Again Zen and the Art of Knifemaking
- The latest experiment in knife creation can be
seen in photos # 80 and 81 in the Photo section.
It's 19" long, 1095 steel with a nickel silver guard.
While working with the Buckeye Burl wood that
the handle is made out of, I found several little
holes and cracks as I sanded deeper into the block.
So I posted a question on the Knife Forum group
that I belong to, asking if I should fill them, and
if so, what should be used. The answer came very
quickly from one of the world's top knife makers.
He suggested using a super glue type product
to fill the gaps, as without doing this, the stability
of the handle would eventually be compromised.
I did this, and the end result is that the handle is
now smooth as glass and will be functional far
longer than it would have had I not worked on
it with proper methodology. This struck me as
analogous to what can happen when a spiritual
seeker recognizes their flaws and goes to a guru,
or even a meditation group like this one, and
gets pointers on how they should proceed to fill
the gaps in their knowledge so as to be able to
consistently function appropriately. In any event,
whatever I or you do, being attentive and having proper
guidance as to how to do the things we do in as
skillful a manner as we can is a wise tactic. In the
case of knifemaking, as is true in many of life's
events, not being attentive in the moment, and not
having the knowledge or skill to do the appropriate
actions, is a potentially tragic situation waiting
to happen. And when you do combine awareness with
wisdom and capability, the results can be very
satisfying, or some similar positive adjective.