My name is Vincent Price. I call the Mountains of West Virginia home. Welcome to my website where its my goal to showcase my Bladesmith and Blacksmith works. If you have any questions or are interested in any of my hand forged knives use the contact form below.
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Please stay tuned and reach out if you like. I'm always interested in talking to new people. If you would like to purchase one of my blades I would be really flattered. I pour my heart and soul into each one, and as I progress I suspect the quality of my work will improve also. I give 100% at all levels of my current ability. My blades are sound and sturdy. They may not look like a Knight or a Schwarzer, or a Neilson or a Loveless YET, but they are safe, sturdy, and sharp as hell. My goal is that one day when my craft and machinery improve enough, that they will look like the Masters blades also.
Someone asked me why I decided to begin Bladesmithing at 42 years old after varying careers in the Oil and Gas Industry, IT, and some others we won't mention, and a career ending back injury that nearly took my life, below is my response to that question.
Someone asked me why I was interested in Bladesmithing and decided to go all in last winter. I found that the cheapest propane forge was out of my Price range, only having the most rudimentary tools, pushing my mid 40's, and hadn't touched a blade "maker wise" in 15 years.
1. My Grandfather on my Dads side.
He was actually my Dads step dad. He worked for The Hamiltons at the Coke plant in Elkins WV. Apparently the Owner Diz, was an avid knife and gun collector. He took my grandfather off the floor and put him to work making knives for him personally once he found out he was a Blacksmith. I was very young but remember the love of the blade and craftsmanship he put into his work. That has carried on with me.
2. Theres an unknown, primal, attraction I have to hot steel moving under the blow of the hammer. The sound, the rythym, the color, the Hamon. The grain of the wood against a brass guard and steel sheen. The metaphysical, alchemical, mystery of the atoms aligning from Austenite to Martensite. The history of the blade, from Japan and around the world.
3. The idea that as temporal as we are, there's no escaping death. But blades I make will survive, possibly for centuries. As long as they are well cared for. The steel can last forever. A piece of myself left behind. The idea that I can share the knowledge I gain for anyone who is willing to learn.
4. The knife as a tool.
The Chef depending on his knife, that he purchased from me, to prepare, to take care of his family, to serve his customers.
The outdoorsman, using a knife I made to survive in the elements. To cut and skin his game, to make tinder for the fire she needs to survive.
The collector, who has put a blade I've made into his collection. Because he finds that it has worth and is proud to own it.
5. Neil Kamimura, gave me the inspiration to go for it. Down to earth, humble, and talented. Finding fame from his abilities, yet approachable and willing to share. His own past as painful as my own. An old soul, a powerful soul.
Thanks for watching and following my journey.
ABS Apprentice Bladesmith