Crooked Path Forge: Where Even the Path to the Anvil is Crooked!
Ahoy, metal-bending enthusiasts! Welcome to Crooked Path Forge, where the only thing straighter than the blades are the jokes! Located in the sun-soaked lands of Gainesville, Florida, this forge is run by Jordan Borstelmann, a man who once was a “wastrel and beach bum” but decided to turn his life around. How?
By hitting hot metal, of course! Because nothing says “I’m adulting” like forging your own knife.
The Man, The Myth, The Blacksmith
Jordan’s journey from beach bum to blacksmith is like a Disney movie, but with more fire and fewer talking animals. He’s been “seriously smithing” since 2010, and let’s just say, he’s pretty darn good at it. He even had a buddy named Danny Lore who asked if he’d ever made a knife.
Jordan said, “Nope, but come over and we’ll make one!” And just like that, they both became the best knife-makers in town. It’s like a buddy comedy, but with more sparks flying!
Blades So Good, They Come with a Lifetime Guarantee (Jordan’s Lifetime, That Is)
Jordan doesn’t just make blades; he makes them with love, sweat, and probably a few choice words when he hits his thumb. He stress-tests his blades to destruction once a year, just for kicks. And get this, he backs up all his work with a lifetime guarantee. But wait, there’s a catch—it’s his lifetime, not yours! So, if you’re planning to outlive him, you might want to reconsider.
Workshops: Because Sharing is Caring
Jordan is not just a hoarder of skills; he’s a sharer! He offers workshops where you can learn to play with hot steel, whether you’re into knife-making, architectural elements, or crafting sculptures. It’s like arts and crafts but with more potential for third-degree burns!
So, if you’re in Gainesville and want to do something more productive than getting a tan, head over to Crooked Path Forge. You’ll leave with a blade, some new skills, and probably a few good stories!
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