Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
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Rusty and Jay,
When I first saw my knife in person I was blown away, it is exactly what I needed. It's sturdy, strong, sharper than a razor and holds an edge perfectly. It is the all around knife that in my nearly two decades as a chef I have never before had the pleasure of owning. Words cannot express how pleased I am. You are true craftsmen. I'm truly honored to possess this amazing piece of art. I can't wait to start another project with you both in the very near future.
Rusty Russom started making knives in my Enchanted Spirits Studio years ago. As my stepson, he was exposed to many facets of the knife making conversation, and became versed in knife needs, interest, and design. Rusty has favored and made artistic conceptual types of knives for his own interests, and he has a keen eye, a steady hand, and tremendous drive. I could not ignore these extraordinary attributes, and convinced him to consider making some very special knives in collaboration with me.
It wasn't long before Rusty agreed to go full time into knife making, working alongside me in Enchanted Spirits Studio here in Clovis, New Mexico. This started on January 1, 2011. We are both very excited about this. Rusty already is building a order base, and has some great projects in the works in both custom knives and our own creative works together. Like James Beauchamp, who has made knives in collaboration with me in the studio for years, these will be knives that are created together with me, as well-made as if my own hands have created them. The only differences are that they will not have fancy and elaborate finishes, embellishment, or gemstone handle materials and will be made with an eye on speedy delivery, in months instead of years, as my sole authorship knives are quoting a 4-5 year delivery at current levels.
Rusty brings unique and very special sets of skills and experience to our knife making world. He is an experienced professional chef, who has managed and operated a busy restaurant in the downtown area of our state's largest and most active city. He has made a living designing, creating, preparing, executing, and delivering fine dishes to Albuquerque's most distinguished professional, government, and civic leaders and workforce, daily. As you can imagine, Rusty and I have had deep and detailed conversations about knives in general, and specifically, Chef's knives. It is one thing to be an accomplished chef and culinary wizard, but to have the experience of a professional chef offers an entirely new perspective to the knife making conversation. Many people cook, some people are chefs, but few are professionals who have made their living operating in a vital, distinctive, and daily position like Rusty has. People have depended on him to provide delicious, inviting, and well-crafted meals, made daily from fresh ingredients, hand prepared. Rusty has solid and established concepts of what constitutes not only high performance professional knives in this field, but also exceptional fine pieces of culinary art and gourmet knives. Please remember that these are not simply knives made by a knife maker, or knives made by a person who cooks; these are knives made by one of the top full-time professional knife makers and an experienced professional restaurant chef, in collaboration. I can't wait to see the new knives coming up!
Now that Rusty is going full time, he has agreed to take on our standard tactical combat and professional knife styles and projects. Because of the tremendous demand for these critical knives for our soldiers, rescue personnel, and professionals in military and civilian roles, and since the need for this type of knife is very high, it is not surprising to note that many of Rusty's current works in progress are custom tactical combat knives. Just as James Beauchamp has done, these knives will be collaboratives with me keeping an eye on speedy delivery, in months instead of years as for my sole authorship knives.
In addition to having been an accomplished professional chef, Rusty has a background in artistic tactical knife design, an interest he's had since youth. Like many young people, he is knowledgeable and versed in modern computer use and interactive multi-platform entertainment. Rusty's interest in this digital technology realm extends beyond simple gaming and he is versed and proficient in FPS, RPG, RTS and MMORPG as well as higher level educational and video graphic formats. To those who understand these important and continuously emerging media forms, Rusty and I have started a program to bring many of the 2D edged weapons into three dimensions; in essence, to create conceptual digital tactical weapons, stylized knife forms, and create them in reality. We call this Imagined Weapons Made Real. In the computer and digital world, there are many creative individuals who design weapon forms for the characters and players, but, as computer designers, have little or no experience in the realities of a workable tactical knife form. Since interest is high in this type of knife, tool, and weapon, I am often asked to make certain similar designs that are real knives, axes, edged weapons, or forms. Rusty has agreed to offer his services (in collaboration with me) to do this for our clients. Like all of our knives, these collaborative pieces will be real tactical knives, not knock-offs, copies, or novelty items, and will be designed with the digital influence, with careful attention to protect the copyrights and trademarks of the companies that have these forms in their media. This means that exact copies can not be made, and indeed, in order to make the piece in three dimensions and of significant quality, there usually must be substantial modifications to the designs. So, they will never be copies, only influences. This keeps all of the legalities in order, and allows us some creative freedom as knife makers and artists. Wait until you see what we have coming up! Here's a taste of this striking, new type of knife.
Working knives are essential, and many makers have standing and continuous orders for these. Rusty is making them too, so look forward to seeing examples of these knives posted as they are completed. We are building them together from my existing patterns as well as new designs and patterns as clients request them.
Rusty working in the shop full time is an exciting prospect for both of us. As an older man, I believe it is good to have the younger influence in the studio in order for everyone to grow, both as established and as emerging artists and craftsmen. Rusty is excited at learning all he can, and seriously applying what he has learned to unique and essential projects. We are both looking forward to what we can build together in this exciting realm!
There is a tremendous amount to learn, as Rusty will be diving into the business of knifemaking as well as the knife creation itself. There is accounting and budgeting, research and development, safety and equipment maintenance and repair. There is everything from shop lighting to web site development and tax accounting to learn. Much of what goes on in the knife making business is not at the forefront of public discussion, usually only the knives are. Some of this basis of instruction will be helpful for me in my upcoming book, so look for that to be another benefit to our trade and industry.
First, let me thank you again for my Calisto. It has not left my side since I've received it, and I've found infinite uses for it, both at work, and in day to day life. I can't begin to tell you how many compliments I've gotten from all who have seen it. It is a truly functional work of art, and an unbelievable display of true craftsmanship.
The knives Rusty and I create together have satin finished or bead blasted blades, clean and straightforward designs and patterns, without fancy embellishment, gemstone, engraving, or exotic skin inlaid sheaths. Rusty and I offer serious, well-designed working tactical, combat, chef's, and digitally derived knives, custom made for the individual client, with my skills and experience in collaboration. While Rusty does most of the work, I also use my hands on several critical steps to assure the knife is as high a quality as is possible to bear both our names on the blade.
The collaborative pieces Rusty and I are creating together will be made with an eye on expediting delivery, as my sole authorship knives are currently quoting 4-5 years to delivery. Our collaborative knives will be delivered in months instead of years.
Rusty is currently taking orders and making serious chef's knives, tactical combat knives, working knives, and digitally derived and conceptual knives, both for the professional and for the kitchen that requires orderly, useful, well thought-out, and extremely well-made and durable tools or the collector who wishes to own a real tactical knife from a digital form. The chef's knives are cleanly satin finished, without elaborate embellishment. The tactical knives are bead blasted. The knives are handmade with exotic and domestic hardwood handles, manmade handle materials, and high quality, corrosion resistant, martensitic stainless tool steel blades with extremely corrosion resistant fittings and accoutrements and accessories. Rusty is also creating fine display quality stands, holders, and blocks for these exceptional chef's knives, and the tactical combat knives will feature my proven kydex, aluminum, and stainless steel tension and locking knife sheaths with all the available accessories I offer. The chef's knives are designed and made with particular attention to the daily duty of the knife in a kitchen environment as the principle factor, and will surpass any knife commonly available in the culinary field today. The tactical conceptual and stylized knives are built to the same standards as my proven tactical designs, knives created with the input of the combat professional and used in the battlefield and rescue duty for decades.
The high quality and attention to detail in these knives are the same as if my hands alone have made them, with my guarantee of satisfaction. As with every knife that leaves the Enchanted Spirits Studio, we stand behind the details of construction, materials, geometry, durability, and service aspect of the knife experience. This has been my business practice for over thirty years, and will continue to be. I am committed to making these very distinctive and necessary fine knives with Rusty, and he is driven to make the best knife in the culinary, tactical, and digitally inspired tactical knife field.
Though the delivery times are an estimate, Rusty will be able to deliver knives in two to four months. The delivery time is certain to increase, as I'm sure these knives will be very popular and sought out.
The price of the Russom-Fisher knife is comparable to a Jay Fisher exclusive knife, since it is the same quality knife that I would make if only my own hands had made it. The main difference in these knives is a delivery time of months, vs. years for a Jay Fisher exclusive knife project made to the same quality and finish.
I received Hortensius, and it is beautiful. The sheath locks in the blade with no movement. And the knife feels seamless and balanced in the hand despite the large blade. I have begun to understand that having a dependable blade is based on so much more than the knife itself. It is clear that the Hortensius is not simply a knife, but a coordinated system made to be dependable.
I am proud to own your work, and that of Mr. Fisher.
Since my exclusive knives have regularly and significantly appreciated over time, I expect that these collaborative knives are destined to do the same. The Russom-Fisher collaborative knives are created in-house, together, and there will be a limited amount of these very special knives in the world. I fully expect that they will be highly sought-after and will appreciate considerably since both our names (and hands) are on them.
I believe that Rusty will be continually creatively pursuing these types of knife, as well as refining chef's, tactical, and digitally inspired knives beyond the current available models. If you have a specific chef's, kitchen, prep, or specialized service knife for the culinary field in mind, or if you have a knife idea from a media entertainment form that you want to have in the real world, contact me and we'll discuss it.
Sure! New ones are coming up all the time. Rusty and I have designed and are creating more new and exiting projects, and will post them soon.
You have read on different areas of the site that I do not teach knife making or the tradecraft of knives. This is true, with few exceptions, and Rusty is one of them. Rusty is a beloved family member, a caring father, an experienced professional chef, and outstanding man. I'm honored that he has taken an interest in the knifemaking field and profession. He has great insights, clever and unique perspective, and serious drive. I am honored that he is creating with me and excited about our collaborative works! Thanks to Rusty for bringing knife making into his life, and thank you for supporting what we love with your ideas, orders, support, and patronage!
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