My name is László Német, owner of Shaman workshop, and maker of Shaman knives. I have been studying, planning, and making knives for more than twenty years. I have red everything in this topic what I found in the hungarian and foreign specialist literature, in the internet, on different forums, and knife blogs. I asked many people about knives: makers, collectors, users in order to know, how does it look, what have to know a good working knife? And then, naturally I tried to use the collected information in practice, with making new, and new knives.
In the previous twenty years I have collected the fundamental knowledge, which I could work with, but the learning process will hold through my whole life. I discovered quickly, that the best forms have been used for more centuries, without any changing, and these pieces are often very simple, or at least looks very simple, and perhaps, because of this, these are totally functional.
These ancient knife types, the finnish puukko, leuku, the american french trade knife, or the traditional japanese knives have been used as basis, for creating of my own models, which are naturally going through continuous improvement. My main profile is the working knife. I make camp knives, which are very useful for building a camping site in the forest. Bushcraft knives for practicing the bushcraft activities, which are good for wood carving, fire making, food making in nomadic circumstances. I am really interested in EDC (every day carry) knives, which can be carried always, because of their little size, but almost every cutting task can be solved with them. Further more, I make hunting knives, and it is my firm intention to create reliable tools for soldiers. Always there are new challenges, new things to learn, since the knife, as topic, is inexhaustible.
The motivation for me in knife making is to create well serviceable tools for those, who likes to continue outdoor, linked to nature, practical activities. The connection with Nature is very important for me. My conviction, that we have to turn to Nature with big respect, we have to spend enough time outside, naturally with endeavour for harmony. Just be in the nature, and do not harm anything! Trips, bushcraft, campings are very useful occupations for us, because human have done these for thousands of years, and these activities give possibility to practice the ancient life method for people, who otherwise live in urban conditions. A good knife will be our utility tool on the way, helps making shelter, fire, when the time of relax comes.
Shaman knives are being made with turning methods, from high quality tool steels, as Rigor, and Sleipner cold working steels, and the Böhler manufactured N690 stainless tool steel. My blades are robust, 5-6 mm thick, and generally are being made with sable grind, which contains a flat primary edge, and the convex cutting edge. The edge of the northern style knives is a bit different, because these have a scandinavian type grind with a narrow convex edge. I call it scandivex edge. I polish every single blade by hand, because this work can give that surface quality, which I can be satisfied with. Handles made of different woods, for example wenge, bubinga, walnut, and I often use industrial plastic materials, micartas, G10, or FR4. I make a durable leather sheath for every knife. I can not declare, that these are the most beautiful sheaths , which can be made, but these are functionally all right, and you can go to the nature immediately with the purchased Shaman knife, since I make them to help their owners in forest camps, trips, expeditions, hunting tours.
Use my knives with satisfaction!
Laci Német „Shaman”