknife that glows faintly, which should rest on a custom base–watch out for that. You may still order knives, but I hope you have the patience to wait.