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Dear Valued Customers, Helvie Knives will be shut down for a short period of time to do some much needed annual maintenance and to celebrate our anniversary with a vacation. We will start this maintenance and short vacation on June 27th, 2015 and reopening for normal business operations on July 14th, 2015. During this time frame no knives will be made or shipped. However, we will be keeping an eye on e-mail and will correspond this way. Please keep in mind that if you place an order or orders close to this time frame they may or may not ship out before the "shut down" as it can take several days to manufacture our hand made knives. Feel free to call us at 765-675-8811 or e-mail us at zen@tiptontel.com if you have any questions or concerns about any of this. Thank you for your loyalty to Helvie Knives, Rich & Holli Smithson


  A fundraiser for JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation)/T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) is a "ONE OF A KIND" woodcarving knife collection!  This collection of knives will be at the Eastern Woodland Carvers July Show in Converse, IN in July of 2015(If you are not attending the show but would like to participate, please contact us at 765-675-8811 or zen@tiptontel.com).  You do not need to be present to winRaffle tickets are $1/each or 7 tickets for $5.  The collection will consist of 21 total knives from the Don Mertz Signature Series line and a hand carved piece from Don Mertz himself.

If you are interested in making a donation straight to JDRF they are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  They can be reached at their website http://jdrf.org/  They have many events that they do every year to raise awareness and funds for further research in hopes of one day finding a cure.

As some of you may know our daughter, Skylar, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2 years, in May of 2011.  She, along with thousands of other children and adults, have to learn to live with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) and the complications that it causes on a daily basis.

Thank you to everyone for your support and kind generosity!

Rich & Holli Smithson/Helvie Knives

National Diabetes Awareness month is November.

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Hello Carvers!

            Helvie Knives proudly presents......The 3rd Annual Basswood Knife Carving Competition! 

Some changes have been made in the rules governing the carved knife handles that will be suitable and acceptable for judging.  After the first two years of this contest it has been learned how to refine the rules to make all entries compete on a level playing field.

Carving must be done within the confines of the basic dimensions of the basswood handle with no add on of additional wood or material. Examples being; cutting some of the knife handle off and gluing it back on to get a different plane, no blade covers to make the handle longer, and the blade shall not be altered.

There will be 3 classes to choose from: Please be honest with your carving experience.

  • Beginners Class for carvers that have been carving for one year or less.
  • Intermediate Class for carvers that have been carving for one to three years.
  • Open Class for anyone regardless of experience or number of years carving.

            Helvie Knives will supply the basswood knives to be carved for all entries.  There will be a $5 entry fee.  The cost helps pay for shipping and materials.  If you want the knife returned to you after the competition there will be an additional $5 fee to cover shipping and handling fees back to you.  If you do not want your carving back, we will add it to our office display and our web gallery. 

            The handles are about 6" in length with a girth (circumference) of about 1 3/16" - 1 1/2".  All basswood knives distributed to the participants will have a "dummy" blade on them and will not be sharp.  Any theme can be carved into the handle.  All participants will need to have their entry returned to Helvie Knives by October 16, 2015All entries will be taken to the Renegade Roundup in Tennessee to be judged by renowned CCA member Steve Brown.  Participants do not need to be in attendance to win.

            Awards will be given to the winners and the runner ups of all three classes.  If you are interested in participating, please contact us via phone at 765-675-8811, via e-mail at zen@tiptontel.com, or via mail at Helvie Knives   PO Box 145    Tipton, IN 46072. 

            Thank you for your participation!  And good luck to all!

Rich and Holli Smithson

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