Updated: Apr 10
Hi all. I'm Joshua Garland and I have the ̶d̶̶̶u̶̶̶l̶̶̶l̶̶̶,̶ ̶ m̶e̶d̶i̶o̶c̶r̶e̶, amazing privilege of being Alex's "little" brother (I'm taller). If you stumbled upon this site because you clicked on a link from Alex's YouTube channel, then you know that my brother is a YouTube star (at least that's what he thinks). It can be tough sometimes to bear the weight of being the younger or "lesser" (as he still reminds me) brother. I've spent the vast majority of my life working out in the gym every day that I might become stronger in body than him and perhaps prove my worth as the "wee one." Yet to this day, I suspect that Alex, who doesn't work out, is still stronger.
But I digress. I did not start this blog to burden you with my younger-brother woes. I started this blog to help educate, entertain, and inspire aspiring at-home knife makers and those who simply have an interest in knives.
First, however, a small disclosure. Brace yourself: At the time of this writing (March 2020) I don't own a knife. Well, that might not be entirely true. I probably have a pocket knife somewhere (who doesn't?). But I’ve never been the guy obsessing over 67 knives of all shapes and sizes and each with a special case or sheath. That’s Alex. He eats, breaths, and sleeps with the things. So why am I, a dude with no blade, starting this blade parade? I'll tell you why: Alex just isn’t into writing.
He is an extremely hard worker, steady and unwavering. He has a contagious passion for his work, as you can see from his 130+ knife-related YouTube videos. But he's just not much of a writer. He prefers to work in the shop and edit videos and then scour the internet for the latest and greatest knife info…only to lock it away in his memory for later. For nearly a year, Alex and I have talked about how to open that memory drawer in his brain and spread its contents to other knife enthusiasts.
Fate finally intervened. I’d been managing a Crossfit gym (I wasn't kidding about the working out bit) while helping Alex in my spare time with the business side of things at knifepointgear.com. But “spare time” was rare…until a certain virus closed gyms around the country and left me with time for following Alex around all day and blogging about it.
In the coming weeks I’ll delve deep into the mind of brother and share with you some of his knife-forging secrets, some sharpening hacks, and a host of other useful info. Rest assured, it won’t always be my words (or humor) you'll have to suffer through. I'll convince Alex to write some of these posts too. We admit to being amateurs; we don't claim to know it all, but we hope that as we document our experiments and share our experiences, we will all continue to learn about blades…and life…and sibling rivalry (just kidding about that last part!).
The big question remains - what would YOU like to see in this blog? Comment away!