Warrior Family Knife Events Bonding, Precision, Quality, Craftmanship, Mentorship, Communication
Price $150 - $200 Per team / Knife build Class Size: 10 - 20 teams. 2 members per team. Each additional team participant is $25 Max team size is 4 Team build includes: Custom engraving of scales, Assembly of scales on provided blade. (316 SS blades. 80CrV2 will be available shortly) Installation of pins, Refinement of scales, crafting of kydex style sheaths. (teams will pick out material 2 weeks prior to the event, there are too many choices to list) We have four style blade blanks listed below. Most ANY blade design can be supported. Unique blades will require time to cut, prep the blades and have them hardened. Lunch (Pizza) will be provided. Ethos discussions. Teams will discuss the ethos and attributes of historically significant warrior groups. The family will take time to define THEIR warrior ethos. Their warrior ethos will be engraved into the final piece. Teams will also build a piece in support of a fundraising event that will support our wounded warriors and first responders. This is a full day event. 0900am to 3:00pm. Items Provided by the Valhalla's Mission Force Team: Knife Blank, scales (Mahogany), epoxy, sheath material, mounting pins, custom engraving, lunch Price: $150 each Stainless blade or $200 Tomahawk. 80cRv2 Pricing will be available soon. Upgrades: exotic scales, custom mahogany display cases This is a GREAT event for retirement parties or family gatherings. Our team will work closely with you to craft a piece with deep meaning. Teams will sign: Liability waivers and Non Disclosures Custom Mahogany Display cases are available for an additional charge.
Testimonials I am extremely grateful that I was able to be involved in the knife build on 8/22/22. Jimmy and his team always make me feel welcome when I come into the shop, and this day was nothing short of amazing. I got to work alongside his staff and other LEO officers for this special build. The atmosphere was friendly, relaxing, and fun. I enjoyed the few minutes we spent getting to know each other prior to the build. Having non-LEO people at the event was great. I felt like the people appreciated us and got a better understanding of the stress LEO face every day. Going into the event I was extremely anxious about non-LEO being involved. By the end of the event, I had relaxed and had enjoyed myself. I plan on being involved in these events for many years. I highly recommend LEO and first responders taking part in these events. I also took home an awesome custom knife. MPO Scott VBPD “I found the knife building event to be even more positive and therapeutic than I anticipated. Jimmy and his crew made sure we felt welcome and that we mattered. The process allowed letting in positivity and creativity which is always helpful with first responders.”
Mike Chief Wellness Officer VBPD
The knife-build project with Jimmy and his amazing team was one of the best moments in my healing journey. It was about more than building an awesome knife with my friends and fellow first responders. I spent the day with people I had never met before and by the end of the day, not only did I feel I’ve known them for years, but I also was kind of disappointed the day was ending. It doesn’t matter what your story is or the journey you’re on, this experience will be another step in the right direction. It was for me, and I will never forget it or the people like Jimmy that have randomly stepped onto my path.
Mark VBPD Sergeant
Thank you for getting me involved with this knife build. I really wasn’t sure what to expect walking in. The process was very easy from concept and design to the final build. It is amazing what people can do. Everyone at the forge was extremely helpful and took the time to explain the process. If you had an idea Jimmy made it work and he didn’t say it couldn’t happen. The atmosphere was amazing, and it was nice to mentally get away from the day to day bullshit. I was honored to be able to be part of another project that was being built for an officer who had passed away. Part of my build was to incorporate something that meant something to me. I was able to add a small item from Officer Rod Pocceschi into my knife. I was probably the last one he trained before he was killed, and it has had a huge impact on my career. He was one of the best and I try to maintain his work ethic. Jimmy and his staff are top notch. I would highly recommend getting involved with what is going down at Valhalla’s Forge.
TJ VBPD Sergeant
Please accept this as my testimonial from my knife build last week.
Having heard about the knife build that Valhalla Forge was holding, I was a bit skeptical as to how this would really benefit me. I liked the thought behind it but didn't really see the correlation. Well, once I got there and started talking to Jimmy, I could immediately tell this was going to be an experience I would not regret. Jimmy is very passionate about mental wellness with First Responders and the Military, and it quickly became evident this build would benefit each of us there. I was able to meet some very special people, all of whom have had trauma in their lives, and yet are still surviving. This is the point where Jimmy excels, he solidifies the survival mindset, and encourages each of us to accept and recognize that we are not alone in our struggles. I walked out with a beautiful keepsake knife, a new network of support, and not one bit of remaining skepticism. This was by far the best therapy I have been involved with, and that says a lot!!
Thank you, Jimmy, and all your team at Valhalla Forge, for your unconditional support of all the Warriors out here. You made it possible for me to hold my head high again. I will be back and will be bringing more Warriors with me!!
Sgt Rich, Virginia Beach Police Department
This heritage tanto blade knife was built by Jim Ullian on January 9, 2023 at Valhalla’s Forge, VB. Inside one side of the scales that make the handle of the knife is a small cutout where shavings from a beam from the USS Constitution is epoxied into the handle. USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a three-masted wooden-hulled heavy frigate of the United States Navy. She is the world's oldest ship still afloat. She was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. The name "Constitution" was among ten names submitted to President George Washington by Secretary of War Timothy Pickering in March of 1795 for the frigates that were to be constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sister ships were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. She was built at Edmund Hartt's shipyard in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts. Her first duties were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War. Constitution is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five smaller British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and she circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878. Constitution was retired from active service in 1881 and served as a receiving ship until being designated a museum ship in 1907. In 1934, she completed a three-year, 90-port tour of the nation. She sailed under her own power for her 200th birthday in 1997, and again in August 2012 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her victory over Guerriere. Constitution's stated mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy's role in war and peace through educational outreach, historical demonstration, and active participation in public events as part of the Naval History & Heritage Command. As she is a fully commissioned Navy ship, her crew of 75 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs, and special events while keeping her open to visitors year round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty Navy personnel, and the assignment is considered to be special duty. She is usually berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard at one end of Boston's Freedom Trail. (Wikipedia) Now more about the knife itself. The date of the build of the knife is laser etched into the spine of the blade: 09JAN23 Both sides of the blade are laser etched. On the one side is the US Coast Guard Officer’s insignia and the motto of the US Coast Guard – Semper Paratus. Semper Paratus ~ the motto of the USCG means, Always Ready. On 02 September 1969, I enlisted into the USCG and reported to basic training…we called it boot camp back then. I was in recruit company ~Delta 77. Upon graduation from boot camp I reported to the USCGC Unimak, a training ship. I had hopes of becoming a Coast Guard Officer so I dropped into the Reserve Component and pursued my college degree with the hopes of then getting selected for Officer Candidate School. Things happen, so I stayed in the Reserve Component and began a Masters Degree. While in graduate school, having advanced to BM2 I applied for a Direct Commission in the Coast Guard. I was commissioned an Ensign in the USCG Reserve in March 1975 and remained in the USCG Reserve until I retired on 02JUL1998 at the rank of Commander. On the other side of the blade is the Greek word… In English the word would be transliterated as ~ Tetelestai. I will explain the meaning in a moment. On March 9, 2017, my mother Joan Ullian, was admitted to the hospital in St. Petersburg, FL with back pain. The short of the story is that five weeks later on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 my mother passed away with stage 4 lung and bone cancer. Thursday, April 13th, 2017 was the Thursday of Holy Week, what we in the church refer to as Maundy Thursday. It is a time of remembrance of the Last Supper that Jesus had with his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion on Good Friday. Yet, when my mother having suffered for the past five weeks with cancer died and the family that was there left, I posted one word to my Facebook page…Tetelestai. That word is a Good Friday word, services recounting the Seven Last Words of Jesus often refer to that word, but this was Maundy Thursday. The word Tetelestai is one of the last words of Jesus as he hung on the cross dying. Found only in the Gospel of St. John 19: 28 & 30 it reads: “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled,Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” After going back to my father’s house, I felt the spiritual need to be in church on Maundy Thursday. It was only 6 hours or so after my mother had died. I searched the internet for a United Methodist Church that might have a service I could attend. There was one just 2-3 miles away. With my father’s blessing, I left to attend the service. I had never been in this particular church, did not know anyone in the church, did not know that pastor…but I felt the need to be in church. I entered the church and sat towards the rear of the church, not really wanting to talk to anyone, just feeling the need to be there. I sat there with tears in my eyes and my heart broken. The pastor entered, he was a Korean American pastor I had never met. But when he began to preach it was clear why God had lead me to that church that evening. Pastor Bo Sim preached on a single Greek word – Tetelestai. Time and time again he would call out that word, Tetelestai and each time he did a bit of the pain of my mother’s death was lifted from me. Pastor Bo must have said TETELESTAI at least 5 dozen times or more. When I returned to my father’s home, he and I talked. I know he could not understand the significance but to me it was a clear sign that God was present, bringing me peace. This knife is more than a fun day project working side by side with LEO/MIL active and retired and their families, it is a legacy. It is a legacy which I will pass on. When it is my time to utter the word ~ TETELESTAI, this knife will belong to my grandson Nash Levy. I pray that as he looks at the knife, the inscriptions on the blade, he will remember that service to both God and Country have made this country strong and those who take the fight to those who would destroy this country must be SEMPER PARATUS – Always Ready! Thank you to Jimmy Hintzke of Valhalla’s Forge, to James and Adam who assisted those of us who were doing the build and to Scott Schubmehl, VBPD who looped me into the build. Bless all of you! Jim Ullian