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Nick Hix (Hix Hacks)


Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Nick from Hix Hacks and talk a little shop.
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Name: Nick Hix
Business Name:  Hix Hacks
Location: Rapid City,  South Dakota 
YouTube: Hix Hacks
Specialties:  I am a full-time bladesmith specializing in Damascus forged steel knives and weapons.  Forged in Fire finalist season 7-27 Ikakalaka.
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
I met a man that made knives from old steel files when I was twelve years old.  I started working on it that evening and have never stopped forging knives since. So, over thirty years now.
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
Being a creator and giving more than I take.  
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
The Coal Iron 16 ton press.  It enables me to easily and quickly manipulate the steel.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
I’ve never been able to narrow down a favorite, but my most recent is a smoking trade hawk with Hickory haft and Black Walnut inlays.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
I have the job I want and will continue as long as I am able.
What BA product is your favorite and why?
The carbide burrs. They work well for me.
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The carbide burrs are good quality.  They last a long time and stay sharp longer.
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA product?
My tip may not be earth shattering, but keeping all my tools, cutters and equipment clean is a top priority for me.  
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
Definitely, Leonardo da Vinci. He used a multitude of mediums and explored so many different arts and sciences.  
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Quality takes time and effort.  Take the time, put in the effort and never stop forging ahead.  
What are your future plans for your shop?
To keep producing the highest quality knives and historical weaponry that I can.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Yes. Thanks for your interest in my craft and stay sharp out there. 


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Nick! Leonardo da Vinci!! What a great answer and man, what a collab it would be!
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