Post by Adrian Jordan on Dec 15, 2016 20:46:03 GMT
"it's not a blade, but it is infinite potential blades. This is my garage that I turned in to my knife shop. I suppose that is what I am thankful for this year. It gets hard, sometimes, because I work a lot of overtime, am an admin for 3 facebook groups, oversee various other things, and still try to make and run my little knife business. Keeps a guy pretty busy.
In the coming year, I'm hoping to use this new income to get all of my start-up debt paid off, as well as a few improvements to my house. But ya never know what a new year has in store. Just gotta keep moving forward and deal with things as they come."
Post by Adrian Jordan on Dec 15, 2016 21:08:53 GMT
"So, the picture is the first sword that I had ever taken apart and put back together on my own. It has it's issues but it my favorite sword. It is an old Del Tin "Moonbrand" model and i replaced the original guard with the guard from a Windlass Classic Medieval sword while retaining the "Moonbrand" pommel.
One thing that I am grateful for this year is that my Fiance and I moved in together.
I hope that next year I can learn to handle my bank account better than I have in the past."
Post by Adrian Jordan on Dec 15, 2016 22:50:50 GMT
3. Adrian Jordan
Like a lot of folks, my 2016 was somewhat devastating. Not a lot of really good things happened or happening. However, I've been the recipient of some pretty awesome good luck and intentions at times. I've also been able to stay involved here when I had fears at times that I would no longer be able to. In the coming year, I hope that I am able to finally get some nagging issues ironed out for my family.
"This shows my old and (if I'm honest) still favorite sword - a Windlass Munich which has been heavily modified by James Curry to have blackened fittings, a shagreen (rayskin) full-wrap handle to replace the wire, and my own sharpening and polishing job on the blade. The pommel was also modified slightly to improve the balance and peened instead of threaded.
The katana in the image is the one that you and several other forumites helped me select: the Musashi 47 Ronin Katana. My review of that sword is here:
Of course, I also love it to death and I couldn't leave it out.
In 2016, I am very grateful that I now have a job I don't mind too much with colleagues that I like and a boss who is great and willing to work with us.
In 2017, I hope to be able to move back to somewhere closer to home so I can better take care of my grandparents - they had some health issues, and although the news since the diagnoses has been great, at the same time it hasn't been and I'm hoping to be able to help more.
Thank you so much to you and everyone else who is donating prizes - thanks for what you do for people - and thanks for giving me another excuse to whip these things out, again.
"Something that happened this year that you are grateful for:
My second child and second daughter. No words are needed for this, she's as much a blessing as my first daughter was (born last year).
Two, something that you hope for in the coming year:
I hope for two things. For my personal life, I hope to be able to be a good husband, father, and provider. This means upping my game in my chosen profession. This also means teaching. With this comes time allotment issues - I don't want to be an absentee dad! So I hope for better time management on my part for 2017.
For the world at large, I hope for healing. 2016 has been very divisive for many of us due to politics and war. Institutions both domestic (wherever you are, really) and international seem to be breaking down a bit. I hope 2017 will be calmer. Placid even. We all need a breather. And more swords maybe."
"This has been a very eventful year for me in both school and social events, however one thing I am truly grateful for from the bottom of my heart is that my great grandma or as I call her ah bak bak, has managed to beat her illness and is still with us at the ripe age of 103
I hope to just spend more time with family in 2017, this year has been quite hectic and I haven't always been there for those that love me. After my bakbak was hospitalized for a long time it really showed me that you have to treasure those around you because you never know how long they will be there, don't think that they will always be there waiting for you to come home because they wont so cherish them while you can as I will because I don't want those kinds of regrets in the future. On a more festive note I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, get a little wasted and just have fun with life!"
"2016 has brought me many lessons, some tough to learn. I have lost much, but the insight I have gained is worth more than everything I've lost. I am grateful for that. My hard times taught me who I cherish most. I am grateful for that too
I hope 2017 brings opportunity and the motivation to seize that opportunity to its fullest potential when I apply for the Canadian Forces."
"This knife is special to be because it is the first knife I designed and had made, way back in 1974. The knife maker, Fred Weber, was the first maker to treat me a 19 year old kid (at the time) as an adult. He was kind, informative and a gentleman in all our dealings. Eventually I purchased about 12 knives from him but this was my first that I designed and is the only blade of any type, I'd never consider selling.
This year marked my eldest daughters' completion of her Occupational Therapy studies. Within hours of receiving notice of her license, she got over a 1/2 dozen interviews and several offers by the next week. She is now active in her career and my wife and I are very proud of her.
Next year we wish for her continued success and happiness."
"Decided to go with a pic of my first European sword the Windlass Effigy Sword. Sure I've had swords before and after this one but it always has been special to me.
One thing I've been grateful for this year has been my family. Been a busy year for us but I think we finally got things settled and are looking forward to a great Christmas.
One thing I'm looking forward to in the coming year is pretty much the follow through to what I mentioned above, things can only get better if stayed on track. Looking forward to the potential and possibilities of 2017."
"Oddly enough, 2016 was an absolutely great year for me. I solved a lot of life issues, and I'm looking forward to starting the new year with a bang. One of the coolest things that happened to me this year was winning this sword (an Arms & Armor Grunwald) in a previous contest. The sword was given to me by forum member William Swiger, an incredibly generous act. I absolutely love it, and I will be doing a full review (hopefully) after all the holiday excitement is over.
Something I'm hoping to accomplish this next year: I'm finally getting around to doing some things I've always wanted to do (HEMA, blade forging, writing, etc.). I'm hoping next year will be the year to do it all."
"The past year has truly been a hobby renaissance for me, I've always been into swords and knives, but due to financial restrictions I had to give up and only recently did my passion for bladed objects reiginte. I got my first sword 6 months ago, then a second one and I've also comissioned a custom project, and in the meantime of all that I've picked up balisong flipping again. All I hope for in 2017 is that I'll have enough time and money to fuel my unhealthy obsession with sharp, pointy, metal sticks ;)"
"This Yari is very important for me, because only the blade is bought from KoA (Mark Morrow custom piece). Everything else was a project I did together with my Dad. You can also see my first self made Saya.
2016 has been a big year for me and I'm thankful for a lot of things. Mostly that I finished my vocational training and directly got a good job.
For 2017 I hope that everything goes fine with the apartment I bought and everyone in my family stays in good health."
"It's a tactical dha type thing made by James Helm--super light, fast and tough.
Strange as it may seem, I'm thankful that my gifted 12 year old son hit an academic roadblock this past year. This served to help me get through to him that he actually needs to study, to work, to achieve his goals.
In the coming year I am hoping that the new Kong film doesn't disappoint. (Yeah, a small thing, but small things can make a difference.)"
AndiTheBarvarian: Confusedus says: "Man who want pretty nurse must be patient."!
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AndiTheBarvarian: My grandfather said: "Where's the darn dog when you need it to blame for?"
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ouroboros: Grandfather says "he who farts in church, sits in own pew"
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Robert in California: Don't bath and soon enough you don't have to move 6 feet away from people. They do (more than 6 in the summer)
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Robert in California: My personality repels so I have not had to worry about 6 feet. I come. They go. Got my own private office. Not for being a big wig, but for personality issues. (born in the New York A!...born in the New York A!....(lyrics from "the boss")
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zabazagobo: christain, hard liquor is a great internal disinfectant...or so the Irish part of me family says
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christain: Considering I'm wiping my a** with paper kitchen towels and drinking hard liquor because there's NO BEER...I'm doin' great! I can remember when having a case of Corona meant for a good weekend at the lake.
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