Former chef turned bladesmith forges knives, teaches others
THONOTOSASSA, Fla. - Jordan Cox, also known as "Jordy the Knife Maker," is a bladesmith located in Thonotosassa.
"My knives are functional artwork. They are one of one, handmade pieces that no one else will own, but you," said Cox.
Cox was a chef until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.
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"As a chef, I was always a knife-nerd. I liked to take care of my tools," he recalled.
During the pandemic, when the entire hospitality industry was put on hold, a family member paid for Cox to take a blacksmithing class. He hit it off with the instructor and did an apprenticeship.
"That’s how all this came about," said Cox.
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He offers multiple classes in blacksmithing and knife forging.
"The class is intense; it exposes you a little bit. So, it’s a really good bonding experience," he said.
Cox offers classes seven days a week. For more information and to see his available inventory of knives, visit jordancoxknives.com.