Interview: Elliot Trent – Knifemaker


Elliot is a Furnishings maker who has turned his technical abilities to knife making (we’ll have one among Elliots knives reviewed very quickly) I met him on a Saturday morning at his workshop for an important little go to and to see the place he spends his time making instruments and furnishings.

Please inform us a bit of about your self and the way you’d describe who you might be.

Ever since I used to be younger all I’ve needed to do it make issues, this began initially as a washing basket of cereal bins my mum would save and my brother and I might make every kind of issues from them. All I actually keep in mind is a giant roll of that beige masking tape and a myriad of unusual made up creations that we’d fake have been computer systems and devices (this was the 90’s, devices have been all the fashion).

I then spent the vast majority of my teenage years round computer systems, we have been a part of a bit of group of additional nerdy PC players who would construct our personal computer systems (comparatively unprecedented on the time for anybody beneath 40) and try and make our personal video games. This ultimately lead me to filmmaking and onto movie college to check cinematography, I graduated again in 2010 and spent Four or 5 years capturing commercials, music movies and quick movies. That is the place issues began to essentially change for me, I obtained actually worn down by the movie business – it’s very lengthy hours and your creativity is surprisingly restricted – even when you may have management of the digicam and lights.

Round 2012 I started to make some primary furnishings, kitchen stools from 2×4’s for my associates and some tables right here and there. As I began to get extra into woodworking it actually took a maintain, I began refining my processes, working in hardwoods and creating issues far more formidable than I’d ever made. I took affect from designers like Hans Wegner and Jens Risom, the clear strains with a deal with utility actually resonated with me.

Round 2015 I ended taking work as a cinematographer, and since then I’ve been making a dwelling making furnishings.

Elliot Trent – Chair

Your background is furnishings making and also you’ve taken a few of your time to make knives, what prompted that transfer?

My curiosity in toolmaking and instruments, usually, was sparked from the utilization of fantastic instruments in my furnishings work from makers like Lie Nielsen. These instruments are reproductions of early 20th Century instruments constructed to exacting fashionable requirements – helmed by a person who is really keen about toolmaking. This lead me to need to make my very own instruments, what higher than the unique instrument there may be – the knife. I make a selected distinction to name my knives instruments – we reside in a world the place a knife is taken into account a weapon. Knives are helpful for every one among us, whether or not it’s dressing an animal or slicing open Amazon packages.

Trent Discipline knife with Kydex sheath

In the event you might spend a day with anybody (alive or lifeless) who wouldn’t it be and why?

I went to a chat as soon as with the place a cameraman referred to as Doug Allen was talking, he’s an expedition cameraman and had shot everywhere in the world, I believe he would have a number of good tales to inform over a day.

In the case of knife making what’s been the toughest a part of gaining expertise?

It’s arduous to say however I assume the toughest a part of gaining expertise in something is the hours it’s a must to decide to doing so. I work lengthy days on the furnishings then put in entire nights on the knives simply to get my abilities advancing. It’s beginning to repay now which is sweet, however there have been a lot of scrapped knives!

I get the impression that you simply’re pretty outdoorsy, what’s your favorite pastime and why?

Presently in my life, my favorite pastime must be fishing, extra particularly river fishing. I like the variation in strategies you need to use to catch a variety of species right here in England. Whether or not its fly fishing, bait fishing or lure fishing we have now such a wealthy vary of species to catch. I like the stalking facet of fishing, roving round a wild river to search out the place the fish are feeding and managing to catch one out.

What’s your favorite manner of stress-free?

For the time being I believe it’s most likely fishing.

You’ve got a twin brother and share the workshop with him, does being round one another assist together with your creativity?

It positively can do, as a bagmaker, he has an perception on issues that I may not discover. I mainly hand him a knife blind and ask him do you see something improper with this? It’s a reasonably helpful QC scenario.

The place did the inspiration to your knife come from?

The principle inspiration for this knife is from my furnishings making, I made it to fall into the ideas I admire in that discipline. So clear strains with in the end a practical function. My important focus for me is that my knives are instruments, they’re constructed for use – I think about all of my knives to be ‘consumer knives’.

Elliot Trent – Desk

What’s the most important journey that you simply’ve had?

I’ve performed some cycle touring across the south previously, that most likely is the most important I’ve had up to now! I’ve plans to do extra sooner or later however my focus is especially on making in the intervening time – in order that occupies all of my headspace.

The place’s your favorite place on the planet to go to and why?

I’ve been to Lake Como earlier than in Italy after I was youthful, I might actually love to return and discover the mountains there when I’ve the time.

What do you suppose could be a extremely attention-grabbing query to be requested?

Do you suppose machines will ultimately change makers?

What’s the reply to the earlier query?

Nicely, it’s arduous to say, there shall be many processes that may develop into automated – it’s the best way issues are going. However I don’t suppose you’ll ever have the ability to change the fantastic strokes you get on a hand-crafted product. I see making by hand as a clean canvas the place making by machine is extra of a jigsaw puzzle. All I do know is that if the world ended, makers could be simply as vital as medical doctors and nurses.

What’s the finest recommendation you’ve been given?

Simply get on and make them.

Trent knife with G10 deal with

Have you ever obtained plans to develop your knife providing?

Positively, coming from the customized furnishings market I’m all the time open to making an attempt new issues.

What’s your most embarrassing second and may you inform us about it?

It is a tough query to reply, however I assume one involves thoughts. I used to be putting in some furnishings in a clients home and needed to reduce out a piece of a window sill. Little did I do know that there was a waterpipe embedded into the underside of it, doh! As you possibly can guess this result in a plumber being referred to as.

Who’re your heroes and why?

Hans Wegner and Jens Risom in furnishings making as I’ve been massively influenced by their strategy and designs. Tim Hetherington was an enormous hero of mine, he was a warfare/battle photographer who was sadly killed in Libya in the course of the rebellion. His work was actually influential on the world and he is a large inspiration to me for methods to conduct myself on the planet.

Do you suppose that coming from a furnishings making background it’s helped you together with your knife making?

Positively, the fantastic consideration to element mixed with the actually designed type of a knife has been an important match for me. A stable information of supplies additionally has been very useful and transferable throughout.

I like the truth that you’re making knives with a convex edge versus the extra frequent scandi or secondary edges on a number of bushcraft knives, what lead you to make this selection?

I believe the scandi convex actually is an excellent grind in the precise thickness inventory. For woodwork is sort of a mini axe however stays shallow sufficient on 3mm inventory to be a pointy knife. It additionally provides a load of energy behind the sting so you may have a much more sturdy edge than a straight scandi. I grind them flat first after which add the convex, this provides you the proper geometry the correct quantity of inventory behind the bevel.

Trent Half Tang knife

Why ought to folks purchase a knife off of you?

I consider my knives are very pretty priced for one thing that’s made solely on my own fully in home. My knives are assured for all times and I extensively take a look at each one that leaves the workshop with my particular stress testing strategies. I additionally use a rockwell tester and an electrical kiln to verify my processes are fully ultimate. My knives are made to be heirlooms, to final you a lifetime and be a knife you need to use each day.

Have you ever any plans to design/make different tools/instruments?

I’d wish to someday take a look at making my very own chisels, for now, I’ll follow the knives!

What’s your favorite knife, apart from your personal one.

I’ve a factor for the Phil Wilson and Invoice Moran Spyderco collaborations, someday I’d wish to personal a Phil Wilson!

What’s your finest recommendation for budding knife makers?

It’s quite simple, you simply have to make them! Folks get paralysed by pondering they don’t have all the precise gear, however you actually could make beautiful knives with very primitive instruments and a yard warmth treating setup.

There’s no level dwelling by the ocean when you’re not going to have enjoyable!

Thanks to your time Elliot and good luck with the knife making, we’re trying ahead to seeing extra of your work.

To contact Elliot or have a more in-depth take a look at his knives his web site is right here – Trent Knife and Device


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