Today is the birthday of Rob Simonich, a friend who died in a car accident last year. He was a good man, and a talented craftsman. October 3, 1958 - November 28, 2003. I didn't know Rob well, but I'm close with many who felt his death more acutely. Fellow custom knifemaker Jerry Hossom wrote this eloquent eulogy for Rob, just thought I'd share it.
"How many men when they die can truthfully say, 'I lived as I wished. I loved. I fought and bear scars as witness. I touched many lives and made them better. I printed my name on steel of my making, weapons for battles yet fought. And though my body rests in the soil of my ancestors, warmed by the love of those I left behind, my spirit lives on. We will meet again.' Rob Simonich lived a life all can admire, and few can emulate."