John Neeman Tools: The Birth of a Tool by Craftmanship

Published on December 30, 2012

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John Neeman will show us today the last  video of short his documentary about  The Birth of a Tool of John Neeman Tools”. This is the 3rd part of our documentary series uncovering the process of making Scandinavian Damascus steel or pattern welded knife.  When working with your hands becomes visual poem.

Testing the hand forged 300 layer pattern welded Damascus steel quality by the sound brightness for upcoming kitchen and chefs knives.

In these movies you will see the complete story of how each tool is hand crafted from raw materials. From the tool’s birth, amidst the sparkle and fire of the forge, through to the finished product.

“We work as a close team. When the blacksmith finishes his labour the carpenter starts his. It is like a conversation between craftsmen who know each other well. For a perfect fit each handle is made individually and is therefore unique. It is like a footstep in sand. Each man’s footstep is unique so the sand forms to match to each footstep. Our tools are the same with the variation in chisel socket or axe eye, making it completely unique and personal.



This is the second part of a short documentary movie that shows the whole process of Chisel. More information



This is the first part of a short documentary movie that shows the whole process of Axe. More information

Test of the American Felling Axe


About John Neeman Tools

They are a small crew of craftsmen from Latvia who use their heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools and knives. their process, their method and mission keep these traditions and crafts alive and well. In this high-tech age, their own traditional craftsmanship is flourishing.

Their company was founded and all the tools designed by Jacob, a carpenter, with a love for traditional woodworking together with his close friend – a local village bladesmith, that has deep knowledge in historical blades and techniques.

“We use our hands to produce tools that will live on, telling their story in the hands of the craftsmen after us. Each tool we make is born with energy and personality – a love and care that will be felt daily by each craftsman; a resonance from the heart of the tool.

Towering factories and belching chimneys are not our game. All of our tools are made in our small traditional workshops, using equally traditional methods and techniques. Our focus is on uniqueness and quality, not quantity. We want to help people to remember how to use their hands, to relate their own human energy to their tools – to achieve the true joy of creating something from humble beginnings, as we did.

Our traditions of blacksmithing and woodworking walk step by step together. We are uniting our history, traditions and craftsmanship in one ancient craft – tool making”

When someone asks them  – “Why? Why are you making hand tools in this high-tech age?” – They usually answer them with a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi:

“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God.” Mahathma Ghandi

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At the end of year 2012 John Neeman’s bladesmith workshop is proceeding to next phase.

Autine by John Neeman

AUTINE is a project established by world renowned blacksmith John Neeman, who has specialized in exclusive, high quality knife and tool fabrication. The company has been named in honour the region of the Autine castle of the 12th century, the historic lands where the company was founded. Through continuing century-old crafting traditions and combining them with modern, Northern European design, we create items, which contain ancient crafting wisdom, handmade from the best material that the 21st century can offer.

John’s way to success started with his interest of metal working technologies and knowledge about work methods of ancient bladesmiths acquired from many experts. After obtaining special education in Latvia and engineering studies in Danmark, John Neeman returned to his homeland to start a bladesmith workshop named after him together with some like-minded friends.

John Neeman Tools  and  AUTAINE 

More pictures on their Flickr


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