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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 in Lunenburg NS

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 […]

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 […]

Dust Evacuation System for a Belt Grinder

Dust Evacuation System

Having recently completed my “temporary” shop I was finally getting back into the swing of things but ran into a roadblock. My new grinding station sucked or rather, didn’t “suck”. The dust was excessive … worse than ever before. I had to do something so looked into dust collection. The cyclone-type set ups seemed decent […]

Moved to the East Coast

Marchand Family - Pirate Festival 2013

We’ve moved 2503 km or 1555 miles to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia situated on the the East Coast of Canada. I haven’t much time for custom work as I’ve got some exciting news to share. I’m renovating a small 1940’s house and building a new shop. I hope to share the experience with you through this […]