KGA SHOP TOUR
This will be the grand prize for the Iron in the Hat
have gotten one more demo for those attending. I talked to Charles
Conner and he will be doing a demonstration of is scrimshaw skills in
the morning also. The stag crown that he scrims will be going into the
Iron in the Hat so that should be of interest to several makers.
The KGA shop tour to be held at the home of Ray Kirk
and will be the first Saturday in May, the 6th.
Our first demonstration will be by Billy Helton of Claremore and he will
be showing how he does a stacked handle on a hidden tang knife. After
the demonstration, there will be some time to visit and check out the
Iron in the hat items and tail gate sales.
At noon, the meal will consist of fried chicken from Reasor's . We will
also have some cole slaw, baked beans and a few other items. If you want
to bring a side dish or dessert, please do.
lunch, we will have the drawing for the items donated for the Iron in
the Hat. This is how we have been supporting our shop tours and enabling
attendees to acquire items that they desire. This is also the best time
to catch everyone in one place for the drawing. There will be a grand
prize as yet to be determined.
grand prize will be a chef knife. Forged from one inch 52100 round bar
with side cut micarta handle and a black paper micarta spacer.
The tail gate sales are for those attending that would like to bring
their excess supplies and equipment to sell or trade with others. This
is the best time for visiting and checking out what is available.
The first afternoon demo will also feature Billy doing a couple short
demos of forging a cross and a bottle opener. These are examples of the
small items that seem to be easily made for sales at art shows and other
venues attended by bladesmiths and blacksmiths.
And while the forge is hot, I will forge out a small integral chef knife
from round bar. Kitchen knives have seen an increase in interest and
would like to show how I do it.
We are hoping for good weather and a large crowd this year. The Forged
in Fire show has seemed to spark an interest in making knives and
forging. This has been an asset to our organization as it supports knife
making and sharing information about all the different aspects of our
To the people that joined out group at the knife show in OKC in March, I
have not been able to remember who all it was and I may have your email.
If you recently joined and have not been added to the list of members,
please get in contact with me. I need your information.
The address of the shop tour is 25494 South 530 Road, Park Hill, OK
74451. A mile north of Keys, Ok and 4 miles south of Cherokee Nation on
Hwy 82, turn east on Horse shoe bend road and go one mile, turn south on
530 road and it is 4/10 ths of a mile to my driveway.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Knife Show March 4th, 2017
This year the KGA custom knife show will be held on March
4th at H & H Shooting sports in Oklahoma City. This is the
same place as it was held last year.
The table fee will still be $50.00 per table. It will be
held in a different part of the building as there will also
be a cutting demonstration during the day. I think it will
be Blade Sports that will be doing the cutting
There will probably also be some forging demo’s during the
day. I will need to find out more about the itinerary for
If you would like to have a table, you can send me a check
for $50.00 per table or email me to reserve it. Payment
needs to be completed by show time on Saturday. Just let me
know what you would like to do.
I will also be posting this information on the KGA website
and the KGA Facebook page. As most of you know, it is open
to hand made knives only, no factory knives or guns will be
allowed. Engravers may have an example of their work but
not for sale.
The address of H & H is 400 South Vermont Suite 10 Oklahoma
City, OK 73108-1034
My address is PO Box 1445, Tahlequah, OK 74465
My phone number is 918-207-8076
If anyone has any questions, please let me know.
Accommodations for the show.
Best Western Saddleback Inn
4300 SW 3rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
They are offering $74.98 for a
single King bed, or $84.98 for a room with two double
This deal is available for both the
night of 3rd and the 4th.
KEITH & LINDA MURR
ROY and STEVE MILLER
LEE AND LINDA FERGUSON
EDDIE JOE GABBARD
GARY CROWDER (Maybe)
Shop Tour for Fall of 2016
October 8, 2016
Bill Kennedy will show how to set up a surface grinder table to be able to get a precision grind on your material.
Jerry McClure will be doing a gold or silver clad to bolsters and butt cap on a knife.
For another demo, we will be available for suggestions at the shop tour. Mike has a billet of damascus made up, a forge, and other equipment as needed. I will bring my forging tools and material if any one has a request for something special.
We are having this one catered and will have Barbeque with fixings. As usual, the shop tour has no fees and is supported only by the raffle of items donated for the “Iron in the Hat”. Selling tickets for the iron in the hat has been enough to pay for the expense of putting the shop tour on. Most items are materials for makers and several finished knives have been donated. All the tickets will be put into the hat for the grand prize at the end of the drawings.
Brion Tomberlin forged a small hunter from 1084 flat bar at the Branson show and hammer-in this past week end. It ended up in my trailer and I brought it back. I plan on completing it with some stag scales for the grand prize of the Iron in the Hat.
Tail gate sales are encouraged and it would be great for you to bring a guest. I do need to know about how many will be there and would appreciate a reply so I could get a count.
Mikes Contact info and address is;
910146 S. 3500 Road, Chandler , Oklahoma 74834 . His cell phone number is 918-290-0372 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing every one and travel safe.
Shop tour for Spring of 2016
May 7, 2016
The KGA shop tour will be on May the 7th at the home of Ray Kirk,
just south of Tahlequah. 25494 So. 530 Road, Park Hill, OK 74451
is the physical address. South of Tahlequah on Hwy 82 to Horse shoe
Bend Road. Go east on Horseshoe bend road for 1.1 mile and
turn right (south) on gravel road, 530 Road.
The agenda will be a leather sheath making demo by Mike Miller and
using social media by Tracy Roach. These will be in the morning.
After lunch, we will have the drawing for the iron in the hat and
draw for the grand prize, a damascus integral with stag. Mike will
use it to make his sheath and the winner of the knife will have the
sheath mailed to them.
After all this excitement, there will be a group picture and
depending on the time, there will be some knife forging demos.
The special event will be Rusty Polk and Roger Comar taking their
performance test for the JS stamp of the American Bladesmith
Society. This will involve cutting a 1” free hanging rope, chopping
a 2x4 in half twice, then shaving the hair from their arm. After
the test to see how will it can cut and hold an edge, the knife will
be dulled and then bent 90 degrees. If it passes, they will have
passed the performance part of the requirement needed to attain
their Journeyman Smith stamp from the American Bladesmith Society.
I have invited the Chief of the Cherokee Nation to attend and he
may be able to also witness the performance test. If he is able to
attend, I will ask him to also sign their test results. Roger is
also a Cherokee from North Carolina.
The fare for lunch will be chili, beans, and smoked hot dogs for
those that would like them. I will also be making cornbread to go
with the chili. Side dishes are welcome.
There will be tail gate sales and lots of visiting.
There is expected to be close to 100 participants at this one. We
keep getting more each year and we have more fun each year.
If you have an item for the iron in the hat, it is very welcome.
This is how we pay for the event as we don’t charge for anything.
The demonstrators have been kind to donate their time and supplies
at times to show others a technique, skill, or other needed
information that can pertain to knife making. We are blessed with a
lot of knowledgeable makers that come each year to participate in
our activities and share with us.
Grand prize for Iron in the Hat
Shop tour for fall of 2014
October 31, 2015
October 31'is the date for our shop tour at Bill Kennedys house.
Demos in the morning . Two forges with anvils set up in the afternoon for members to forge a small knife.
Directions are I-40 West of OKC to Cimmaron Road. Turn South to NW 23rd street. Left on it to bottom of hill. Turn left on Lost Lake Road. All the way to end Bills on right.
Bill is furnishing the meat (smoked
venison and turkey) and side
dishes are welcome. Times are from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
3 bladesmiths from the Forged in
Fire series will be there for demonstration purposes and to help in
those that want to to forge a small blade they can take home.
There is no charge for this.
Tail gate sales are always welcome
and there will be iron in the hat. If you have something to donate
for the iron in the hat, it will be most welcome. That is how we
cover the expenses for the shop tour. You are also welcome to
bring a guest and you don't have to be a member to attend. Just
have an interest in knives and a willingness to share your knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing every one.
KGA SHOP TOUR
MAY 2ND, 2015
The KGA shop tour will be held at
the home of Ray Kirk.
Time is from 10:00 AM till around
Also, could you bring a chair if you
have one, there will be a good crowd here and I am not sure I have
The KGA shop tour for May 2nd will not be able to have
Bill Coye demonstrate. Bill found out he had a previous
obligation and will be unable to demonstrate at this
As of this time we will be doing one presentation by
Calvin Harkins on social media for the knife business
and a forging class for attendees that will be forging
the small dia 52100 round bar into a small carving
knife. I will have the wood handles pre drilled to the
diameter of the rod and a bunch of JB Quik for the
handle attachment if needed. We will do a flash temper
on the steel and that may be good enough for the small
knife and its uses.
If some one would like to see a certain type of
demonstration, please let me know pretty quick so I can
try to arrange it.
The address of the shop tour is 25494 So. 530 Rd., Park
Hill, Ok 74451. My cell is 918-207-8076
Don’t forget to let me know if your planning on being
here and the number of guests in your party. This is to
help plan on the amount of food to serve.
Tail gates sales are all day and the iron in the hat is
after lunch. I will have another nice knife for the
grand prize this year so a ticket bought for the other
items will automatically go into the drawing for the
The main course will be pulled pork with potato salad
and beans. Side dishes are welcome, especially pecan
This is the knife kit you can use to make your own
knife in the afternoon forging class. A predrilled
cedar block from a 100+ year old cedar tree, a 7" piece
of 3/8" dia. 52100 and some fast epoxy to help eliminate
For those that was present at the Facebook for
business presentation. My daughter said she forgot
to tell all makers to be friends with your customers.
When you sell them a knife, take a pic and tag them in
the photo. That way all their friends can also see
them and hopefully, a smiling face. :)
There were over 40 that signed the guest book and we had
a great time.
Gary Robertson won first choice of the grand prize
drawing of the Iron in the Hat and he chose the Raker
Medicine Blade. Jim McGuinn was the second ticket
drawn and he got the Gary Crowder folder. Two
The afternoon was spent forging knives
in the back yard. We had two forges going and a
lot of enthusiasm for some that had also never done any
forging. They did a great job and several had to
take them home and complete them. Just not enough
time to get every ones done.
As I get some more pics, I will post them on the web
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
THERE WILL BE MEMBERS DEMONSTRATING OR SHOWING THEIR
WARES AT THESE LOCATIONS THAT ARE LISTED ON THE AGENDA.
PLEASE CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR FAVORITE MAKER OR SUPPLIER IS LISTED
FOR THE ONES NEAR YOU.
Knife Show for March 14th,
(TABLES ARE SOLD OUT)
List of table holders are at bottom
There will be a KGA knife show this year on March 14th from
around 9:00 Am till about 4:00 PM. It will be held in
Oklahoma City, OK at the H & H Shooting Sports complex.
There will be about room for 20 tables and they will cost
$50.00 each. This will help pay for the electronic
advertising bill board that H & H has and for the facility.
We hope to make this an annual event.
For table reservations, contact Mike Miller (918-260-5771)
to let him know you want one and send the money to me at PO
Box 1445, Tahlequah, OK 74465. Make it payable to the
Knife Group Association and I will send you a reciept.
Table locations will depend on the order of being received.
Mike will be assigning table spots. If you wish to be close
to some one or YOU WISH TO SHARE a table, please let us
know. Table sharing is highly acceptable at our knife
I know this is kind of a short notice but when some one
offers you a good deal, it is hard to turn down. The
facility is located at 400 South Vermont, Suite 10 just off
I-40 and Meridian. There are several motels in that area
and Mike is getting a list. He did tell me that there was
one for $49.00 a night.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I will try
to post more information on our web site as it comes
If you wish to donate an item
for customer appreciation give a way, Please let me know.
Directions to the show.
Exit I-40 and Meridian go North
Turn right on SW 3 street to end at Vermont turn right and
go South to circle turn left where it says speed bumps 15
Go down to ramp and man door beside is where we will enter
Coffee service through cafe-they will have 26 badges for us
to show cafe for free coffee
No outside food or drink is allowed
You can take food from cafe back to show room
Mike Allen (Whiskers)
Lee and Linda
(UNABLE TO ATTEND)
Sandy McClure (Supplies while they last,
Her last show as Giraffe Bone Dealer)
Joe Wheeler (UNABLE TO ATTEND)
KGA Fall Shop Tour
Sept 20, 2014
The details for the agenda of the fallshop tour of the
Knife Group Association have been started.
Time: Sept. 20, 2014,
10:00 AM till around 4:00 PM, Place: The home
of Bill Kennedy, Yukon, OK.
The fall shop tour will be
held this year at the home
of Bill Kennedy in Yukon,
OK The directions to his
I-40 WEST of OKC to Cimaron
Road ( exit 132) - go South
on Cimarron road to NW 23 RD
- turn East on 23RD to Lost
Lake Lane to end circle.
Bill's house is the one on
We plan on having smoke
turkey , bake bean , and
coleslaw. Side dishes and
desserts are welcome.
Brion Tomberlin has
volunteered to do a forging
demo of what some one may
need. I can help. Bill has
a good machine shop and may
be able to answer a few
What I want is to have some
suggestions on something
that you would like to see.
We have some of the finest
knife makers in the country
in our club and all have
been willing to share their
information. We just need
to know if there is
something that we can help
This is also for
friends and other interested
persons that may have an
interest in knives or knife
making. I appreciate
your support in the past and
look forward to seeing those
that may be able to attend.
The Iron in the Hat drawings will be after lunch . Others are encouraged to bring something for the
Iron in the Hat drawings. This is how we support help
support our shop tours. It also gives many a chance to
win something for a small donation. All ticket
buyers will have their ticket put into one large box and
be eligible to be drawn for the grand prize.
As usual, we encourage tail gate sales and if you want,
bring a works in progress to show others how you may be
doing things or to ask questions.
There may also be a discussion about how to build gas
forges. A few have expressed an interest in this
information and there should be several at the meeting
that can answer their questions.
Looking forward to seeing every one again and if you
can, please let me know if you plan on attending. This
does make it easier to plan for the meal. Email me at
or call me at 918-207-8076,
which is my cell phone.
Links of Interest
Oklahoma Custom Knife Show