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Tracy Mickley
Midwest Knifemakers Supply, llc

The 6th annual KnifeDogs Hammer-In/Grind-In/Knife Show

Blades/BBQ/Beer and Blues Bash


 When: August - Friday 8/26 thru Sunday 8/28/2016 – The last weekend in August

Where: Mankato, MN  (an hour southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Where: Midwest Knifemakers Supply. Home of &


   Midwest Knifemakers Supply, llc dba

   2650 9th Ave

   Mankato, MN 56001


Cost: $45 registration –

All participants receive 20% discount on in-stock items. 10% discount on machinery or parts.


Paid Instructors: Peter Martin, RB Johnson, Keith Johnson, Jim Poling, Jason Knight sponsored by Big Blue Hammers

Volunteer Instructors: Les Voorhies, Steve Janik, Les George, Tony Metsala, Jim Moenck, Rome Hutchings, David Bruno, Roger Cook, (more to come)

Safety Boss: Steve Janik

Ambassador: Roger Cook



Phone: 507-720-6063

Contact: Customer Service Beth

                                    Detail Updates:

Limit: 100 participants - WE ARE FULL


Knife Show: Open to Public 9am to 6pm Saturday


Meals Included: Friday & Saturday Evening, noon Saturday and Sunday



Friday Shops open noon to around 9 to 10pm.

            Saturday Shops open 8:00 to 7pm (when the band starts)

Saturday BBQ dinner at 5:30 – 6:30 Band & beer from 7 to 9

            Sunday Shops open 8:00 to 2:30pm



3 Hot shops:

  • Basic knifesmithing by Jim Poling.
  • Pattern Damascus by Peter Martin using 20 ton press and the blower forge
  • Big Blue Hammers demo Tent with Jason Knight demo/instruction
  • Several sessions on various “How To’s” will be scheduled closer to the date.


Grinder Shop:

  • 8 belt grinders, 3 disk grinders, 1 horizontal grinder, 6 drill presses
  • Several work benches will be set up.
  • Grinders available to try: Uber, KMG, Burr King, NWG and some other home builts. 


Folders Sessions:

  • Liner Locks by RB Johnson
  • Slipjoints by Keith Johnson
  • Liner Lock Session Q&A hosted by RB Johnson and Les Voorhies


Sheath Sessions:

  • Steve Janik – Kydex ™ sheath
  • Roger Cook – Puko Sheath


Knife Show:

  • Registered Participants get a free table space for the knife show.
  • Open to public 9am to 6pm Saturday. Set up any hours you want including Friday and Sunday. Bring your own table/chair or we can arrange for a local rental for you.


Vendors Attending and/or Selling:

  • Mike Kelly, owner Evenheat Ovens
  • Aldo Bruno, owner New Jersey Steel Baron
  • Big Blue Hammers owner Josh with tentative demo lead Jason Knight
  • Burr King Grinders with a couple grinders
  • Mike Balaskovitz, owner - WoodLab Products
  • Skull Forges
  • Charles Steffes-Clayton, owner - Atlas Forges
  • Keven B, Norplex (Micarta™) rep
  • Indasa Abrasives providing sample abrasives
  • Phoenix Abrasives providing sample abrasives
  • Precision Plus Machining introducing new 1”x42” HD Grinder
  • Raj Singh, owner - Eagle Grips – US distributor for gun grips and Kirinite™
  • David Bruno, owner – IMG Electromark


Friday - Arrive anytime. Shops open at Noon.

  • Instructors travel in and will start when they arrive.
  • Dinner 6pm
  • Evening: Social time or shop time until 9pm. 
  • Knife Show – Optional setup noon to 9pm


Saturday -     Open at 8

  • Kickoff/Safety meeting 8:30
  • Open to Public at 9am to 6pm to observe and shop the knife show
  • Knife Show Opens to public 9am to 9pm
  • BBQ Smoker Contest –
    • $100, $50 and $25 prizes and we all eat the evidence Saturday Night
    • Burgers/dogs/brats at noon
    • BBQ dinner 5:30 to 6:30
    • 7pm to 9pm Live band and a keg of beer.
    • Close sometime between 10 and 11


  • Open at 8
  • Noon Burgers/dogs/brats
  • Shops open at 8:30 to 2:30pm
  • 3pm – travel safely home


Tracks/Session Schedule

  • Liner Lock Design – RB Johnson, Les Voorhies
  • Forging Metallurgy – Aldo Bruno
  • Roger Cook – Puko Sheath
  • Steve Janik – Kydex sheath
  • Buying a CNC and ramping up production – Les George
  • Etching steels and Titanium – David Bruno
  • Pattern Damascus creations – Peter Martin & Tony Metsala
  • Jim Moenck - Forging a traditional blacksmith style knife
  • Rome Hutchings - Forging a set of tongs
  • We are seeking volunteer instructors! If you have a skill, share it! Send us an email.


Awards - Voting by registered participants

  • Best of Show Knife
  • Best New Maker Knife
  • Best Folder
  • Best Fixed Blade
  • Awards sponsored by our good friends at Precision Plus   



  • We will arrange to group rates at several local motels with-in 5 minutes. Details to follow.
  • We have a small grassy area behind the building if someone wants to tent camp.
  • We will have room for 10 camper trailers. Must be reserved in advance, first come, first serve. No water or electric.

 Travel In

  • We are 1 hour, 20 minutes drive from the Minneapolis airport.
  • We are 1 hour, 15 minutes from Mall of America.
  • We are 1 hour southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Near Highway 169 and US 14.
  • We are the center of the universe that weekend.


  • If you play an instrument, bring it. Expect some informal music sessions.


We will be in our new 12,000/sq’ warehouse with 20,000’/sq’ of grassy space out back.

If you have been to one of our Hammer/Grind-In’s in the in the past, thanks for coming and you know how tight space is here. That changes significantly in March when we move into our new 12,000/sq' warehouse. We will have plenty of room to work with this year. Our new location is about two miles/four minutes from our current location. There are several motels less than 5 minutes drive to the warehouse. We will arrange for street parking with the city and our new neighbors so parking won’t be an issue.

My goal is to have an annual world class HammerIn/Grind-In/Knife Show and this event will be a total knife experience. We will be trying some things we've never done before. What doesn't work this year will change next year. I am committed to growing this into an event that gets a lot of people excited. I'd appreciate any comments or feedback....More details and activities to be posted as they develop.

I am seeking volunteer instructors for anything knife related. This can be as much or as little as you want. I'm pretty flexible. Contact me and I'll get you on the "official schedule". I will have a few paid instructors that will work their tails off all weekend but we need some volunteer instructors to hold a class/session/demo/whatever for 30 minutes to an hour or two. If you have a skill, consider sharing it. Someone probably took some time to show you a few things, consider passing some of your knowledge on.

We are adding a knife show. We will have room for 50 tables, probably more but 50 is a number that is easy to commit to right now. There will be no charge for any registered participant that wants to set up. Bring your own table and chair. We will give you a space. If you can't bring a table, we will arrange to have some tables to rent from a local rental place. I don't have any idea what that will cost you. The first table space is free (limited to a typical card table or a 6'x3' folding white table). If you need more than that, call me. I'll spend some funds on advertising locally but honestly we will do this first one on a budget and depend on the internet and word of mouth. If you set up a table to sell supplies for this weekend, I am completely fine with that. Do not bring anything other than knife related items. It's not going to be a flea market. Tail gates sales are not a problem but parking will be in the street.

We have to know how many are coming for planning purposes so registration is required. Don’t get left out because you put registration off. Limited to 100 participants. Registration will be cut off in mid August so we can finalize food details.

Knife show how tables can be set up anytime you want all weekend. We will advertise the Open to the Public knife show hours as 9am to 6pm Saturday. You can set up for the knife show any hours that you decide. Cost for the event will be $45 to participate. If you just want to set up for the knife show, cost is still $45 to help cover the meals and other related expenses.  

 Sessions/Track Schedule

In the past, it's been very unstructured with no schedules or times. This year we will put together a specific schedule for Session/Track/Demo times in different aspects of knife making so you can plan your days activites. Jump around the sessions or just hang out, forge or make a knife, do what you want. Most important, get hands on and make something…

Let’s have some fun.



Tracy Mickley


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