What information in your shop is proprietary? If you put much time into a method that sets your work far apart from others, do you share it? I know on this site there is MUCHO free information. But at what point do you keep something private that you have spent great personal cost to develop. Some of the knives I see on this forum seem to be a cut above the norm. And by looking at them I think there are some amazing techniques that, while I would never ask, had quite a development process. We would most likely call that "craftsmanship" but it goes deeper than that. There is an inventiveness that goes along with any high degree of craftsmanship. When I worked in product development we had to sign non disclosure agreements for EVERYTHING...from products them selves to mechanisms, materials used in a new way, fabrication processes, etc. They would not even tell me the flagship product they were developing until I signed on....:what!: I think some of the ingenious guys here must sit on some techniques? It's one thing to share good solid info in general....but what about the stuff that gives your product its personality? The guilds of old Europe kept a lid on the local knowledge...and we all know about how tightly held the recipe for Damascus steel was in good old Syria.... I'm thinking that as a guy's skill level gets into Artiste territory he most likely has a few trade secrets?