When I first started researching swords on the net with the intention of someday buying a nice one, Rob Miller's name surfaced on the forums. When I looked into him and found his website, I was blown away by his skill and versatility, and the story of how he got into swordsmithing was interesting and inspirational. He is also very approachable as an artist and I feel the price he asks for his works strike a good balance between value and premium. So there was never any doubt in my mind that Rob was "my guy" for the project I had in mind, which should be complete later on this year. I also like his music, he is the lead singer for Amebix ( www.amebix.net/ ).
This year, his 25th as a craftsman, has been a very good year indeed for him, as piece after excellent piece has emerged from his workshop, each one seemingly "better than the last".
He deserves recognition as a modern master of the highest order, and if you haven't seen his other works on his website and Facebook I encourage those interested in any aspect of swordcraft to see them as well.
Similar recognition should be given to Mick Maxen, for his very fine pattern welding skills.