Top Knifemakers – Under the Radar

Blade Magazine Cover Feb 2017

Check your local magazine racks! Rick has been named among some exceedingly talented makers in Blade magazine’s February 2017 article “Under the Radar – Knifemakers”. Yes…quite possibly his head has gotten bigger. Joking aside, I’m really proud of that man. Special thanks to Joe Kertzman (Blade, editor) and Duane Weikum (dealer, EDC Knives) Here’s a […]

Get ‘r Done

Get 'r done Rick Marchand from Wildertools

Rick is officially in his shop and working diligently on his orders. He’s so busy doing catch up we won’t be hanging a sign on the door for visitors anytime soon. Rick’s pretty smitten by his shop. He can’t believe how much more efficiently he can work. That’s good news for everyone. It’s safe to […]

Rick’s Anvil Deserves a Dunce Cap

Leather Dunce Cap by Rick Marchand from Wildertools

Rick has had this video on his YouTube channel for awhile and I thought it would be nice to share it with all you home based knife making hobbyists. Although most love to hear that hammer rhythmically working away, sometimes the neighbours or your sleepy loved ones will not be as impressed. Here’s how you […]

Rick learns a thing or two or three…

Time to start moving in

Little did Rick know when he started this project that he would be taking steps to becoming a builder, contractor, window installer, carpenter, drywall installer…and the lists goes on. Check out these photos to see some of his latest endeavours. He’s even tried his hand at a little blacksmithing. Did you notice the accessible door […]

Almost There!

Rick Marchand's new Wildertools workshop

We’re in the final stretch. Rick is almost finished his workshop. Another month should do it. Then he’ll be moving in for good. Let’s hope the rest of the build goes smoothly and all inspections are passed. It’s been a long and rough road but in the end it will be worth it. NOTICE: If […]

Dream workshop or just a dream?

After years of basement and partial garage workshops, Rick is finally getting his own space. The excavation started in October (notice the trees), it’s now December and the shop is only half done. It’s been one problem after another. If you haven’t heard much from Rick lately, you will now understand his preoccupation. Now, if […]

3 Minute Knife Forging

3 Minute Knife Forging by Rick Marchand from Wildertools

Having fun with a Go-Pro. Here’s a 3 minute real-time video of me forging out a simple knife shape. The steel is 5/32″ x 1″ x 6″, 52100 bar. I cut it from the bar on a 45 deg angle to make forging the tip go a bit quicker. I hammered out 8 of these […]

Forging – Hammer Techniques

Hammer Technique Blog Post

I’ve just completed three videos discussing and demonstrating my personal(ever evolving) hammer technique. The main focus will be my experience with ergonomics… stance, stroke, angles, etc…

My Wife’s First Sheath

Bushelle by Rick Marchand from Wildertools

The CEO and CFO of Wildertools has decided to try her hand at sheath making. A while ago, I made my wife a small EDC knife, this past week she took me up on the offer to make her own sheath. It took the whole day but I have to say it looks pretty great. […]