This ancient trade or craft is a hands-on process with many details that would otherwise be overlooked. This story, as old as it is, is one that is near forgotten in today’s society. Steel mills are manufacturing and pouring steel. Machines and molds have replaced the need for a blacksmith to hand forge iron and steel. Dan Estep, seeing the need for a high quality product, still uses his anvils, forges, and files to make his beautiful knives. It is pretty much the same way as it was done in the ancient Fertile Crescent, though he takes advantage of the advances made through out the centuries. Sharper Than Fire will share this story with the world because it is one that the national media would never tell.
In recognition of artistic excellence, Shawn Lind is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. » »
A short sample showing Dan Estep's skill and love for blacksmithing. » »
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