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I take great pride in every aspect of my hobby, so I find feedback, for better or worse, the best way for me to gauge how well I fared in meeting the end users' needs and expectations. I never stop learning so I take note of what is said to me as an opportunity to improve further. Like most people who care and love to be of service to others, I appreciate a pat on the back when I've done well and made someone happy...

 

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Hi Paul,

My dad has asked me to pass on his thanks to you, he said the knife was 'absolutely superb, beautiful steel, beautiful wood, the guy is some craftsman'. I knew he would love it and......he's using it! I thought it would just be displayed in the gun cabinet but no, he commented on how sharp it was and took it out the day after his birthday.

 

Many thanks again Paul. I've attached a pic of me giving him the knife on his birthday and yes he remembered to give me a silver coin in return!

 

Kind regards, Darren

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Hi Paul,

 

Firstly, thank you for the delivery of my next additions to the collection of AKA "Frenchy" knives.

 

You have excelled again with your ability to produce these fine specimens. If you ever require a career change then you should choose to be an artist..

 

I'm unsure, if I you would allow me to take these stalking into the field or should I put them in a glass case! In all honesty, you know me, they will be used for sure everyday when I'm out in the field, now having some time to use them over the past couple of months, they are well balanced and a real pleasure to use, and of course razor sharp... I have received comments when I use them from others who are looking on with envy!

 

Anyhow, keep up the good work and the artistry, book me another slot and we can discuss the next project....

 

Regards David

 

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Hi Paul,

             Knives arrived this morning. Beyond expectation. I've spent all afternoon admiring and handling them. Grandson saw them and decided that they were far too nice to use. (I think I agree with him) Thank you for producing two spectacular knives.

 

Cheers - Bill

 

A matching Leuku would be a beautiful thing.

 

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Hi Paul, what you showed me yesterday was a big help for me I will practice on cheap knives before I  practice on the good stuff and am going to order some stone ant the rest today.

£395 is a fair price which I don't mined paying i would have paid more to get any were close to the knife you have made it is the best thing i have seen the quality is out this world. Other knife makers are behind in there game compared to you. When can I say, I like my knife lots, it is the best I have ever seen.

Thanks a lot

Joe Shepherd

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Hi Paul I'm going to start by saying wow the knife you have made for is amazing I couldn't have asked for better the damasteel blade is unbelievable and the handle and mosaic pins too I can't thank you enough you have a real gift mate thanks again I don't know what else to put words don't do it justice it's just beautiful! Please feel free to put my comments on your website and for anyone thinking about getting Frenchy to make you a knife do it you won't be disappointed

     Cheers Paul -  Many thanks Matt Milton

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 Hi Paul

 

Hope all is well with you??

 

The knife has turned up.  Absolutely beautiful thank you so much. 

 

Regards

 

Steve Rickards

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Good Evening Paul

 

Received the knife today, many thanks.

 

Having handled the knife I'm sure my son will love it, however I have hidden it from him as it his GCSE results day Thursday and I intend to present him with it then.

 

It's very interesting to see how you have progressed into a master cutler - there is a difference in finish between your early and recent work so I can really see why you wanted my early worked knife, but to be absolutely honest, your earlier knives, of which I had 2 had just as much if not more character.

 

Its strange how one can love a lump of metal!

 

Best Regards & STAY WELL

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Hi Paul,

 Its just arrived, its a lovely bit of kit, and the handle is  just the right size. The sheath is superb too.

 I do a lot of camping in the New Forest so it'll get a lot of use. 

 My stepsons 18th is coming up and I've promised him one of your knives, so will be sitting down with him soon to decide what he wants.

 I also quite fancy a Guardian or Talisman as well for myself, so will be back in contact soon.

 Once again thanks and all the best to you,

 Gareth. 

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Morning Paul 

Knife just arrived looks much better love the sheath great work as usual!

I'll let you know how Max reacts when he opens it on his birthday! 

Ps still look at my talisman every day, don't want to use it! 

All for now

Thanks again 

Steve 

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Hi Paul,

 Picked up the knife from the post office yesterday and soon as I got home I had to have a look at the knife.

All I can say is what a stunning knife, the handle felt perfect in the hand. You done good. The sheath is excellent, looked stunning, a very good piece of workmanship. Well done Paul!

 Very pleased with the knife and sheath..

 Hopefully will be back for another knife soon! 

Best Regards 

Gordon

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Good morning Paul,

 

I hope this email finds you well. I have now received my knife thank you.

It is indeed a beautiful crafted tool.

So pleased.

The sheath is beautiful too.

Thank you once again.

Thanks Paul.

Your a gentleman. 

Kind regards

Grant.

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Hi Paul,  

I received the knife on Saturday and I have to say it's a work of art. The leather work is impressive in itself, and feels incredibly safe and solid at the hip whilst contrasting against the SA olive wood to give beautiful aesthetics. The mosaic pins and red liners complement the wood nicely. Ergonomically the handle itself is perfect - it's a snug fit in my hand and balances very well indeed, allowing all tasks to be completed with ease. A very fine job Paul, and I doubt this will be the last you'll hear from me. 

 Kind regards,

H. Locke

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Paul, 

I asked you to make me the ultimate knife and you succeeded.

 I couldn't be happier.

 Kind regards

 Will

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Paul, 

Sorry I haven’t written sooner but I have just been flat out busy this week!! I received the knife on Monday and it is beautiful! The sheath, logo and initials are perfect! Your Talisman is so nice in my hands I am seriously considering giving him my Masur Birch Talisman and keeping yours for myself!

Kind Regards, 

Karl Newbury

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Hello Paul
I have just received my knife from you and every thing about it is superb! Exactly what I wanted.
Sent 5 minutes admiring the sheath before I even drew the knife!
Pure quality.
Thank you very much!
We spoke about  a handle and sheath for a nessmuk blank I own, would that be possible in the new year?
Thanks again for your efforts and providing me with a knife of such quality.
Best regards
Phil.

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Hi Paul 

What an absolutely exquisite knife i unwrapped today. The detail, look and weight exceed my expectations and certainly very happy with my decision to commission a knife with you. I look forwarded to using this knife and learning how to look after it. 

I am likely to be asking you a few questions after reading your article on knife care and maintenance and reviewing Ray Mears YouTube session on knife sharpening. This is to make sure that I give this knife the attention that it needs.

Once again thank you.

Best Regards

Matt

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Hi Paul. Received the knife yesterday. It's absolutely stunning and the craftsmanship is first class. I'm very pleased and will probably be in touch soon for another one.

Many thanks Jon

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Hi Paul,

 I have just opened up the parcel, and all I can say really is that it was most certainly worth the wait! The knife looks absolutely incredible and the sheath looks fantastic with the wood. I cannot thank you enough, you are clearly very talented!

Thanks again,
 
Charlie
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Hi Paul 

The all rounder arrived safely today. I've just got up after my night shift and opened my pass the parcel and won a beautiful knife. You are a craftsman, no mistake.

Daniel

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Hello Paul,

 

Knife arrived at 11:00ish. As usual it is superb. I like the way pattern welded form can be seen even in the polished part of the grind. The figuring on the Desert Ironwood is wonderfully decorative. I am very happy now that I own a pattern-welded knife, another item crossed off my bucket list. Thanks for getting to it so promptly, I wasn't expecting it till September. So, tomorrow, I can now go and make a few people at Sherwood Foresters jealous.

 

Thanks again and take care of yourself, please get in touch when you decide you need some arrows.

 

All the best, Steve J.

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Paul,

 

Very sorry for not writing you sooner but I received the knives yesterday and again they have exceeded my expectations!!!! I am very, very happy! You can finally consider our deal concluded and take a vacation from me! Lol! I noticed the slight difference of blade shape and length in the two Talismans, I am happy for that but now I cant decide which one I like better!!! I think you may have mentioned this to me before but the Masur is slightly similar in shape to the Timberwolf. For look and feel I must say I prefer the Cocobolo but now I need to take them both out and see for myself if the shapes make any difference in the performance?

 

Paul you are a top man and a master craftsman, I know that I can be a very particular and difficult customer to do business with but we got through it and I am very happy for it. But I’m not finished yet…take your break from me for a while and let me know when you are ready to take on another project, a custom knife of my very own design. I want to now combine all of the things I like about both your Talismans and the Timberwolf into one knife. I always wanted a knife that I designed and one that only I have. I would love to squeeze it in before Christmas this year so please let me know when you are ready for another adventure and another million emails!

 

Take care Paul! And thank you again for everything you have done for me and everything you have had to put up with! I will be recommending and showing your knives off to everyone I know in the bushcraft community.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Karl Newbury

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Hi Paul,

 

Just to let you know the knife arrived safe and sound this morning. It’s fantastic and will make an incredible present for my friend, now I just need to save up so I can get one for myself!

 

Many thanks,

Robbie

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Hi Paul,

 

Just opened my knife, well what can I say....

 

It's better Than I expected. Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is superb!

The knife fits perfectly in the hand and is well balanced, the buffalo handle and your pin recommendation with well together.  Both fire steel and ceramic sharpener are made to the same high standard as the knife. Lastly the sheath, brilliant! Your workmanship and precision/layout and tones are just right.  

 

I will send you the "Don Wise" knife to sort out, it definitely needs a sheath, ( very plain and simple) let me know what you think about the grip? I was told it was an African wood?

 

Thank you once again for making something that I can pass on to my son in years to come. 

 

Best wishes

Steve
Sent from my iPad

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Hi Paul. Just got home from work and I have to say I was quite excited.  In a word Paul, stunning!
I tried to put aside my excitement and initial awe and looked over the whole set with a more critical eye and tried to find fault. Stunning is still the word. Absolutely lovely to look at, feel perfect in the hand, a really nice weight to all three knives and the sheaths are obviously very well made and look great too.
I'm so pleased Paul, your a true artisan!
Thank you very much.
       Jason.

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Hi Paul,
I've just received the dartmoor knife. It's an absolute triumph; beautiful and practical with great attention to detail. I can't wait to try it out camping.

Thank you very much for the first class work you've done on this blade and sheath, it's everything I was expecting, and more in some areas.

Cheers.

Phil

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Hi Paul. Knife received today with thanks. Fits my large hand perfectly. Sharp as he'll. Handle with mosaic pins look awesome. The sheath is really special. Love the embossing, really makes it personal. In short, a very satisfied customer and I salute your skill and craftsmanship. 

 Thank you Paul, I am very happy with it.

Take care

Nick

Hi Paul,

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sorry for the long time to respond :), 

 the knife came today and it was absolutely gorgeous, 

 my dad was amazed at the quality and workmanship put into the knife and he was very grateful for such an amazing knife.

 my dad will surely use it allot on our outback camping trips,

 thanks for everything, 

 Ill be sure to recommend you to everyone I find ,

 

cheers,

 

James

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Paul,

 

I thought I had emailed you on Friday about having received the knife, but obviously I hadn't. Sorry about that.

 

I am very happy with the knife, it is beautiful. The sheath as well is stunning. It is the nicest knife I have ever held. Now I just have to part with it and hand it to my father. If I can.

 

Thanks again Paul,

 

Rich

Hi Paul, My knife and oil arrived safely today and I have been sat here a while admiring your craftmanship. I am very pleased with both the knife and the sheath, they are exactly as we agreed.

It exceeds all my expectations and the part of the original sawback you left on has the appearance of custom filework.

From start to finish it has been a pleasure doing business with you and I would hope to have another knife made by you in the future. 

Many thanks

Pete Jones

 

Hi Frenchy

 

Parcel arrived nice and early - and very well packaged too.  A truly awesome knife and a lovely bit of kit.  Thanks for your labours and skill, they certainly show to their best in this piece of work.

 

I'll sign off now and get to know the new purchase.

 

Peter

Hello Paul,

 

Thank you knives have been received……..

Words from my father in laws mouth Wow they’re the dogs bollocks, they are very nice knives and he is over the moon with them. Thank you again

 

Regards

 

Will

 

Hi Paul,

 

Finally had a chance to open the packaging to reveal the knife and im very impressed by looks and quality, and the feel in hand is perfect.

 

I will definitely be recommending your work and your website, from all the websites I checked for handmade knifes yours was the one that draw my attention. 

 

I already I have an eye for another knife to be commissioned by yourself so ill be in touch in the near future. 

 

In the meantime Paul keep up the good work and take care.

 

Regards

 

Dylan Williams

 

Hello mate, the knife had its first outing this weekend. Worked a treat. Sorted all my firewood, feather sticks, tent pegs and pot holder no probs. Looks great too. Thanks again mate. Keep up the good work!

Thanks, Ben Wayman.

Hi Paul 

Knife arrived save and sound. 

What a fantastic piece of craftsmanship. It is truly fantastic. Thank you so much. 

The only slight problem is that as it's a gift I now have to give it away. 

Ah well at least it's going to a good home and I can save my pennies to order my own in the future. 

 

Thanks again. 

Kev


 

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Hi Paul,

               I have received the Talisman, to say I am pleased with it would be a massive understatement. It is beautiful and fits my hand perfectly. I am so glad you recommended the mosaic pins as they really set the knife off against the wood.

 

               The grind is perfect and level and the sharpness of the edge on such a thick stock is nothing short of amazing.

 

               Thank you once again for the whole experience of buying it has been an absolute pleasure, can’t wait to get out in the woods and put it through its paces.    Please feel free to use my comments on your website as a testimonial as I can’t say enough about how happy I have been with everything.

              

Kind Regards

Rene Hawkes

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Hi Paul 

Knife arrived save and sound. 

What a fantastic piece of craftsmanship. It is truly fantastic. Thank you so much. 

The only slight problem is that as it's a gift I now have to give it away. 

Ah well at least it's going to a good home and I can save my pennies to order my own in the future. 

 

Thanks again. 

Kev
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Hello mate, the knife had its first outing this weekend. Worked a treat. Sorted all my firewood, feather sticks, tent pegs and pot holder no probs. Looks great too. Thanks again mate.

 

Keep up the good work! Also, I should buy some Eezox oil from you if possible.

 

Thanks, Ben Wayman.

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Hi Paul,

 

Finally had a chance to open the packaging to reveal the knife and I'm very impressed by looks and quality, and the feel in hand is perfect. I will definitely be recommending your work and your website, from all the websites I checked for handmade knifes yours was the one that draw my attention. 

 

I already I have an eye for another knife to be commissioned by yourself so ill be in touch in the near future. 

 

In the meantime Paul keep up the good work and take care.

 

Regards

 

Dylan Williams

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Hello Paul,

 

Thank you knives have been received……..

Words from my father in laws mouth Wow they’re the dogs bollocks, they are very nice knives and he is over the moon with them. Thank you again

 

Regards

 

Will

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Hi Frenchy,

Parcel arrived nice and early - and very well packaged too.  A truly awesome knife and a lovely bit of kit.  Thanks for your labours and skill, they certainly show to their best in this piece of work.

 

I'll sign off now and get to know the new purchase.

 

Peter

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Hi Paul,

 

Just got in to find my knife set waiting for me. Absolutely stunning, love the variations with the buffalo horn , what a craftsman !

Thanks for all your hard work.

 

Best Regards,

 

Paul.

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Paul - all received safe and sound.   Superb work - a lovely heft to them.

 

Should make a great 40th present next month (well one of them will - I'm keeping the other two!).

 

Thank you.

 

Tom

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Hi Paul

 

Knife arrived safely, absolutely over the moon with it, it’s stunning.  Have a few custom and semi custom knives but yours puts them in the dark – awesome.  Now saving for the next one!

 

Many thanks. Kevan Godfrey

 

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Hi Paul

 

I got the knife today :-)))))

 

It is WONDERFUL, I just sat and held it for a while before removing it from the sheath.

 

Thank you VERY, VERY much, it will be treasured.

 

Kindest regards

Julie

 

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Hi Paul, just thought I'd let you know that after sitting here this morning like an expectant father in a maternity ward, the doorbell rang and it was the postman with a delivery from you.

Like a child at Christmas I unwrapped the packaging to firstly reveal the sharpening rod and ferro rod set and was immediately completely blown away by the leatherwork. I've heard you say that sheaths aren't your thing Paul but let me tell you they are truly beautiful and I couldn't have wished for more.

As for the knives I didn't know what to unwrap first I was almost shaking with excitement. I unwrapped the dartmoor and again the leatherwork was a work of art, the detail and colour and quality is amazing. The knife itself is just stunning. The handles work amazingly it was a great choice of wood and you've made what was historically a dull blade that was notorious for being a pig to sharpen like a razor. It's an amazing piece of craftsmanship. Into the beaver and shadow set and again my breath was taken away by the quality and the care and detail that went into them I am truly in love with these knives and will treasure them. I can't wait to get out into the woods and try them all out although at first I just want to sit and admire them for a while.

I cannot thank you enough for your efforts and care that you've put into these along with the amazing level of customer service you've shown me. It's not an understatement to say that my expectations have been smashed out of the park. I've been in the outdoors industry a long time now and over recent years have seen a lot of people going on and on about Ben Orford. I've met the man, he's a really nice bloke and his knives are really nice and obviously well made, but I have to say without question that when it came to choosing a knife maker I have made the right choice and as mentioned before I hope you're better soon as, if you're up for it, I can see some more orders coming in 2014.

I hope you can use this to encourage other people to use your services Paul.

Thank you so much once again and I hope you have a great Christmas as you've just made mine.

All the best from your now loyal customer for life.

Craig Fordham

 

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hi Paul

 

         I received the shadow, beaver set yesterday after the postman said that my door number was wrong so they had a little bit bother finding me. Any how Paul, I'm more than happy with the set, and I can tell by the quality and workmanship that you're a true reliable hobbyist. I would like to say sorry again for me being a bit mistrustful towards you in the beginning and I will have no problem dealing with you again in the future. In fact I did ask for the belt dangler so that all the leather work was matching which i never received. So if their is an extra charge for you to make me one would you let me know the cost.

          Thanks again, Graham

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Paul - Hi,

 

My knife arrived safely.

 

Absolutely GREAT - what a fantastic piece of workmanship.  To be quite honest it really worth double your charge.  It feels very good in the hand with a really nice 'heft' - ooo and VERY sharp.

 

I love it and cannot wait to go out use it.

 

Many many thanks - Peter

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Hi Paul , I received the knife yesterday before 1pm as you stated . Well , I am really chuffed to bits with it , I think you did a fantastic job on it . It's a gorgeous blade with an awesome handle that fits my hand just right . I have to say I have no idea how you fit a handle on to a stick tang type blade other than the rivet pin part . Perhaps one day I will go on a knife making course and learn some of these skills which are a bit of a mystery to me right now . Anyway that Thuya wood root does have  a stunning grain/patina to it and really does do the damascus blade justice as its handle . As for the sheath , well its a work of art in my opinion . The mottling effect that you opted for was an inspired choice as it obviously makes for a great connection as a jacket for the beauty within so to speak . I can really appreciate the effort and meticulous attention to detail that you have applied to the making of this sheath as im a bit of an amateur leather worker myself but with no experince of knife sheath making . The detailing on the belt loop , the very tidy and strong stitching ,and the colouring of this sheath are all just beautifully realised overall so I couldn't be happier with your workmanship . I am not a knife collector and most likely wont ever be one ; up until now I have just been the owner of a couple of opinel knives which I make good use of , so to me although I have nothing much to compare your knife with , that is really neither here nor there as I really just wanted a one off knife that I could cherish for the rest of my days so to speak and hopefully with the right care and attention it will provide me with a lot of usage and be a wonder to behold at the same time . I can't say thank you enough for all your work on this knife , I love it and will look after it to the best of my abilities hopefully for a very long time . Well I will need to transfer some funds over to you , so I can send a cheque or make an electronic payment . Whatever suits you best . Please could you let me know the final amount that I owe you so that I can complete the transaction . Thanks so much for this knife  , it's great . Hope to hear back soon, Henry .

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Dear Paul


I just wanted to send you a small note of gratitude for your amazingly generous gesture to me. When I say that I love the knives it doesn't really do them justice. Honestly, being a bit of a knife-nerd myself, I am in absolute rapture at them. I get them out and just look at them for no particular reason almost every day, running a thumb across the blade and feeling their balance and grip. They are beautiful and elegant as well as simply being the best made knives I have ever owned. I know this sounds all a bit over-the-top, but in all honesty I am a little bit overwhelmed. They're amazing.
And one thing is for sure - you know they're going to get one hell of a lot of use.
Thank you so very, very much Paul
You're a don

B.P.
Ibiza


This praiseworthy feedback is from someone who I admire greatly; a man's man, a humble good man, who's the epitome of a true global adventurer and explorer.
It makes me feel good to know that I'm so well thought of.

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Hi Paul

 

My knife has just arrived.

I am absolutely stunned. Having seen your knives on your website I was expecting perfection, but you have exceeded my expectations by a mile. The handle is beautiful and it fits my hand perfectly. It feels completely natural to hold, and did I say it is beautiful?. The variations of colour are just striking. And the sheath - its amazing. The quality of it is so obvious. I love everything about it. You need to know that I don't say these things lightly, I mean them and I believe you are a genius to be able to produce such craftsmanship. I'm almost afraid to use the knife - I'm tempted to just have it mounted, put in a glass case and have it on display in my house.

 

To put it in perspective, I bought a SOG navy seal 2000 earlier this year. Your knife makes it look like a cheap Christmas cracker toy.

 

 Thanks once again Paul. It is everything I wanted and more.

 

Very best regards

 

Sean

 

I hope it all goes ok. I really am over the moon with the knife. I can't adequately put into words how good it is. The quality is just on a different plane to my normal world.

Thanks again Paul for everything.

Best wishes

Sean

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Hi Paul. 

I received the knife yesterday.  It really is a beauty.  I love the horn/white liner/mosaic pin combination.  The sheath is also stunning: I love the tooling. Great work on the knife.  

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Hi Paul,

Just a short note to thank you very much indeed for the Allrounder knife with the Ivory micarta scales. You know well that i think your Bushcraft knives to be the best anyone could purchase, and this knife just proves to me how right i am.

The blade and build quality of this knife is outstanding.

To say i am pleased with it is an understatement. I'm looking forward to using it and i'm sure it will perform well, in all that its required to do.

Again i can't thank you enough. I'm well chuffed with this.

Very Best Wishes

Dave

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Hi Paul,

I picked up the Allrounder from the post office today and I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with it.
It matches the Talisman set very nicely and the shape and thickness will make it a perfect user.
You did a great job on the handle fit as well, it feels very comfortable.
Will try to send you some pics when I get to put it to work in our great outdoors!

Maarten
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Received with thanks

Absolutely fantastic, a very nice piece indeed, proud to own one. I will certainly be recommending you to friends, the skill and time gone into this certainly shows. Thank you for such a nice piece with friendly and efficient service..

Many thanks

Matthew whitlow.

 

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Hi Paul

The knives arrived. I absolutely love them. I'm so impressed I would like to order one for myself but not til the end of the month (skint from Christmas). I'll mail you if thats ok and if you are happy to make one i'll transfer the money. If you have too much on then no worries.
I have to say again that they are just lovely. The workmanship is exquisite. The sheaths are just amazing. I love the patterning on them. It must take you ages. I wouldn't mind having just a tenth of the skill you have.
Anyway, sorry to go on. Just to say Royal Mail left them outside the front door even though you sent them signed for. Good job it's been dry all day.
Thanks again Paul
Cheers
Sean

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Hi,Paul,   I,ve received the D2 Allrounder,black buffalo horn Knife and sheath and fire steel. I am delighted outstanding   workmanship, fits in my hand very nice very well balanced.(sharp is a understatment super sharp).

 

Thankyou  Garry Ledger.

 

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Hello Paul,
                 Just got in from work to a nice suprise for me, the knife and sheath are just what i wanted and i am glad i waited until you started making knives again. This will go on my toolbelt in the morning and used every day and looked after as the rest of my carpentry tools are. Real nice work mate. Will get something stainless made up in the future for fishing. I have some turkish walnut flooring,iroko panelling and a small amount of honduras mahogany i stripped out of an old libary over 20 yrs ago when i was an apprentice. Will send you some bits when i dig them out may be ok for handles. Thanks again Paul the knifes a cracker.
                                   All the best David Powell

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Hi Paul

I'm more than pleased with it mate.
I'm going on a three day Fallow buck stalk on Sunday, so it'll get put to good use.

If you ever get a skinning type blade in I'd be very interested.

Cheers

Danny.

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Hi Paul
    Just a note to let you know I've received my set I am absolutely delighted and can't stop looking at it    I think the antler improves the feel of the knife in the hand and the sheath is a thing of beauty in it's self  I always tell people that knives are pieces of jewellery for men also along with guns and fishing kit!
   Again thanks for doing such a superb job  I'm already considering the next knife to order from you I'll be in touch soon
            Best wishes Dave
 

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hello paul, milles culpes to not answer you before but the computer is not mine sorry, i have received the knife without problem, thank you very much your work is so beautifull it is a piece of art and the knife take a good place in my hand i am so happy!!!! thank you very very much and continue like this to make custumers happy like me; i appologie for not speaking english very well and saying my emotions like i would like to tell you thank you very much again.
kind regards
cedric 
France

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Hi Paul,
Received my knife today thank you very much, you were right when you said I would not be disappointed I could not be more pleased with it. You have exceeded all my expectations once again, the handle and sheath complement each other perfectly. Hope you are feeling a lot better and can continue to do what you so obviously enjoy and that is making superb knives and sheaths once again THANK YOU so very much.
DAVID

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Hi Paul,

Thank you for the knifes!!!

I've just got home from rehab and opened the parcel, the workmanship on these knifes are second to none.

I can't wait to get out on Sunday and hopefully try them out.

Thanks again Paul,
Allan.

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Hi Paul,

           Received knife in post today safe and sound many thanks, again another excellent knife

i know you said the G10 isn't the easiest materials to use but the results are well worth it.

the knife fits great in the hand and the sheath looks  very classy.

           again many thanks hope you are enjoying the good weather i will keep in touch.

                                                     Many thanks Vince

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Hi Paul,just recieved the knife,absolutely lovely!!!!!  Thanks for your time and hard work,turned out great!!

Not sure weather to use it or frame it!!!

I see from your website youre not taking orders till next feb so il be in touch around march with a new project for you!!

Hope you and yours have a lovely christmas and a happy new year!!

Thanks again Paul,you've really come through and made me happy!!

Cheers

Scott
 

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Hi Paul,

The knifes look amazing I can't wait to try them out!

I will keep you updated mate.

Thank you for making them for me.
Allan.
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Dear Paul,

Apologies for not contacting you yesterday - I got a card through the door so needed to go to the Post Office to pick up the parcel.

But I'm glad to say I now have the knife and I'm very pleased with it. The craftsmanship of the handle, the sheath and the blade are second to none and it feels excellent in the hand. I'm very pleased with the decisions I took, with your advice, on the handle wood as well as the liners and the sheath, they look even better in real life than in the photograph!

Thanks again for making me the knife, and I hope your shoulder makes a quick and full recovery.

Best wishes,

Hugh.

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Hello, I received the knives and sheaths this afternoon. They are truly beautiful, I'm looking forward to using them.  I appreciate all the work you have put into them.  It obvious from the quality of the  workmanship that this is not just a hobby for you but a labor of love.

Thank you very much

 

Marlin

 

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Hi Paul

Many thanks for a great job. The new knife is far better that I could ever expected. As to my A wood knife,it  was a complete mess, when i sent it to you. But its back to new or better. 
Many many thanks


 

Gordon Catlin

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DL1 received!!!
Exactly what I wanted and requested!   Lovely work!   The handle fits my hand perfectly and is truly right handed ( as I am ).   I was impressed by the photo you sent, but the photo did not do the knife or sheath justice.   
The first "cutting" I did was to grab some junk mail, shred it up, and strike a fire on the grate.   Can't wait to use it in woods.
This knife will not be one of the many relegated to a drawer.   It is a lovely tool that begs to be used!!

Thanks,

Mark Watson
 

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Great knife Paul. I'm really happy with it. Looks and feels spot on.

 

Thank you,

 

Greg

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Hello Paul,

The Guardian arrived as you said.

I didn't get a chance to get my hands on it straight away, but now that I have I can see why you had difficulty parting with it.

It's safe to say it is now my favourite knife. I will use it with the care and respect that made it.

I'd certainly be happy to own other items of yours, such as the fire/ sharpener papooses, leather sheaths and customised knife handles...

Thank you very much indeed,

Robert

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Hi Paul,


Received the Shadow/Beaver set that you made for me today, They looked good in the pictures on the website but they are absolutely fantastic in the flesh and the sheath is superb as well. I could not be more pleased with them and would like to thank you for your superb workmanship it has been a pleasure to deal with you and I would like to think that  all being well I could order another knife in the not to distant future. Thank you.


David.
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Hi Paul

Received the Papoose today and it is GREAT. Thank you so much I am sure that my wife will love it.

Warm regards

Roberto Daniele

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Hello Paul

 

The knife arrived as you said and it looks even better than the pictures you sent.
Thanks  for everything
                                                                                                                     Andy

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Hi Paul I hope all is well with you.

Just to let you know I gave the knife set to my best mate Seth for his birthday and as I expected he was absolutely delighted. As always you do a great job and much appreciated.

Glad you got the website back up and running and when I get a moment might ask you to do a couple of your Opinel pocket knives to match the two beaver combo sets you made for me.

Must dash but once again many thanks ad catch up soon.

Warmest regards

Steve
Dubai
 

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Hi Paul
Having replied to your previous message my driver has just returned from the post office with your package!
Absolutely superb as expected! Thank you so much.
His birthday is first week of June and so I am keeping them a surprise but will surely send you the feedback.
As always many thanks and will be in contact soon.

Keep well
Regards

Steve

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Hi Paul,

Received the knife today, love it, fantastic. Well worth the wait, thank you Paul.

I will be in touch soon.

Kindest Regards.

Craig Rayner

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hiya paul
wooo got it, without blowing smoke up your arse, its amazing!!!!!! christ your good at what you do, its really really is beyond what i hoped for in such a short time too.
well paul thankyou very much for taking the commision.
 
take care matt

 

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Paul,


Having just opened the package containing my knife, and the photo on your website didn't really do it justice. it is a an absolute cracker and will provide a superb memento of Northumberland and your craftsmanship which I look forward to putting to work on the deer soon, and for many years to come. Thank you.
 

Ben

July 20110

 

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Hi Paul

Well the envelope has just arrived and I have to say that this is absolutely the best work you have done for me. I am so pleased I went with the undyed Masur birch which looks stunning and you have shaped the handle scales beautifully.

I also love the sheaths particularly the neck sheath. You did say that you would have liked them to be lighter but I think they both contrast and compliment the knives very well.

Can't say anymore than a very big thank you!

Now I know you said you were easing off a bit etc but do you think, before you do, that you might let me have one of those Dartmoor Survival knives that you mentioned except with the 'Frenchy Treatment'. I would like it to compliment the beaver and shadow combo using the same natural masur birch finish with the mosaic pins and lanyard. With the blade I liked what you did by smoothing off the Rambo like saw edge and then I assume we could have a leather Sheath a la French design!

I hope that this would be possible but if its too much tell me to bugger off and no problem. As you know I am never in a rush and am happy to fit in to your schedule.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Warmest regards

Steve
(Dubai)

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Hello Paul, 

The knife has arrived this morning  and is a very difficult thing to put down as I am sure you will appreciate. It is fantastic, beautifully made with great care and attention to detail and a real work of art. I just know that my friend will love it and although I think it will be hard to part with in September, just as I am sure you feel an attachment to everything you make, the thought of the pleasure it will bring over the coming years is the important factor. I am sure he will pass it on to his son so that the whole thing will live on. 

Very many thanks for all your efforts I am very grateful and perhaps need to start thinking about one for me now!!

Kind regards
Ian.

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Hi Paul

 

I received the knife this week, I had been traveling for work and did not have it in my possession until Friday.

Thank you for a wonderful knife, I can see that it is your passion, truly beautiful and very comfortable in the hand. I will be putting it to use next week.

Would it be okay to contact you for consulting and future bushcraft tool projects?

Well, until the next time and again thank you.

 

Regards

Alexander Swain

 

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hi paul -thank you for the superb knife - i love it -- can you let me know the handle material -so i know -i have sent couple photos for your file also - really very grateful for a terrific job many regards peter

 

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Knife arrived and it's everything that I had hoped for. Thank you so much Paul! You're indeed a true craftsman and I appreciate the attention to detail. Thank you.

If serial numbers 11 and 12 arrive, I would like to do a knife for each of my sons as well. If we have to wait till next year for additional blades, that is ok too.

 

Jeff - USA
 

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Hi Paul,

 

Just wanted to drop you a note to say that I have received my knife and I am very happy with it. 

It looks amazing, it feels great in my hand and I spent some time cutting feather sticks with it over the weekend and it cuts wonderfully.

You kept the back of the blade square close to the handle square so that I can use it with a fire steel. The sheath is great I like that you put my initials on it, very personal.

I really love my knife. The photo on your website does not do it justice. 

 

Matt

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Paul,
 
My Super Bushmaster has arrived!!
 
Firstly, Thank You to you for your advice and help; the knife is perfect; the steel compliments, and the sheath, well i could not have asked for more. The weight and balance to the knife is perfect; and it sits in my hand like you knew it would; thank you. I have to wait now for Celia to come home so I can show her and get excited again!
 
You are a wise and honest man
 
Regards and thanks again
 
Matt

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Paul, the knife showed up today. I guess the lesson is that the USPS doesn't track registered mail and it may get here in 5 days or 30 days. I guess next time I will pay you the extra to ship the knife either Priority or Express. They normally take 5 business days and they track the package.

 

I wanted to mention that the knife is fantastic and it makes most knifes look like amateur hour. I own some very nice knives but this is at the top of the list and is one solid tool. I am looking forward to using it this summer while camping in our mountains. Thanks again and I will send you an update to let you know some of my experiences.

Best Regards,

 
John Gager

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Hi Paul,

 

         Knife arrived today safe and sound, you said you thought i would like the knife

that is a big under statement i think it is an absolutely superb looking knife and the sheath is equally as good, the quality of the workmanship is amazing so thanks again for your hard work the only problem is how do you top such a great knife.

                       Thanks again i am over the moon with knife Vince

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Hello Paul I received both knives, well, where do I start? The Super Bushmaster, the sheath ah!  black basketweave classic! reminds of old Bianchi pistol holsters.I must say I like the new ergonomic handle on the firesteel I think less likely to slip. I have knives from others makers  with Micarta handles & I know its a laminate but I wasn't quite prepared for the patterns this would create with a 2 colour mix, I like it!! looking at the blade profile I like the fact that the tip has a slightly "blunter" profile cos if you are batoning through wood to create firewood or trying to romove large pieces of bark I think the last thing you want is a "needle point" out of sight waiting to catch you. Good looking comfortable in the hand & eminently usable overall it goes all the way up to 11 (movie reference there)    The Talisman II not sure what the pattern on sheath is, but it works almost as well as basketweave produces a similar pattern I'm trying to think of a word to describe the Burl on the handle scales I think the best is "swirls" Very Nice,  as the blade design for this is  close to that of the Super Bushmaster all the previous comments apply (especially going up to 11)    Yours as ever Bill  Birch

 

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Hi Paul

 

Just a quick note to say that I have received the Bushmaster knife safely and thank you. I am absolutely delighted, the Knife and sheath are top quality. The black Buffalo horn handle with the red liner and mosaic pins look fantastic, the sheath is very sturdy and a fantastic fit, but the knife itself is a ‘beauty’; great shape, weight and balance, with a really nice finish. I can’t wait to give it a good field test, although to honest it looks to nice to take it outside! J

 

Thanks again

 

Nick

 

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Hi Paul,

 

Just a short email to say thank you for the Super Bushmaster knife that you recently made for me. It was delivered via special delivery the other day and upon opening the package, I was greeted by my new knife.

I am really pleased with the end product and am glad that I followed the advice that you gave regarding the colour of the sheaf etc. as it all worked out really well and the end product is a stuning knife.

Thank you again for your work and I look forward to practically using it in the field.

Best regards 


Karl Petre

 

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Paul,

Received the knife. It is absolutely stunning. I am so chuffed its hard to put into words. This is the first opportunity I have had to get onto the net since I picked it up from the post office on Saturday.
I have also been whittling mad - if it can be whittled - it has - nothing more than piles of chippings so far - one day I will try and make something - canoe paddle probably - something small and easy....
I must just say again, it is an absolutely fantastic piece of kit - the leatherwork is fantastic and the initials were a real surprise - magnificent...cant wait to get out there and use her properly (are knives female? Or its? Seems more than an it to me - mines female - just decided).
Thanks again Paul for making a dream of mine come true. To own a proper knife.

Brilliant.
Thanks

Greg
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Hi Paul

Just a short note to say that having arrived back from Hols the DL1 MK11 was waiting for me.

I have to say as always quality is superb and my son was absolutely delighted.

Once again thank you and be in touch again soon.

Regards

Steve Chivers
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Hi Paul,

 I received another excellent knife from you in today's post, I can tell by just looking at the knife you have put at lot of time and effort in to making such a unusual and great looking knife so again many thanks.

 

                                                       Vince.

 

P.S. Will keep in touch

 

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Hi Paul, hope you are doing well. Just received my knife about one hour ago, it is fantastic, i almost hate to use it. It belongs in a display case on the wall in my office, however you said it is to be used, i will try to do that..also the sheath is more than i had expected, the detail is wonderful, it really just completes the whole package....

Thanks again
Your Friend:
Gary H.
US of A

 

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Hi Paul I received my Talisman & I can say I'm REALLY  REALLY  glad I opted for Mosaic Pins 'cos the contrast batween them & the black Buffalo Horn is amazing for such a small detail. I really like the sheath decorated but somewhat understated at the same time. I thinkt his knife deserves a phrase I have seen used in some American Knife Books, in that not saying there wasn't a lot of thought & hard work that went into it but that it has "an elegant simplicity". As you say this is the last of the original Talisman blades I think you can sit back & award yourself a self - satisfied glow because you have produced a beautiful hand filling warm to the touch piece of ART ! ! !  as usual  Yours ever  Bill

 

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Hi Paul

Just a short note to say that having arrived back from Hols the DL1 MK11 was waiting for me.

I have to say as always quality is superb and my son was absolutely delighted.

Once again thank you and be in touch again soon.

Regards

Steve Chivers
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Hey Paul,

I whas on a short trip for a week and took the knive with me into the forrest, it performs great, love the knive and the detais, master peace, thank you for the excelent craftswork!

Igor Kampman
(Holland)

 

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Hi Paul,
Just received the Guardian. And what a magnificent piece of work it is! In all modesty I may say I have handled quite a few knives but have never held a knife handle with such a perfect ergonomics, very , very well done. The finish with antler and the brass butt cap is superb. Thank you.My mate is still on vacation but I can assure you this knife is spot on,
knowing his taste in knives a little. Your idea of a nice sheath is not less than a perfect choice  and a suitable companion to the knife's rich appearance  and, I have no doubt, performance. I am a bit busy now, but will test the knife within the next few days. Before going on vacation we shared some quick ideas I will come back on these later to see whether we can work something out.
Thanks again.
René

(Holland)
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Just got back from shooting. Received knife. You've done a grand job my mate - can't put it down. Once again thanks.

 

Paul Cadwallader

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Hi Paul,

 I received another excellent knife from you in today's post, I can tell by just looking at the knife you have put at lot of time and effort in to making such a unusual and great looking knife so again many thanks.

 

                                                       Vince.

 

P.S. Will keep in touch

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Hi Paul,

Received the carefully packed knives this morning and at first sight they are true pieces of craftsmanship. I was expecting a high level of craftsmanship after the shadow but the three together do look truly... well perfect is not an understatement. I can't wait to get out in the woods next week and have a play with them and I will keep you updated on their performance. The Robert Mattsson scandi is definitely right for the job and I have adjusted the leather so it fits nicely around the neck. As regards to the sheath they are excellent and the I love the design. The Leuku fits very well on my hip and is nice worn on either side. They will be perfect for my trips and I'm sure whatever else I put them though they will perform to a high standard.

I will email next week after I have had a chance to take them out and let you know how they perform.

Until then keep well and thank you

Martyn Davies
 

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Paul, just received the knife and firesteel... They're fantastic!  A testament to your craftsmanship.

 

I'm really going to enjoy using them and they feel 'just right' in my hand too.  Marvellous!

 

Once again a big thank you.

 

Nigel Garner

 

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Hi Paul,

 Knife arrived OK.  Looks great and cuts wonderfully, I look forward  to years of good service. The sheath is perfect for my needs so great job on that too!

 Many thanks for your hard work very much appreciated

 Take care, Mike

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Paul I trust you are well, I received the knife on Saturday morning. I have to say the quality and craftsmanship of the knife is excellent. I am extremely please with the look and finish of the knife and I would be grateful if you would consider making me another in the future.

 

Please stay in touch.

 

My sincere thanks

Andrew 
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Alright paul recieved the knife yesterday morning what a job youve done of it im very pleased with it there was three people who i chose to make my knife and your knives stood out ime glad i chose you to do it.what can i say im over the moon about it so much so im now saving for another one so you will be hearing from me soon thank you very much for all your hard work.Keep up the good work you will hear from me soon. paul.

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Hi Frenchy,

 

      Received new knife in post this morning many thanks, all way's have high expectations when waiting for a knife but when the knife arrives the style and quality all ways exceeds expectations, thank again for your hard work much

appreciated.

    Hope your stay in hospital is a short one and are soon back fighting fit.

 

                                                   Many thanks     Vince

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Hi Paul,

           Thanks so much for the lovely firesteel its so beautiful. You have done such a great job on it. Ill definatly be ordering something from you in the future.

Hope you have a lovely Summer.

Thanks again

 

Peter

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Hi Paul,
 
My knife arrived yesterday and it made my day. It looks and feels wonderful, I can't wait to get out and use it! 
Thank you very much for this beautifully crafted knife.  It will be treasured for many years to come!
 
Best regards
 
Duncan.

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Paul!
 
It arrived today. I love it! You certainly are a craftsman. It fits my hand perfectly. I am very grateful that you have made this knife for me. You have far exceeded my expectations (which were very high to start with). I cant thank you enough.  In fact whilst I'm at it, I would like to thank you for being an inspiration. I am just wiring up my garage with electricity, and kitting it out as a workshop. Your website has been a big part of motivating me to get started as a clueless, enthusiastic hobbyist. You knife will make a good goal for me to try and reach.
 
Thanks!  Tom
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HI FRENCHY,

 

HOPE THIS E-MAIL FINDS YOU WELL, RECEIVED THE SCANDI KNIFE YOU MADE FOR ME TODAY, AGAIN ANOTHER EXCELLENT KNIFE JUST THE RIGHT SIZE & SHAPE SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, YOU REALLY HAVE A TALENT FOR KNIFE MAKING.  HOPEFULLY IN THE NEW YEAR I COULD TALK YOU INTO MAKING ANOTHER KNIFE BUT FOR NOW HOPE YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY  NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN THANKS VERY MUCH. 

VINCE

 

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Hi Paul

 

Just opened the Shadow knife you sent me and..... wow just wow!

 

It’s amazing and completely perfect, I love the detail in the sheath and the handle fits perfectly into my hands thank you so much for doing that for me!

 

 Would I be able to ask you for another knife?? My best friend is about to join the Royal Marine Commando’s after finishing university and I would like to send him off with something  special and one of your knives would be great!

 

I was thinking of spending about £100, do you have any ideas?

 

Thank you again

 

Martyn

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Hi Paul,

 

Just to let you know I got my knife back yesterday which you sharpened for me, you've done an excellent job. I could see just from looking at it that it was very sharp and was even more impressed when I came to use it.

 

Many Thanks

 

Liam Brighty.

 

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Hi Paul,

Just received my knife today as I have been away on holiday and what can I say, its brilliant! The scales on the knife are absolutely beautiful and the sheath accompanies the knife perfectly. I have a little go with the knife and it cuts brilliantly especially with the handle fitting my hand so well.

Thank you so much Paul for this wonderful knife,

Best Wishes,
Andrew
 

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Hi Paul the new Leuku arrived safely, once I'd unpacked it I must admit I spent some time just "looking" at it, then I got round to "handling" it the balance is absolutely superb to my mind (although heavier) much better for my hands than a traditional Leuku. I doubt very much I will want see any more Purpleheart handle scales I think you could say I've flogged that theme within an inch of it's life, but there's one thing you can definitely say, there will be NO argument over which is MY cutlery!!!!!  Can't wait to try it on something I'm betting "the definition of sharp" according to Frenchy means it'll go straight through.  Yours as ever Bill

 

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Hello Paul

Just signed for the DL1 and tore the very secure packaging off. Wow...just wow, it's perfect. Thanks again for all your hard work. I will contact you later in the year to sort out a Shadow for me if that's ok.

Regards Gordon
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Hello Paul

Received knife this morning, I knew it would be good, but wow!!!!!! it is fantastic I'm really really chuffed, thank you very very much Paul, I get so much pleasure from it, you must get double that pleasure creating something so beautiful and tactile, and the sheath is wonderful as well, thank you very much once again.

Yours Dave

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Hello Paul,

Had a really good look at the knife.

Thank you very much for the Talisman knife. A great skill and gift you have
making these.  It's definitely the best I have ever owned.

Regards,
Mike
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Paul,

I did receive the knives.  I apologize for not letting you know  
sooner.  We left town the day they arrived and did not have access to  
the internet.  Then when we returned my computer died.  At last  
everything is back to normal.

Anyway, the knives are beautiful and the sheaths too.  Thanks for your  
hard work.  I think the firesteels turned out really nice, I've never  
had them match the knife.  I have to use one of the knives soon just  
to get used to using it.  I haven't given them to my sons yet, but I'm  
sure they will appreciate them.

I will check your website occasionally to see what you are making.

Thank you again.

Regards,

Andrew Crowley
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Hi, 
Just to say thank you very much. Your workmanship is wonderful. Sorry I have not replied
earlier. Just to say thank you so very much, again. Hope to deal with you again. 
Paul 

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Paul

you beauty

Thanks for making a fantastic set for me ,it looks great in antler

 

cheers 

walter

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Hello Paul, received the Talisman on Saturday morning and it is superb. The cocobolo scales are magnificent and you have done a great job on the sheath. A stunning knife, thank you so much.

Kind regards

Brian

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Hey Paul! Please ignore the earlier message - my neighbour has just delivered the knife to
me and it is fantastic !!  words cannot describe how happy i am with it and it proves what
a craftsman you really are!! Once again many thanks
- Mark.
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Dear Paul,

Thank you very much. Your beautiful knife arrived today safe and
sound. It is a thing of beauty, well worth waiting for. It is so much
more substantial than I expected and the Damascus patterning is
beautiful. I cannot thank you enough for the repeated effort you have
put into the creation of my knife. It will be a treasured and well
used piece of the knife makers   art. I could not be more pleased.
Christian
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Hi Paul

 

About an hour ago I got one the nicest surprises I've ever had - brought by the postman!

 

I see what you mean not about the original sheath being usable by either hand - but I am so blown away by the knife and British sheath that I haven't thought much about it.

 

I took a bit of a flyer on the knife because you obviously cannot be sure it will feel right until you hold it. I have small hands and whilst it does not sit well in my right hand it really could have been tailor made for my left.

 

To quote you "it is arguably the best knife you could possibly own". I'm not arguing - I'm delighted. Thank you for ending a 40 year quest for a knife I am 100% happy with. It is already on my belt and will stay there.

 

It would be wrong not to use such a fine tool for the purpose for which it was made - so use it I will  -probably every day.

 

Thanks again

Best regards

John

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Hi Paul. I received this knife this morning. It is everything you said it would be and then some, and I have to say at a very
reasonable cost. It simply oozes quality and you are clearly a master craftsman, thank you so much.
 
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Hi Paul I collected the knife from the post office this morning and what a fantastic piece
of equipment it is.  It is a privilege to own a such a piece of workmanship and I cant wait
for my next trip to put it to work. 
Thanks so much for all the effort and skill put in to making it. 
Would love your advise on maintaining it correctly if poss. and look forward to
dealing with you again soon as I would love a thumb stick. 
Best wishes and look forward to hearing from you. 
Thanks Again. 
Ron
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Hello Paul,

Great knife and the handle is such a perfect fit.  Beautiful again, Thank
you very much.

Take Care
Mike
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Paul,

got the knife back today and I am very happy! The new sheath looks amazing and the blade has cleaned up nicely! I'll try to take better care of it this time!

Cheers,

Andy S.

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Hi Paul,

 

just to let you know the finished knife arrived in the post this morning. It look s really great, good looks and really solid construction. I really like the sheath as well and matching firestick. All in all a great combination and really worth waiting for. I'm really please with the result.

 

I'm glad I made the choice of horn for the handle , it's got a great feel to it, and the red really sets the whole  off nicely. I'm sure I 'm going to get a number of people asking where I got it and I will of course be giving them your name

 

I'm looking forward to trying it out at the weekend. Thank you very much for all your contact over the last few months. I really appreciate your hard work.

 

Regards

 

David

 

p.s. this email has taken a while to write as I keep having to stop typing to pick the knife up and look at it!

 
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Paul, what can i say, im absolutely made up, two beautiful knives that will 
get years of use, im really taken with both knives and i know that the 
antler one will go down well with my daughter, its been an absolute pleasure 
in dealing with you and for that alone you are to be commended, i would have 
no hesitation in recommending you to family or friends, i may be in touch in 
the future for a larger knife, take care , and have a good time over the 
festive period, Andy c.
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Dear Paul

The knives arrive today just as you promised.

I am very impressed with the quality of the workmanship.  I could not 
have wanted better handles for the blades, and the sheaths are a very 
good match for each style.

One knife (the small Bowie) has already found a home as an early 
Christmas present for my wife, who is a keen hunter.  One question - is 
the thong on the sheath for decoration, to attach the knife to the 
sheath, to attach the sheath to your leg or for some other purpose?

I know that you are going into hospital soon, so please accept my best 
wishes for a speedy recovery.

I will keep an eye open for further blades and I am sure we will find 
new projects to work on in the New Year.

Regards

David
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Dear Paul

Yes, the knives were waiting for me when I got back to the office this 
morning - very nice pieces, as usual.

Regards

David
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Hi Paul,
just to let you know that my knife has arrived safely, well what can I say! 
I knew it would be special but Paul it is a work of art, I am so pleased 
with it that I dont know where to start to tell you what I'm feeling. It 
fits my hand perfectly as though it were an extension of my arm, you've 
probably heard it before but you are a Genius Paul. I'm so glad that I sold 
the knives that I was selling to you and did'nt accept the higher offers, 
and the reason I did that was because you were the only one who offered me 
their condolences, and that meant a great deal to me. I'm  glad that I went 
for the Bearing steel, it's unbelievable and the sheath and firesteel I just 
cant believe how lucky I am to own such a creation, you should feel really 
proud Paul I know I would if I had created it. Theres only one problem Paul 
! what ever I make in the future is going to be overshadowed by this knife, 
you certainly have raised the bar when it comes to quality. Well Paul I'll 
sign off now but before I do I'd just like to say thankyou so much you've 
made me a very happy man, take good care of yourself, your good friend Paul
 
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Hi Paul,

The knife arrived safe & sound yesterday, thank you. It is beautiful! It is also a very good weight and has good balance. Both the steel and the timber are stunning and yet the knife also feels very usable. My dad will love it.

I am really grateful to you for making me such a beautiful object, you must be very proud. When I want my own knife I'll let you have my details. I'm left handed but other than that it's very tempting to want the same knife as my dad's. We'll talk about it soon.  I'll also be in touch after March 17th to without doubt pass on my dad's appreciation to you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Darren

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Hi Paul,

Just wanted to say a massive thanks!. The sheaths are both fantastic and given that I didn't really have a specific brief for you, you've done an absolutely amazing job - THANKS! 

I'll be back, once I've saved a few pennies, to ask you to make a custom knife for me. I've got the idea in my head already.

So, thanks again, and I'll be mentioning you to my many friends in the combatives community.

 

Kind regards

 

Stuart

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Hiya,
 Just received the knife through the post about ten minutes ago, and had to write to say thank you! Looking closely at the knife and sheath, its easy to see how much work, skill and soul has gone into them. You really are a talented man, and you haven't heard the last of me as i'll definitely be contacting you again in the near future for one of your Opinel + fire steel combos, especially now that i have handled your work and appreciate the quality of it!
 So, in summary, I'm very happy with my knife and sheath, and want to thank you for spending so much time and effort on them, especially considering the fact that this can be a very stressful and busy time of year.
 
Thanks ever so much,
 
Simon Dye
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Hiya, recieved the combo this morning, and posted the money too. Hopefully be with you by Monday morning. Im very pleased with the combo, its another example of the quality of your work.
 You've turned something practical into something thats beautiful, too.
 
Thanks a bunch!
 
 
Simon Dye
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Hi Paul,

 

The knife arrived today, the envelope was waiting for me on the kitchen table when I got home from work and I could not wait to open it.

Before I got the bobble rap off I could feel the weight,and when I saw it I was just amazed its fantastic Iam so pleased.

The colour and shape of the sheath are just right, the handle fits in my hand and feels really good, I love the pattern on the handle and the red liner looks just right.

Iam so pleased with it Paul thank you very very much.

Hope to correspond with you again in the future.

 

Thank You Again,

 

Richard Tuck

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Hi Paul

 

I have just this very minute returned home from a skiing holiday. The first thing I did was to open the envelope with my knife in it. The second is to send you this mail thanking you for a first class job on my old knife.

Paul you really cannot imagine how much this knife means to me - it was my very first serious knife and has been around in the bottom of drawers - tool boxes etc. for the past 40 years. It really is uplifting to see it in such a good condition and in a grand sheath as well. It now has pride of place next to the old whitby original bowie.

And thanks for the leather strop - I will let you know how I get on.

Unforunately I don't have any more knives which would benefit from your attention.

Paul - many thanks.

Graham


 

FEEDBACK VIA E-BAY BEFORE THEY SCUPPERED KNIFE SALES!
 
Wonderful - even better than the photos - a real craftsman ! Thanks
 
Really lovely item-great ebay experience
 
Fisrt class craftmanship, highly recommended, Thanks Paul.
 
great service exellent knife will be using again and recomending to others!!!
 
Once again another work of art by Frenchie Great E-baying experience
 
fantastic craftsmanship and a real gentleman - cheers Frenchy!
 
This is a lovely knife,description was great.Packaged well and prompt delivery
 
A true honourable gentleman and a craftsman. A pleasure to buy from.
 
Great communication, very smooth transaction, lovely piece of craftsmanship
 
Quite exquisite, absolutely delighted with this stunning knife and sheath+extras
 
fantastic service, fantastic product, highly recommended
 
truly lovely, better than I'd hoped for. Very helpful. many thanks
 
Item over & above my expectations brilliant experience AAA+++
 
Absolutely stunning piece Nice person to trade with AAA++++
 
Simply gorgeous work. Wonderful item - peerless attention from Frenchy. Superb
 
Beautiful item, brilliant and friendly comms
 
What a fantastic knife maker.Genuinly nice person to deal with.Top quality Knife
 
Knife arrived promptly .. Beautiful work ** Thank You !!
 
Fantastic item, wonderfully crafted, can't recommend highly enough. Brilliant
 
mindblowing!! you've made someone very happy . thankyou so much!!
 
recieved your knife today its absolutly stunning its been a pleasure paul
 
Gorgeous knife. Superb craftsmanship.
 
What a fantastic Knife.It is a masterpiece of quality.Buy from this man. A++
 
Absolutely superb item, great seller, great quality - words are not enough!!!!!!
 
 

TRADING POSSIBILITIES

 

I'm a proper knife enthusiast as I don't just make knives, I collect them as well.  Although I've just about got together most of the knives I've been interested in acquiring, there's always room for the odd interesting specimen!  I know that I should stop collecting knives and instead start downsizing my sizeable collection, but I find it ever so hard to part with anything!  I don't specialise in any particular type or brand of knife, albeit that Puma knives dominate in my collection and in type, Bowies, very large ones, dominate. Basically if I come across or am offered something that I find interesting, I'll try and make a fair and mutually beneficial deal.

 

Here's the deal.  I'm quite happy to consider a 'trade' against any of my knives for any knife that might appeal to me.  So, if you would like one of my knives and have a knife that you would like me to consider as part of a trade-in deal, just get in touch and let me have the details and a photo or two.

 

My decision as to whether we can do a deal or not will mostly depend on the following criteria:

 

1.  Is the knife of interest to me?

2.  Have I already got one like it in my collection?

3.  What monetary value do you attribute to your knife and what possible value it is to me. 

4. If the value of your knife is higher than the knife you'd like from me, would I be in a favourable financial position at the time to make the deal?

5.  My priority is that the deal is fair, mutually beneficial and hassle free.

6.  Timing of potential deal.  Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a deal is just not possible on account of unfavourable personal circumstances or financial limitations at the time. In such instances I promise to respect your position and in return I expect you to respect mine.

 

That's it.  You can contact me with details on xpaulxakaxfrenchyx@talkxtalk.xnet ((Please remove the X where it appears - this is to hopefully fool email addresses collecting Robots). Please make sure you put 'Frenchys Website Communication' in the e-mail's Subject heading or otherwise your e-mail could end up in the 'Spam Bin'.