By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

I was thinking back to my days in Hawaii and recalled that I always had a pocket knife with me from the age of four, when my grandfather gave me one for Christmas. I promptly cut my finger with it a few days later while folding it…Ouch!

Growing up on a coffee farm, blades were a part of my daily life. Pruning coffee branches required the use of a Japanese sickle. Cutting down trees was a job for an axe or a saw. Toppling banana trunks required the use of a machete. And of course I’d use the pocket knife that I carried either in my pocket or in a case on my belt to take care of peeling fruit, opening cans and bottles, boring holes in things and functioning as a screwdriver in addition to other ways nobody ever thought a pocketknife should be used for. It was an essential tool that I took everywhere.

Things changed when I came to Japan and learned that most people don’t carry knives around. Still, I learned that there was a pretty decent office alternative in the ubiquitous box cutters found in most worker’s desks.






English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers