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J. D. Smith custom knives?

Postby 4077th » Sun Dec 07, 2003 1:00 am

I recently picked up a serrated JD Smith from the Spyderco Factory Outlet on clearance. Neat knife, sort of the great grandson of the Buck 110. While working some Militec-1 into the pivot, I decided to find out more about the man behind the design.



My web searches for "real" JD Smith customs were futile. The man doesn't even have a website. The American Bladesmith Society has him listed as a member but provides no other info.



All I could really put together so far is that JD Smith either owns or works for a company called HammerSmith Knives. They don't have a website either.



I would think he'd try to cash in on the name recognition of the Spyderco collaboration. Unless he's TRYING to stay out of the limelight. Maybe he's backordered into the next century and doesn't want to answer a bunch of email.



Anybody know?

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Postby toothed » Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:06 pm

Good question, 4077th. I'm a fan of the Spyderco JD Smith also. Awhile back I tried looking for more knives from Smith but all I could find was information that he made swords. I wouldn't mind seeing some archived galleries of his early works. (I'm assuming he's a retired knifemaker by now).

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Postby Bryce c » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:57 pm

J.D. most certainly is not retired. In fact he just put out a new cd for bladesmiths. He's been featured in blade not too long ago, and is still very active. If your interested in some sick damascus blades, and have the money for custom work, you could probably hunt him down through either http://www.swordforum.com or through the Mass Art school where he teaches. He is a boston based maker.

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Postby clovisc » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:51 pm

what a coincidence -- i JUST bought a spyderco smith SE today!

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Terribly underrated

Postby JD Spydo » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:29 pm

I have always thought that the JD Smith deserved a lot more fanfare than that knife got. It is one of my top 10 favorites of all time in the Spyder gallery. I can't understand why that knife never got any further than it did. I gave one to a friend of mine for Christmas and he was/still is elated. He still calls me about twice a week to bragg on that knife. I just wish I could get my PE JD Smith turned into a CE. I hope he does another knife for the Great Spyder Factory. JD Spydo ( no I wasn't named after him) :D

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Postby clovisc » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:37 pm

yea -- it's definitely one sexy looking knife!

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Postby 4077th » Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:20 am

Actually my JD Smith folder was the dullest serrated Spyderco (factory edge) I've ever handled. It is also the hardest to open even after repeated lubrication with all manner of space age lubricants. Some research over at BF.com revealed a number of complaints with the first run. Later runs had a different maker and the problems were supposedly solved. Since I purchased mine on closeout, I assume it is a "second generation" model.

I still like the design as it puts me in mind of the classic Buck 110 and it's wicked pointy. Mine's just not a shining example of what Spyderco is capable of.

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not dead, not retired

Postby jdsmith02115 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:34 pm

Rumors of my retirement have been greatly exagerated,
The last few years have been spent working on a multimedia project on damascus steel. It's done finally. As well, take look at the webpage it will provide more info on the damascus project and you may see images of my work also.
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Damascus Knife by J.D. Smith

Postby sallyayne » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:31 am

I have a Damascus Knife made by J.D. Smith. The handle is wood, but becuase it is made with two pieces, the handle is slightly splitting. Any ideas on who or how to repair this problem. I've enclosed a few photos of it. [ATTACH]21459[/ATTACH][ATTACH]21460[/ATTACH][ATTACH]21461[/ATTACH][ATTACH]21462[/ATTACH]
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Postby The Deacon » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:11 pm

Beautiful knife. You might try contacting J D Smith directly. http://www.americanbladesmith.com/index ... ser_id=265
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