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List of Blade Smiths and Manufacturers


  • DB Fraley

    My name is Derek Fraley I live in Dixon California with my wife and three children. I work full time as a high voltage cable splicer. I have been making knives part time since 1990 and a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild since 2002.I enjoy making useful, dependable and sometimes fancy folding and fixed blade knives. My steels of choice are cpms30v and ats-34 heat- treated by Paul Bos I also use commercial Damascus on occasion. I’ve worked with most types of handle materials and find mammoth ivory to be the most beautiful and g-10 to be the most durable. I also enjoy working with titanium from the subdued look of a blast finish to the array of colors from anodizing or a little heat from a torch.All my fixed blades come with a hand made leather sheath and folders come with a suede pouch. Although I cannot guarantee natural handle materials against shrinkage, cracking or checking I can guarantee workmanship.I would like to thank my family friends and customers who have helped make the craft of knife making fun and successful for me.

  • Des Rosiers

    Knives from ABS Bladesmiths Adam & Haley DesRosiers. All of the knives you see here are hand forged by them in Excursion Inlet Alaska.

  • Robert Kaufman

    Robert Kaufmann has been a full time knife maker since 1994. He works with traditional knife making materials but includes; silver, gold and gems in his work on occasion. His knives are sometimes thought to have a fantasy element but this would not be a correct assessment of his work.His knives are more correctly described as deconstructed forms of the traditional knife conceived and executed in a new light. His creative approach to making one of the human race's more ancient tools secured his place as a finalist for this challenge. Born on December 31, 1970 in South Germany 1990 Finished apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic.

  • Oleksander Orebchuk Bogdanovich

    As a Kuban Black Sea Cossack, I strive to share my passion for my culture and customs with the world. I was born into an old Cossack family and raised following very strict Cossack customs and traditions. I developed an interest in edged weapons at an early age. Later on, as an advanced collector of antique arms and armor, I frequently traveled around the world in search of old edged weapons and armor. In 2006, while doing some research on the subject of edged weapons in Northern India, I had the honor and privilege of meeting a great man and master blacksmith, Mr. Gopilal Bhanwarlal Lohar, the royal armorer in the court of the king of Mewar in Rajasthan, India. His family has traditionally maintained this position for the last 275 years, since 18th Century King Bhim Singh to the current King Arvind Singh. Mr. Lohar introduced me to some of his edged weapon making techniques, particularly the use of a variety of metals and materials. I was stunned and impressed and at that time decided to change my course and start making knives. I requested that he grant me an apprenticeship and he agreed. For the next 3 years, I stood in his shop for approximately 3 months a year eagerly learning all he was teaching me on knife making. My knives are a manifestation of my personality and spirit, using antique steel in combination with modern high tech materials and designs. I try to produce a very unique product with three things in mind: personal enjoyment, customer satisfaction, and creation of an ultimate tool. I hope you enjoy your knife and much as I enjoyed making it. Our pledge at Kazak Knives LLC is to establish a lasting relationship with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining trust through exceptional products. Cossack Code …All peoples are equal; there are no peoples big and small. Never regard the son of the other nation above you or less intelligent than you. Be equally kind and open with everybody… Remember that they judge your people from what you are! Every word you say is the word of your people. Remember, your soul belongs to God alone and may no human Evils invade it not…Oleksander Orebchuk-Bogdanovich

  • Bill Saindon
  • Mikkel Willumsen

    My name is Mikkel Willumsen. I´ve been a custom knife maker for the past 10 years located in an old factory in the heart of Copenhagen in Denmark. I graduated in 2000 as teacher in metal and woodwork, and decided after my graduation that knife making should be my future. I already got the interest for knives as a child and collected many different kinds of knives back then.I am specialized in folder knives, fixed blades and balisongs. Further to these items I make kitchen knives. Wich was used by the chef´s on danish national tv, TV2 "Good morning Denmark" for several years. I am primarily influenced by design, that is function and quality based, therefore I use the best materials for my knives. The style is tactical and I use the name Urban Tactical for my work. I get my inspiration from classical designs mixed with modern tactics. To give you an idea. One of my customers told me recently that my knives looks like a Hummer and is build like a tank.

  • Steve Rapp

    Hello, Internet, I'm Steven Rapp. I've been a custom art-knife maker for almost 30 years now, and a full- time knife maker for the last 16 years. Welcome to my blog! Here, you can view any of my current knives that I am constructing or selling, or just view any of my art. I started making knives just so I could make a Christmas present for my father-in-law. After that I was hooked on making knives. I've been a member of the prestigious Art Knife Invitational since 2005 and I've been a member of the Knifemaker's Guild almost since I started making knives.

  • Anders Högström

    Nordic/Japanese with a twist of medieval describes my style the best, simplistic with clean lines. I like to think I'm making something that is pleasing to look at, as well as comfortable to use with great attention to detail, fit and finish. The design aspect is very important to me so I make a detailed sketch of almost every knife and then try to follow that as closely as possible when creating the piece. I believe in doing as much as possible by hand and in letting a task take as long as it needs until I'm satisfied with the outcome.I have a background in fine cabinet making, so perhaps my attention to detail stems from there. What I like about knife making is that you can incorporate so many different materials into one piece. Steel for the blade, different metals for the fittings and an array of choices for the handle material; wood, ivory, coral, amber etc. and last but not least - leather, wood or why not ivory for the sheath. In furniture making you ususally only work with wood-different kinds, but still just wood! I make mostly daggers, fighters and short knives but also a few swords and folders-all of my own design. I don't like to make the same knife twice-so I can make a variation of the same theme if requested, still making each knife unique and one of a kind. I'm drawn to larger knives with blades 30cm / 12" or longer and I have a new found pleasure in making big and hefty bowies!I also like working with other makers, combining our art. Previously, I have collaborated with Kaj Embretsen, Roger Bergh, Conny Persson and Johan Gustafsson and I have an ongoing effort with Don Hanson III. Don and I collaborate on about one piece a year. Don designs and forges the blade, without any input from me - I'm left totally in the dark. When I recieve the finished blade the challenge is mine to create a handle and fittings that goes with the blade, stylistically. Working this way pushes my creativity to new heights and new solutions, ideas and techniques are often "born" then.

  • Rob Hudson

    RH Knives are presentation hunting knives ranging from a 7" bird and trout knife, being the smallest, to 8", 9" and 10" trailing points, clip blades, drop points and straight blades. Occasionally, a 10" or 11" sub hilt or a 13" bowie is made. Every knife comes with a custom fit sheath..Each knife starts with a blade cut from CPM 154 bar stock. Stainless Damascus is also used. The blades are hollow ground, hardened and tempered to Rockwell 59-60. Heat treating is done in an electronic furnace which accurately controls the temperature. Proper heat treating is the single most important step in the entire process of making a knife. The steel is the heart of any knife and proper heat treating is it's soul.After heat treating and final grinding are complete, the next step is to fit the stainless guard on those that have a guard. The ricasso area of the tang has a full radius on each side which greatly increases strength and prevents a stress riser. Each guard must have the slot hand filed to fit the radius and make a tight fit. the length of the tang is notched to help hold epoxy, making it more secure. The pommel end of the tang has a threaded section which threads into the pommel. Four small holes are drilled around the threaded pommel hole and into the handle material to form pins when the epoxy hardens. The entire handle, guard and pommel are glued together using two ton waterproof epoxy as well as being threaded and pinned. All of the many steps involved are performed by hand, by me personally without jigs and fixtures, lathes, milling machines or surface grinders. It is in every sense a handmade knife. Each knife I make is with the intention of being my own. I won't take shortcuts to hurry the job.Only the best natural materials I can find are used. Handle materials include various hardwoods, buffalo, elk, stag, ivory and gold. Some handle material is dependent upon availability. Engraving and scrimshaw embellishes some of the knives and others are enhanced by file work on the spines, guards or pommels.Each knife has been made with much attention given to details of workmanship, balance and visual appeal. I feel the end result is a quality, durable and attractive knife, which, with proper care, will last a lifetime and can be handed down through generations. Although there are similarities, each knife is one of a kind.My knife styles and designs are greatly influenced by my outdoor activities of hunting, fishing and archery. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania in a family where hunting and fishing were second nature, afforded me plenty of reason to carry and use a knife. When going into the woods for sporting reasons or just for a hike, I always carried my sheath knife.I have owned various knives over the years and often thought of the features that are important to me in a good hunting knife. Only at the custom level have I been able to realize many of those ideas. It was just a matter of time until I decided to try making my own knife.I made myself a knife, never expecting to become a custom maker. However, someone wanted to buy the knife. I made the second knife, and again someone wanted to purchase it. Many knives later I am still enthused about putting my God given ability to work and to create a knife, along with preserving some of the old world craftsmanship.Thank you for your interest in my knives.--Rob Hudson

  • Michael Anderson

    Michael Andersson is a hunter, a motorcycle enthusiast and a knifemaker. He lives in Sweden, in the far northern reaches of the country known as “the Land of the Midnight Sun”. He finds the whole process of knife making, from forging the blade to making the handle and then to the sheath, very inspiring.His property lies approximately 185 miles from the Swedish Mountains, an area that is a popular hunting ground. It was during his own forays into the wilderness, bird hunting with English setters and pointers, that his appreciation for an excellent knife developed. So, for Mikke, knives have always been an important tool for his life.Mikke not only makes typical Scandinavian knives, but also a wide range of different styles. His knives are designed to be used, though certainly many of his knives are treasured in some of the world's best knife collections. His handles use primarily natural materials, and he enjoys forging different patterns of damascus steel for use in his blades. Michael is well known for creating knives, damascus blades, and watches.To anyone interested in making knives, he says: "Listen, brothers and sisters out there. Keep up the good work, let the steel glow, and keep your hands busy. In a world made out of plastic and ruled by computers, we are indeed needed!"

  • Bill Buchner

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  • Lloyd McConnell

    Loyd was raised in Odessa, Texas, and lived there for 62 years. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1966. After graduating, he spent the majority of his time working as a public accountant, while also working for oil-related businesses as both owner and director. Loyd's love for knife making began in 1976 on a 6x48 Sears Grinder he borrowed from his dad. This hobby continued with him during his years working as a public accountant, until the hobby turned into a full-time passion in 1989. Today, Loyd calls Marble Falls, Texas, his home. He is a voting member of the Knifemaker's Guild, and his work is present in collections worldwide. His accolades include: He is the bespoken knifemaker for Holland & Holland, a rifle manufacturer to the British Crown. They commission him to design knives exclusive to their company. His work is displayed at The Orvis Company and Beretta Galleries, located both in Dallas, Texas and New York. He was selected to design and craft the Knife of the Year for Sporting Classics magazine. Loyd prefers natural handle materials, specifically, fossil ivories. He frequently collaborates with renowned scrimshaw artist Linda Stone and carver Dennis Holland on unique, one-of-a-kind designs. He can also be found attending most of the larger knife and hunting shows, including the Lone Star Knife Expo, Safari Club International, and The Dallas Safari Club Show annually, where he always looks forward to meeting other people who share his passion for knives.

  • André Andersson

    As you probably already know my name is André Andersson and I´m a custom knifemaker from the north of Sweden, a small country at the northern edges of Europe with about 9.3 million inhabitants. I was born on a cold December day 1980 and have since then lived my life in and around the town Umeå, placed between the primary rocks of the Baltic shield and the coast of the Baltic Sea.My career as a knifemaker started in 1999 after a weekend course with the smith Roger Bergh; where I participated together with my father. There were no plans for me to attend that course, but my father who wanted to try blacksmithing for the first time, convinced me to come. I had never held a smiths hammer before and my experience with knives was only one I made many years before in school. I also had a small collection of cheep knives bought during vacations in Europe, but nothing in my wildest imagination could have prepared me to what Roger Bergh showed me that weekend.Slowly me and my father built up a small workshop with some of the necessary equipments. At the same time we struggled to learn the nature of pattern welding and the basics of making knives. I have always been interested in drawing and quickly understood the possibilities of expressing myself in the knife. I´m that kind of person who needs to find inspiration in the challenge and also need constant change to keep finding what I do interesting.Every knife I make is one of a kind and I dislike doing a knife similar to one I already finished. My best work is always the work I do from scratch, where I can have full artistic freedom. I strive to always evolve my skills and design, but not to perfection. Doing a perfect knife is not my goal when I don´t think there is a thing like a perfect knife. I always want to have something to express; an expression that fits where I´m standing at that exact moment. If I move I need to make another expression because life changes around me. A wise man search for answers; a fool is he who thinks he found them all.I work in very exclusive materials such as pattern welded steel, fossils, gold, silver and exotic wood. When I make a knife I don't want the materials to represent the knife, making the knife valuable only because of the materials. No, I want the material to complete the knife and letting the shape and design define it.My influences are many, both from the knife-world and from other genres. My friend and mentor Roger Berghs knives have always inspired me in the past, shaping me to who I am today as a knifemaker. The designs of the great Russian masters within the handicraft is my biggest inspiration today along with what you see in the Science fiction and Fantasy movies.My designs are unique and I dare say that what you see on these pages can only be acquired from me.Yours truly, André Andersson

  • Bertie Rietveld
  • Richard Wright

    My Family is from a small town in Southern Rhode Island, where I was born and grew up, I have lived here all of my life except for the four years that I spent in the Air Force. I spent my youth hunting shooting and working around my family's business which included an Automobile Dealership and two working farms. Some of my earliest playthings came from an abandoned Blacksmith shop which belonged to my Grandfather. I didn't really learn how to forge until much later in life, but the experience instilled in me an interest in learning the metal working trades. I have been making folding knives since 1991, at which time I created my first automatic. The folders I make are all one of a kind, but I do occasionally duplicate a style using designs that range from large folding fighters to small gents pocket knives. The mechanism in my knives is an ambidextrous bolster release. The materials include a variety of steels by such makers as Jerry Rados, Daryl Meier, Robert Eggerling and George Werth, however I do use other maker's steels when I find something that looks interesting,and I know that the quality of the steel will be reliable. I prefer to use natural materials such as Fossil Ivory, both Mammoth and Walrus, plus a variety of Pearl for scales or handles. I must admit that my knife making style has been heavily influenced by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams, both of whom originally started me making folding knives. Most of my life has been spent working as a machinist, toolmaker, welder and gunsmith. I became a fulltime knife maker in June of 2001 and I have most recently been awarded the BLADE Magazine award for best fantasy knife at the 2002 BLADE SHOW

  • Rick Eaton

    I started scrimshawing in 1979. I made some buckskinner knives in 1982, and started engraving in 1983. I started making handmade knives in 1984, after learning from my father. In 1993 I went full time into knifemaking & engraving, quitting my job as an operating engineer. I have been a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild since 1997.Although I make all kinds of knives, I prefer one-of-a-kind art pieces. My specialties are art folders and art daggers. With folders, I offer several models with a step-down on the handle front, which gives the illusion of being a fixed blade. The locking-liner and sidelock knives are one-hand opening, using the back edge on the blade which is hidden when the knife is open, giving it a more pleasing appearance. On sidelock folders, each side is milled out of one piece, making a very strong knife.Steel: I use 440C (Rockwell 58-59), 154CM and ATS-34 (Rockwell 61-63) and Damascus in my knives.Grind & Finish: I offer mirror or satin finishes in hollow- or flat-ground blades.Fittings: 416 & 410 stainless steel are my standard materials for fittings. I also offer nickel silver, blued steel, sterling silver and gold.Handles: I offer exotic woods, abalone, pearl, ivory, horn, stag, coral and stone.Sheaths: Folders come with a fitted leather pouch. Working knives are supplied with a handmade leather sheath. Fixed blade art knives are supplied with a zipper case. I also offer metal tipped and all metal sheaths at an extra cost.Engraving: My knives feature very fine hand-engraving in a variety of styles in microscopic detail. Prices quoted are on an individual basis.Custom Work: I welcome the opportunity to aid you or design for you a special knife that will have more meaning to you personally. Priced are individually quoted.Terms: I require a 10% deposit on all knives ordered. My delivery times vary depending on the size of the job. I will give you an approximate delivery date at the time of deposit. Full payment is due on completion.My Guarantee: My guarantee covers workmanship and materials. This assumes the knife is used properly as a cutting tool. Obvious abuse will void the guarantee. This guarantee excludes natural materials, as many of these can check or develop cracks with age. If you are not completely satisfied with your knife, return it within 10 days for a full refund.Through my life and work, I find inspiration in the Bible. Click here to read some of the Bible verses that mean a lot to me.

  • Brous Blades
  • Bruce Bump
  • Ron Newton

    Ron Newton has been making knives since the early 1980's and is a Mastersmith and member of the American Bladesmith Society, Arkansas Knifemakers Association, and the Custom Knife Collectors Association. His work has won numerous awards and been featured worldwide in knife publications and magazines. He is the only A.B.S. Mastersmith to be the recipient of the "Grand Slam" of awards which includes the George Peck award for best new Journeyman Smith, the B.R.Hughes award for best new Mastersmith, antique bowie award for Journeyman Smith numerous times, antique bowie award for Mastersmith numerous times, and the W.F. Moran award for knife of the year. Ron offers a broad range of knives for collectors and sportsmen from user grade knives to higher end art pieces. His work includes folders of the multiblade slipjoint, lockback, liner locking, and assisted opening folder mechanisms. His forged fixed blade knives include hunters, boot knives, fighters, bowies, antique reproductions and swords. He produces many of the Loveless style knives as well. On a more unique spectrum he offers black powder gun knife combinations in both folders and fixed blades. Ron uses high carbon steels, Damascus steels with unlimited patterns and stainless tool steels. Ron's work is sole authorship, from making the Damascus steel to the gold inlay and engraving. Ron is one of the instructors for the Bill Moran School of bladesmithing and enjoys sharing his skills of knife making and engraving. He is called upon to teach across the nation at A.B.S. schools, colleges, hammer-ins and private classes in his shop. Ron resides in London, Arkansas with his wife Angie. Your shop visit is always welcome if he's not away at a knife show or teaching a class.

  • Shaun Sharla Hansen

    From concept to completion their knives are imagined, drawn, cut, forged, hammered, engraved, inlaid and polished by Shaun and Sharla Hansen. All their knives are 100% sole authorship

  • Curt Erickson

    I have been crafting hand made knives since 1983 when I had the great opportunity to work with legendary knifemaker Buster Warenski. Buster, who was a good friend of my father, had graciously agreed to teach me the finest points of knifemaking. The experience of working with Buster and spending time in his shop over the years turned out to have a tremendous influence on my life and my work, which is still evident today.I started out making knives part time, which later lead to some full time work. During this period I won several awards for my work and became one of the youngest voting members of the Knifemakers Guild. I have always enjoyed knifemaking because it has allowed me to express myself artistically and maintain the love for crafting with my hands. I make all type of knives using the very best materials possible and I constantly strive for perfection with every knife I make. My passion, however, is the art knife - especially daggers.The winter of 2005 quickly brought me back to my knifemaking roots when I was asked to give back my teachings to Julie Warenski, who needed help with her own knifemaking career - learning how to grind and finish knife blades. Julie wanted to learn Buster's techniques so I was honored and grateful to give something I had been given so many years ago back to her. Today we are working together as a new husband and wife team continuing the great tradition of making some of the finest knives possible.

  • Steve Ryan

    Custom maker Steve Ryan sold his first knife in 1985 and after a rave review in American Handgunner Magazine, his career was launched. Steve's radical designs are built to be mission specific and operate without fail. Every possible usage scenario seems to drive the designs. Not only to be tough, sharp, comfortable in hand but also used and abused without fail. If you are looking for a custom made tool that fits a specific need, Steve Ryan just might have what you're looking for.

  • Larry Fuegen
  • Wade Colter

    Wade Colter earned his Master Smith stamp in the American Bladesmith Society in 1999.

  • Wally Hayes
  • Buster Warenski

    Warenski began making knives as a hobby in 1966 after seeing a picture of a knife made by Gil Hibben.Warenski made his first knife from a file and took it to show Hibben; after seeing Hibben's finished knives, he toured Hibben's shop and learned some basic techniques from him. In June 1972 he was hired by Harvey Draper to grind blades and assist him at Draper Knives, but the operation went bankrupt by December of the same year.Warenski became a full-time knifemaker in 1975. He was a president of the Knifemakers' Guild for 2 terms and a Blade Magazine member of the Cutlery Hall of Fame.Warenski made knives of all types prior to 1975, specifically hunting knives and skinners, but became famous for his "Art Knives" which he made exclusively after 1975; particularly what became known as his "Legacy Knives". Warenski built a recreation of the gold dagger found in King Tut's tomb. Making the knife took five years and it contained 32 ounces of gold including a blade cast from gold and specially heat treated. This knife was a stand-alone project, but became the first of his "Legacy Knives". He followed this knife with a knife he called "The Gem of the Orient", which incorporated 153 emeralds totalling 10 karats and 9 diamonds with a total weight of 5 karats. These gems were set to accent the gold filigree which overlaid the jade handle. It took Warenski 10 years to make this knife and it was sold for $2.1 million (US). The third knife in this series was named "Fire and Ice"; this knife contained 28 ounces of 18K gold, 22 rubies totaling 4.25 karats and 75 diamonds totaling 7 karats. The handle for this knife was constructed of quartz, accented with red enamel. A fourth knife was planned, but not finished.With the exception of any damascus steel used in the knives, which Warenski ordered as a blank from an ABS Mastersmith and ground himself, all of his knives were sole-authorship, meaning he made and finished every part of the knife including making sheaths and engraving. After 1986, his wife, Julie Warenski, aided him with the engraving and gold embellishments.Warenski died in 2005

  • Allen Elishewitz

    I was born in Texas where I have lived most of my life, but I also lived in Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. I have been interested in knives ever since I was very young. I have been practicing different martial arts over the past 30 years like Okinawan Te, Thai Boxing, Northern Shaolin and Kali. These trainings, along with my experiences as a Recon Marine, gave me the perfect background to design both defense and utility knives.During the time I spent at 4th Recon C Company, I was a Team Leader in charge of a Deep Recon Platoon. I am trained in Artillery Call for Fire, Naval Call for Fire, SOTG, Amphibious Recon and many in-company trainings.I have a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in Fine Arts. I started making knives part time while I was in College and decided to become a full-time knifemaker after graduating.I have been making knives since 1988, constantly researching, refining and developing this craft.I am a member of the American Knifemakers Guild since 1994. At that time I was the youngest Guild Member. I am currently serving as a Director on the Board of the Guild.My work has been awarded several prizes:"Best Utility knife" at the 1992 Lone Star Knife Show in Dallas "Beretta award" at the 1995 Guild Show Fighting Knife Magazine's "Knifemaker of the Year" award in 1996 "Best High-tech Knife" award at the 2001 SICAC in Paris, France From an early age I was exposed and trained in various forms of art. Some of these art forms are: acid etching, printing, drawing, painting, architectural drafting, guilloche work and enameling. In 1985 I won the First Place at the Asian Art Fair in Singapore with a five-color printing. I was the first knifemaker to introduce the lost art of guilloche to the cutlery world.After 4 years of research and study, in 2002 I began making watches. I make everything on my watches except the movement, crystal and hands. My goal is to eventually modify movements and construct my own hands.

  • Sal Manaro

    I have been working with metal my entire adult life and would say that my knifemaking is a translation of skills developed over the last 20 years. This does not mean that I consider myself a veteran knifemaker by any means. I can tell you that I consider this craft one of the most satisfying ones I know. I hope you enjoy what you see, and I look forward to showing you more in the not so distant future.

  • Dellana

    I have been interested in knives since childhood. One of my first knife memories is of a miniature pearl-handled dagger that I kept under my pillow to fend off the monsters under my bed.I always worked and created with my hands in some form of craft or other. I sewed my own clothes as a teenager as well as drew, painted and embroidered. I have always loved creating things. However, I also love animals and that led to my degree in Animal Science and then on to training Arabian horses for a while after college.Fortunately, that did not remain my chosen career. I enrolled in a Jewelry/Metals program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The moment I put my hands on the metal, I knew that this was what I was meant to do. I studied Jewelry-making for some time, finally opening my own successful goldsmithing business. I operated this one-woman business for 13 years before discovering knife making. I won numerous awards for my jewelry including Fourth Prize in the International Pearl Design Competition in Tokyo, Japan in 1990. While I loved the high karat golds and other precious metals as well as the gemstones, I had no idea there was something missing until I discovered Damascus steel!I had seen photographs of Damascus steel in some ancient swords but it was not until I met Mastersmith James Schmidt and saw his knives that the magic of this steel really took a hold over me. I was enthralled! The combination of his designs and gorgeous Damascus steel fascinated me. Mechanisms had also always intrigued me. In jewelry, I would create unique hinges and catches to satisfy this part of my creativity. I had made an unsatisfactory attempt to create a folding knife early in my goldsmithing career, but working with no proper tools or guidance other than a craft book had left me dissatisfied with my efforts. After seeing Jim Schmidt´s knives, I knew I had to make knives of Damascus steel. And I had to forge the steel myself!Fortunately for me, Jim Schmidt was a very generous man and he kindly allowed me into his shop where he taught me the secrets of forging Damascus steel and the intricacies of creating folder mechanisms with few power tools. While I had an extensive background in metalworking techniques, this was new to me. I loved it! The act of actually forging my own Damascus steel for knife blades added a satisfaction to my art that I had not known before. I could still incorporate the aspects of jewelry that I loved in combination with the physical involvement of forging. I knew then and there that I wanted to be a bladesmith and make knives!In 1995 I was awarded the first BLADE Magazine scholarship to attend the American Bladesmithing Society´s Bladesmithing School for a two week intensive program. This was great fun and hard work. I enjoyed myself immensely. Within the year, I had gone full time into knifemaking.My knives are made of the finest materials I can obtain. I use high karat golds, platinum, sterling and pure silver and the best quality gemstones. I use presentation grade mother of pearl of various colors, as well as fossil walrus and mammoth ivories for handle material. I do all my work myself including filework, engraving, stone setting, etc.I forge my Damascus steel using an old power hammer and a gas forge. I do ladder patterns and twists and rosebud, as well as some unique designs. My favorite blade steel design is a composite Damascus done in what is called a ´ladder´ pattern, tool steel and selective etching patterns. Technically, it is difficult to do well and I find that very satisfying.I am a Voting Member of The Knifemakers´Guild as well as a member of The American Bladesmith Society and the Art Knife Invitational group.In June of 1999 I was voted into the ART KNIFE INVITATIONAL. This is a small, prestigious group of 25 knifemakers. A new member may be voted in only when one of the existing members drops out. There is a show held once every 2 years where only 175 collectors are invited to purchase knives. Collectors may attend by invitation only. The knifemakers must have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 knives representing their best work for sale at the show.My knives and I have been featured numerous times in various publications. These include: Knives Illustrated, BLADE Magazine, Knives Annuals (including the cover of Knives ´ 98), Waffen Magazine (a German gun and knife magazine), Japanese KNIFE magazine, and La Passion des Couteaux (a French knife magazine).I am absolutely committed to creating the most beautiful, well-crafted art knives that I am able. I firmly believe in sole authorship. This means that all work including designing, forging of Damascus steel, engraving, fabricating of precious metals, stone setting, etc. is done only by myself to the absolute best of my ability. This is the criteria for signing my name to any piece of artwork that I produce.

  • Don Hanson

    I started making knives as a hobby back in the 1980s. One of the first knives I made was a fighter with desert ironwood handle. Among some of the first knives were filet knives, kitchen knives like paring, butcher,and slicing knives. One of those knives started out as a bait cutting knife to use when we were in the commercial deep sea fishing business in Florida. It is now being used in my kitchen to cut up vegetables. In 1990, we moved from our native Florida to Southern Missouri.During this time, I began making knives full time. These knives were mainly hunting style knives along with a few custom bowies. In the beginning my tang stamp was my initials DH, but in 1996 I changed it to a sunfish stamp designed by my wife.In 1994, I began making slip joint folding knives in the old traditional patterns. This is where the classic traditional sunfish pattern comes in. The sunfish was one of the first knife patterns I made. At the knife shows, I became known as 'The Sunfish Man'. From that name came my forge name and later, my website name of "Sunfish Forge".With each order for a folder I began to evolve into more of my own designs, moving into making more art knives, automatics, and solid 18K Gold knives.Around 2003, I started making forged bowies and fixed blades again with both traditional damascus blades and also carbon steel blades with vivid hamons-temper lines.I began making my own damascus in 1994; starting out with trips to the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN. With help from my Memphis friends, I was able to make my first damascus. In 1999, I built my current shop.It has enough room in the back for 2 Little Giant powerhammers - a 25 lb. and a 100 lb.; a forging area with 2 gas forges and a 24 ton press. With this equipment I am able to forge traditional damascus along with mosaic damascus for all of my knives.

  • George Dailey

    George Dailey started making straight knives and leather sheaths in the early eighties, and switched to making strictly folding knives in the early nineties. Drawing on his trade as an accomplished jeweler, George began making custom art knives in fighter and dagger designs incorporating precious metals like gold, and various gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. His one of a kind creations quickly caught on, and his knives became very highly valued by collectors. To go along with his unique designs, he chooses only the finest natural materials for his handles like gold, black, and white mother of pearl, fossil ivories of Walrus and Mastodon, and Abalone. He hollow grinds damascus from top forgers like Gary House and Daryl Meier, and does a lot of carving, filework, and some engraving on his knives. Top engravers like Ray Cover Jr. and Julie Warenski have also graced his knives with their own classic art. He has made some automatics, but his real love is the elegant interframe and bolstered linerlock gentlemans folders that he is so well known for. George\\\'s work is featured in David Darom\\\'s first book on folders, which showcases knives from many of the top makers working today.

  • Jerry Rados

    Jerry Rados has been making knives since 1980 and Damascus steel and knives since 1984. I have been making Damascus commercially and for myself since 1984 (I have worked steel all my life). I believe in sole authorship in my knives and I do as much as possible by hand by myself. The only commercial pieces in my knives are 3 to 4 dowel pins, (folding knives) everything else is made by me. My straight hunters and fighters are generally random pattern Damascus and are fully hand forged by me.

  • Jim Burke

    Since 2005 Burke Knives has been bringing customers high quality edged tools. During this time they have made cutlery for Soldiers and high end collectors alike.

  • Jim Minnick
  • Josh Smith

    My name is Josh Smith and I am a 30 year old Master Smith in the American Bladesmith Society. One of the things I’m most proud of is my ability create many different types of knives with so many different looks. I enjoy making hand forged bowie knives, liner lock folding knives, slip joint folders, hunting knives, fighters, push daggers, swords, and daggers. Each of my blades are heat treated to the highest quality. I enjoy using fossil mammoth ivory, fossil walrus ivory, exotic woods, and precious metals. As you will see I also pride myself on forging outstanding mosaic Damascus. I also host the Big Sky Country Knife Conference and Show. It has grown to become one of the best annual events in the custom knife world. I also exhibit at the Boston Art Knife Classic and ABS Expo. The best way to purchase one of my knives is by signing up on my email list. You will be contacted first when I have a new knife available. I also send updates about shows I will be attending and new happenings in my business.

  • Ken Onion
  • Van Barnett
  • Pat Crawford

    Pat Crawford, who operates Crawford Knives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with his son Wes, is a mellow and soft-spoken custom knifemaker. But there is nothing mellow about his custom Triumph™ Folder which Pat calls, "a fast cutting machine for professionals."He says, "I was impressed by the strength and slashing ability of a reverse-curve Tanto blade, so that was where I started designing the Triumph. It has a different look, not as art, but as an entirely functional shape."

  • D Noel Smith
  • Mick Strider

    Mick Strider’s early years were unremarkable except for his unyielding desire to excel at whatever he was doing. This drive ultimately led him to enlist in the US Army, and attain the high distinction of becoming a member of one of its Ranger Battalions. His military career was cut short due to injury. After the disappointment of his unexpected discharge from the Army, he drifted a bit in life for awhile. However, in 1988, he began making specialized knives for use by the military. This turned out to be fortunate turn of events, both for Mick and for the knife using world at large.Mick’s approach was to not get burdened by the weight of past designs. He started with a tabula rasa, a clean slate, informed only by his own experiences and knowledge of what a soldier needed in a knife. The knives he made didn’t look like the hunter-inspired knives seen in most PXs; instead they were almost brutish in their functionality: beefy, solid, and with unbreakable ¼” stock full tangs. These knives were the first indication of his innovative approach: in addition to their utilitarian design, the knives carried a subdued finish and subdued sheaths. No one carrying a Strider knife was going to be spotted because of sunlight glinting off of polished steel or a glossy leather sheath. Soldiers, policemen, and other men going into harm’s way couldn’t buy them fast enough. Mick sampled some good ideas, but made them great. For instance, he was not the first to wrap a knife handle with paracord, but he was the first to do it in a way that was tough enough for sustained infantry use.

  • Tim Galyean

    My name is Tim Galyean. I am 24 yrs old, and I live in Newberg, Oregon. I have been making custom knives since early 2004. I have been in the knife industry since 2001 when I was hired on at Kershaw Knives. Before 2001 I did not even know what a liner lock was, but had always had a love for knives. I walked in Kershaw’s door looking for a job while I was attending college. I started as a Machinist and found my way into the Research and Development Department, where I now work on the development of new products.In 2001 I met Mr. Ken Onion, sparking my interest in custom knives. I had always been somewhat artistic but never found an outlet that satisfied my artistic side. Ken urged me to begin making custom knives, telling me that I had all the skills to become a great knifemaker. Much of my influence comes from Ken’s designs, and I continue to evolve into my own style. In September of 2003 I visited Ken’s shop for a week to learn how to make custom knives. I knew how to make a knife using CNC equipment and such, but I wanted to learn how to make a truly hand made knife. While I was there I came up with a simple fixed blade skinner design and he walked me through the construction.When I returned from Ken’s I started getting serious about knifemaking and began acquiring the equipment that I needed to make knives on my own. I went to my first knife show in 2004 at the Oregon Knife Collector’s show in Eugene Oregon. I was so nervous when it came time to put my knives on the table, I felt like I was standing there naked for everyone to see. The show went well none the less, and I sold all of my knives.I learn something every time I step up to the sander and I strive to make that “Perfect knife”. In the next few years I will be primarily focusing on the tactical folder arena, but as time permits I am going to try to broaden my skills with different construction techniques.

  • Harvey Dean

    Harvey Dean strives to use the best quality materials in every knife he makes. He begins by hand-forging the blade in your choice of high carbon steel or his own Damascus. The knife is then completed with the customer's choice of handle material, fittings, and optional embellishments. Harvey prefers to use natural materials for handles, such as hardwoods, antler, pearl, and fossil ivory, but is open to the use of other types of handle materials at the request of the client. Nickel or sterling silver, iron, brass, bronze, or Damascus may be chosen for fittings. The customer may choose to enrich the knife by allowing Harvey to utilize file-work, engraving, carvings or other types of embellishments. A quality handcrafted sheath is provided with each knife.Harvey's goal is to make a knife both he and his customer can be proud of. The different styles of Harvey Dean's knives range from basic utility knives to hunters, camp knives, fighters, Bowies, and folders. Harvey enjoys the challenge of variety and creativity as he produces other types of weaponry such as swords, battle axes, and creative pieces of an unknown or forgotten era.Harvey has been handcrafting knives since 1981 and began hand-forging blades in 1986. As a member of the American Bladesmith Society he received his Mastersmith rating in 1992. In the summer of 2004, Harvey was selected to serve on the American Bladesmith Society Board. In 2007 Harvey was honored to be selected as one of twenty-five knifemakers to exhibit at the Art Knife Invitational. He has served as vice-president of the Texas Knifemakers and Collectors Association since its inception.

  • Zaza Revishvili
  • Warren Osborne

    From early childhood, knives or anything with a blade, were of great interest to me. Consequently, knives of all shapes and sizes were made from crosscut saws, chainsaw bars, galvanized steel stays from telephone poles and any other piece of steel found laying around. Bladed weapons were a family thing, so between three brothers an myself, we had quite a collection. Later on during my work as a ranch hand in Australia and as a horse trainer in the U.S., sharpening and making knives was a spare-time thing. At this point my knives were made exclusively, using a file and an electric drill. Time was cheap and so were the files. After a year of full-time knifemaking, I finally joined the Guild as a probationary member in 1985. Becoming a full time maker was a big transition requiring more production and yet higher standards and quality. Quality has always been the motivation for me, bringing tight tolerances and fine hand finishes into one complete package. Back then it was 600 grit satin finish. Right now I am achieving between 2,000 and 3,000 grit hand rubbed finishes. I hand worked my knives then and still do Specializing in pocket knives set me on a course to interframes, so about 5 years ago, I purchased a machine to cut pockets, etc., and since have concentrated on this style of knife.

  • Butch Vallotton

    Like many hobbies this one got out of hand and I was soon spending more time at it than I should. Needing money to replenish my materials and primitive equipment I began selling knives. I met some people along the way that suggested that if my knives were prettier and more professional they might bring a little more that just material replacement.Always being a gadget freak I was always experimenting with actions and other unusual stuff even my first fixed blade knives had hollow handles accessed by a pivoting pommel. The Automatic actions came easy and I educated my self as to what was already being done. It was a natural step to modify them or adapt my customers desires to them, many of the actions were simply a customer saying I want the button here, they didn't care if it wasn't possible. My background is as diverse as can be with a natural mechanical ability and great interest in most things mechanical I am having fun.I have been a full time knifemaker sense 1984. I started making Auto's in 1987 and it became the major part of my business. Encouraged by the late Larry Hogan I began making simple double notch folders and some Italian style folders, the Italian pick-locks soon became my most sought after knives. My friend Chuck Karwan suggested that I make a form of Chute knife which were very large single action folders in heavy stock. This progressed to a series of knives we called the SOF series starting 1992 we introduced the first 30 knives at the Soldier Of Fortune show in Las Vegas and sold out. The next eight years we produced 50 regular, 10 officers and 5 generals a new desigh every year and had a repeat customer list.I made one of the first, if not, the first custom draw-bar OTF knives in 1993 called the Viper and many of these are still around. In 1987 I came up with a action I called the Drop Bar action that assisted the blade in opening and it was written up in fighting knives in 1992. I was asked by Bill Harsey to help with a project for Col. Rex Applegate and he and I came up with the Applegate-Fairbane folder that Gerber Legendary Blades has been producing sense 1996. I did not start making knives until my late 30's and did not know that the custom industry even existed until a year or so after I started making my own knives. At first I was only interested in high quality blade materials and there edge holding ability, Holt Heat Treating was close and had what was considered the best steels around then for sale with other knife making materials in a small shop.I have been making a sliding blade knife I call the Two Step which works well as a boot, neck, and horizontal belt knife.

  • Todd Fischer

    Todd Fischer, I live on a small ranch in central Florida. I have a career in project management with a major utility in Florida. However, my background in metal fabrication goes back more than 4 decades, when I learned basic blacksmithing as well as several other disciplines, such as welding and machine work at the age of 14. I have also worked and made a living as a full time blacksmith in the past.

  • Deryk Munroe

    Deryk mainly concentrates on presentation grade "concept folders" although he also makes utility grade knives of all kinds. According to Deryk, "I enjoy working with the intricate mechanisms and tight tolerance that a folder presents."His new designs continue to turn heads and should gain popularity in the next year as more people learn about his work. We love his knives and hope you will also."To me, knifemaking is neither a hobby nor a source of income. It is a way of life, and a way for me to measure myself as a craftsman, an artist, and as a human being."

  • Darrel Ralph
  • Michel Blum
  • Don Vogt

    “When knives express an idea beyond their utilitarian purpose, they enter the realm of art"I have always found my passion through creating different things. When I saw handmade knives for the first time, I saw a limitless avenue for creation. I started my first knife in 1991 and completed only 6 knives by 1995, each knife very different in style and process. It gave me a wide view of knife-making, and provided the basics and the desire to expand on my designs. In 1996, I purchased a belt grinder and started making knives to sell. All were very similar in style and function, not very exciting. It re-enforced my thoughts that it is much more fulfilling to create something different each time, than to replicate a single style. That is when I decided to create one-of-a-kind art knives. It’s a continuous learning experience with limitless boundaries.I specialize in folders and automatics, and will make fixed blade knives through orders. I use the very best materials in my designs, and embellish the knives with gold, jewels, and inlays. I fully carve each knife from front to back using graver chisels and a chase hammer. I do my own heat-treating, and design each knife for reliability and function.

  • David Broadwell

    David Broadwell has been an artist all of his life. As a child in school he enjoyed all of the art classes he could take, and when he entered middle and high school took both wood shop and mechanical drawing classes. Like many boys he was interested in cars, airplanes and ships, and spent a lot of time drawing them, probably at the expense of his other subjects! And still to this day he considers himself an artist, and expresses his creativity in his knives, pens, and other functional art.Broadwell’s interest in knives goes back to the time when he was a little boy. There are still fond memories of dressing up in his father’s blue plaid bathrobe, taking up his cardboard shield with the Broadwell coat of arms, and strapping on his father’s Masonic dress sword. There were dragons and dark hearted knights to slay! For several years this interest in edged arms and tools simmered under the surface until in his mid twenties he felt the urge to create a knife. In 1981 Broadwell took a broken file and made his first knife. With its completion Broadwell knew this was what he wanted to do for a living, and he worked toward that end. In 1989 Broadwell left his job as a machinist and became a full time knifemaker.


    Microtech Knives, Inc. is a knife manufacturing company, famous for its automatic knives, that was founded in Vero Beach, Florida in 1994 and operated there until relocating to Bradford, Pennsylvania in 2005 and to Fletcher, North Carolina in 2009. In 2007 the company began manufacturing an American made version of the Steyr AUG under the subsidiary name of Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR).The company has long promoted itself as stressing quality with regard to tight machining tolerances, to within one thousandth of an inch (0.001"). Microtech has designed knives for use by the US Military such as the HALO, UDT, Socom and Currahee models. Custom knifemakers, such as Greg Lightfoot have remarked that these tolerances are what makes the factory knives so close to the custom design: "It has the same quality as a handmade custom."Although Microtech has produced many styles of blades such as kitchen knives, fishing knives, arrow heads, and balisong knives; Microtech is most famous for its tactical automatic knives.[7] The most popular designs among collectors are the "Out The Front" (OTF) and the "Double Action" (D/A) automatics. Microtech along with Benchmade Knives was responsible for the resurgence in the popularity of tactical automatic knives in the 1990s.[8] These knives were seen more as a precision made tool utilizing powerful springs and high grade bushings as opposed to a cheap import.

  • Kaj Embretsen

    I have been a full time knife maker since 1983.I make folders, daggers, fighters and hunting knives. I make my own damascus steel.FamilyI am married to Monica, and we have two children, Sandra and Per, and three grand children, Isabelle, Sebastian and Melinda. Monica is working as a personel manager, but have a great hobby in the Havanese dog,ShowsI attended my first show in the USA in 1988 and I attend several of the big shows every year. When I´m in America, I usually visits the following shows:The East Coast Custom Knife Show, New York The Solvang Custom Knife Show in Solvang California The Art Knife Invitational Show in San Diego I also attend the Italian Guild show in Milan.My awardsDuring my years as a knifemaker I am grateful for having recieved some awards:Beretta award for outstanding achievements at NYCKS 1988. Judges award at ECCKS in l993. Best folder (award from Barrett-Smythe LTD) at the Guild show 1994. The "Knife of the Year" award at Elverum, Norway l995. Best Damascus Folder at ECCKS 1995 Best Knife Collaboration at ECCKS 1995 Best Damascus Design at Blade Show 1996 1:st Price at Elverum Norway 1996 Best Damascus Folder at SICAC Paris 1997 Best Damascus Folder at Esposizione Internationale del Coltello in Milan 1997 Best Knife of the show at Solvang Custom Knife Show 2001 The first chair in the Swedish Knife Association' s "Hall of fame" 2010 ArticlesI have had several articles presenting my work, and I´ve listed some examples below:La Passion des Coteaux no 4 1990 Passion for Knives no3 1991 Knives Illustrated oct 1995 Blade Magazine jan 1997 Deutsche Jagd Zeitung no 7 1995 Waffen Magazine no 6 1991 The Sony Catalouge Japan automne 1996 Japanese Knife feb 1995 ASE-lehti no 2 1994 Deusches Waffen- Journal no 12 1998

  • Paul Jarvis

    Paul Jarvis was born in 1962 and resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Making knives since he was thirteen years old, he sold his first knife at the age of fifteen. His unique talents arise from an inner passion to create beautiful objects and he has chosen knives and jewelry to do this.Paul started his apprenticeship as a mechanic during his second year at high school working for a company that manufactured laboratory equipment and dealt with material failure analysis. There he was involved in designing and making one-of-a-kind jigs and fixtures, using accurate machining tools and a variety of materials.Twenty years later he began working for a company that sold industrial supplies, running their machine shop and, again, doing mostly one-of-a-kind highly specialized creative jobs.Never having worked under any mentor, Paul is completely self-taught, influenced mainly by 18th-century Japanese metal artists as well as 17th- and 18th-century European craftsmen. His art also shows the influence of ancient Greek and classical Roman designs. His specialty is high relief carving, sculpting and background texturing using only hammers, chisels, punches and files. Sculpting his animal figures in gold or silver usually takes him many weeks of delicate carving.Gold, silver, bronze, exotic woods and various gems are his materials of choice. He tends to seek out rare materials for his unique pieces, making each one a very special and original work of art.Paul does his art after work hours, every spare moment he has. Some of his knives may therefore take weeks or even many months to complete, ending up as extraordinary one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He usually makes no more than ten knives per year.

  • Steve Schwarzer

    All custom knives I make is designed as a functional tool. No matter how fancy or elaborate, a custom knife must function as a cutting instrument first, creating a blend of utility and aesthetics. From the simplest carbon steel hunting knife to the most elaborate mosaic Damascus folding knife, each of my knives is treated with the same skill and dedication to excellence.Though I work only from my own designs, I have a long-standing commitment to collaborating with collectors to create knives that you will enjoy having and I will enjoy making. Tell me what type of knife you want and I will give you my best work in the confines of your budget. If you have questions about me or my knives, feel free to e-mail or phone me.

  • Rick Dunkerley

    Rick was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from high school in Hermitage, PA in 1977. Rick then spent four years in the U. S. Air Force, stationed mostly at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he trained guard, drug, and bomb-sniffing dogs. Rick first started making knives in 1984, and after moving to Montana in 1985, his interest in the craft increased. He made stainless steel hunters and utility knives until 1991, when he began forging carbon steel knives and creating damascus steel. Rick joined the American Bladesmith Society a year later. Since receiving his jouneyman smith rating in 1995, Rick’s main focus has been damascus steel, particularly mosaic and composite bar blades. Rick attained the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith rating in 1997, and in 2002 was selected to the Board of Directors of that organization. He has been a full-time knifemaker since 1996, except for the two month’s each fall that he operates as an outfitter in Montana’s Scapegoat Wilderness. Rick now specializes in damascus folding knives, and also enjoys making Bowie or Persian style straight knives. Rick has earned many awards for his one-of-a-kind creations including the following: Date Awarded By Award 1996 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Bowie Fighter 1997 Oregon Knife Collectors Association Best Damascus 1997 Blade Show Best Damascus 1997 Blade Magazine Best Handmade 1998 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Folder 1998 Blade Magazine Best Handmade 1998 Blade Show Best Damascus 1998 Montana Knifemakers Association Best of Show 1999 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Damascus 2000 Krause Publications Wooden Sword Award 2000 Oregon Knife Collectors Association Best Folding Knife 2000 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Folder 2000 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Art Knife 2000 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Of Show 2001 Oregon Knife Collectors Association Best Damascus 2001 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Folder 2001 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Damascus 2001 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Of Show 2002 Oregon Knife Collectors Association Best Hunter Utility 2002 Montana Knifemakers Association Best Folder 2003 Oregon Knife Collectors Association Best Damascus Rick’s knives have been featured with photos and articles in knife publications worldwide, including appearances on the covers of Blade and Knives Illustrated magazines. Rick has been highly sought-after as a teacher of the art of forging damascus steel, and has instructed classes for the following entities: Massachusetts College of Art Artist Blacksmith Association of North America Jim Batson’s Bladesmithing Symposium Saskatchewan Western Development Museum Northern Minnesota Blacksmith’s Association Northern Rockies Blacksmith’s Association (2 classes) Western Canada Knifemaker’s Symposium Texarkana College/Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing (3 classes)

  • Tim Hancock

    I am a Master bladesmith with the American Bladesmith Society. I have been established as a full time maker since 1992.I make using and collectable folders , hunters, fighters, daggers, swords, and bowies. Knives can purchased from me at knife shows or by placing an order. I also do some one on one knife making instruction.

  • Ralph "Rattler" Selvidio

    Ralph Selvidio was a full time knife maker from 1986 until his untimely passing a couple of years ago. He was well known for his collector grade folders, both manual and automatic, and his unique mechanisms. He favored natural handle materials like fossil Ivories and various mother of pearl, and liked using damascus from some of the top forgers for his blades and bolsters. Ralph was well known for inlaying silver and gold castings, usually faces, in his backspacers and levers. He is missed in the knifemaking community, and his Rattler brand knives have become very collectable.

  • Larry Newton

    Larry Newton

  • Jon Christensen

    I've always been interested in creating things with my hands. As I look back on the path I have taken it seems designing and creating have always been a part of my life. I remember, while in college, watching a program about blacksmithing and saying to my wife, "I'm going to try that someday." Little did I know it would become part of my career as a knifemaker.After changing my college major from Architectural Design to Mechanical Design, I finally settled into the Horticulture Department in Landscape Design receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.I worked in the horticulture field while living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon until 1999, when we moved back to Montana to be closer to family.After moving back home to Montana, I knew I wanted a career change which included working for myself. My brother introduced me to a knifemaker, and I thought I'd give it a try. So in August of 1999, I picked up the Barney and Loveless book on how to make knives and tried to figure out what a ricasso was. I loved it and started making stock removal knives. A short time later, Ed Caffrey introduced me to the forged blade. I was hooked!Being able to make knives fulltime, I focused on perfecting my art, becoming a Journeyman Smith in 2003 and a Master Smith in 2006.I am most proud of winning both the George Peck and B.R. Hughes awards. These awards are given by the American Bladesmith Society to the best knife submitted by an applicant for Journeyman Smith and Master Smith, respectively.I see my work as creating functional art, heirloom quality cutlery which will be in your family for generations to come.I prefer to work with natural materials and use traditional finishes. I make my own damascus steel and am always trying to create something new that will inspire.

  • Dan Graves

    I use 1095, l-6 (saw blade steel), 15n20, and nickel as well as 5160. I make all my damascus using the anvil and a power hammer. More info in "How I make Damascus link". I start by forging the blade in a gas forge. Upon completioin, I then normalize the steel. This sets the correct grain structure for tempering. The blade is heated to critical tempature (where a magnet will not stick) and then air cool. this is done three times for correct grain structure.I then grind and polish blade and harden. It is then placed in a oven at 400 to 500 (depending on what blade will be used for) degrees for one hour. Then the blade is differentialy tempered by placing the blade edge in water and heating the spine of the blade to the color of blue, never letting the edge out of water. This makes the spine springy and the edge good and hard. Some blades are made from old files and some file marks are left in the blade. Old blacksmiths left these lines in thier blades to prove the steel was of good quality. This is just a rough over view as there are many methods I use.I do custom work, your design or mine. Knives guaranteed.

  • Roger Green

    R.M. (Roger) Green, a six-foot four-inch native Texan, is a full-time knifemaker who specializes in traditional Bowie knife designs from the 19th Century. Exquisite styling and meticulous craftsmanship are exhibited in all of Green's knives. His Bowies are flat ground and hand rubbed to a 1200 grit satin finish. The blade bevels are crisp and symmetrical, and the fittings are exact. Only natural materials are utilized for his handles, such as stag, wood, and ivory. Green estimates that he spends approximately 80 hours in the construction of each knife, not including the initial time involved in the design phase of each new model. The knives are built with such precision that any two of the same pattern are virtually indistinguishable except for the grain of the handle material.Green adheres to a philosophy he describes as "essence of knife." To him, a knife is an art form unto itself, it is not an empty canvas awaiting the embellishment of an engraver or a scrimshander. "If a knife has the proper design and craftsmanship, it will stand on its own," Green maintains emphatically.

  • Brad Duncan

    Brad Duncan

  • Barry Davis

    Barry Davis

  • Kirby Lambert

    I believe that in order to make a superior knife you must use superior materials. That is why I work with top grade, high-tech materials. The steels I generally use in my folders and fixed blades are CPM S30v, CPM 154 CM, BG-42, and Damasteel. The handle materials I mostly use range from G-10, Micarta, and carbon fiber to mother of pearl and fossilized mammoth ivory. I exclusively use 6al/4v titanium for the liners in my folders. I mostly make my bolsters from materials such as 6al/4v titanium, damascus, carbon fiber, Timascus or mokume.When making Japanese style blades I generally use 1050, 1084, or L6. The handles will usually consist of a phenolic handle covered in stingray skin then wrapped with a nylon cord that has been impregnated with resin to give it maximum strength, toughness, and longevity.I am constantly striving for perfection in creating, for what I feel is one of the highest quality knives on the market today. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know.Kirby Lambert

  • Kyle Royer

    I am twenty three years old (born 1990) and a Mastersmith through the American Bladesmith Society. I have been blessed by God to be able to be a full-time knifemaker and I love my job! I specialize in forged fixed blade knives and also make many other types of knives such as automatic folders, slip-joint folders and liner lock folders. I am beginning to learn the art of engraving. I like to inlay gold and/or silver in my knives. The first knife I made was a folder, I made the frame out of a solid piece of steel and took the blade out of another knife on which the frame was broke but the blade was still good, then I pinned the blade into the frame that I had made, and I had my first knife. Shortly after I decided to make a knife for a 4-H project, so I went to the library and got a book on how to make knives and learned how to heat-treat a blade, pin handles etc… thus my first fixed blade was born. I made the blade out of an old file and the ferrule out of a small piece of mild steel, the handle I made out of an old piece of deer antler that I found on our property, I epoxied it all together with J B weld, pinned it with a brass pin, and I had my first fixed blade knife. After the 4-H knife I made a couple knives a year and learned how to make Cable Damascus, for my handles I used stag (deer antler). In March of 2007, I went to the W.F. Moran School of Bladesmithing in Old Washington, Arkansas where I took a two week class on Intro to Bladesmithing under ABS Mastersmiths Bert Gaston and Greg Neely. This is where I learned how to make a blade that would pass the ABS Journeyman Smith Performance Test, after that I took a class on Handles and Guards under ABS Mastersmith Jim Walker where I learned how to make handles out of stag, exotic woods and many other materials. I also learned how to make guards, ferrules and how to do some filework. I’ve also taken two, week long classes with Mastersmith Ron Newton which have been instrumental. Just after the school I learned how to make leather sheaths. My favorite handle materials are Desert Ironwood, Mammoth Ivory, Sambar Stag and and African Blackwood. My favorite steels are 1084 and 15N20 for my Damascus, and for my plain carbon blades I like 5160 and W2. I make all of my own Damascus with a forge and a forty ton hydraulic press that my Dad and I made, I forge my blades to shape by hand on my 400 pound anvil that my Dad and I built. In June, 2011 I received my Mastersmith Stamp at the Atlanta BLADE Show. Now that I have been granted my MS certification I have a desire to expand my field and continue learning and pushing what I learn as far as I can. God has given me all the opportunities and teachers that I’ve had and I thank Him for giving me the ability to do something I love.

  • Richard Derespina

    Richard Derespina has been making knives and specifically Karambits since 1999. It was dumb luck that he came upon his first Online dealer at a knife show. From that day on he’s been at the front of the Karambit market.With a background in art and martial arts, he took his knowledge, his ideas and hand crafted them into existence.Ask anyone in the Martial arts, LEO and Military communities about the Karambit and the Derespina name will instantly come up.

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  • Tom Ferry

    My knifemaking journey started with a friend who collected custom knives. At the time I could not afford to collect knives myself. In 1995 I decided to start making my own. By the following year I had begun my addiction to the forged blade. I did not know any local makers at that time, so most of what I learned came from books and even more so from trial and error.I made my first billet of damascus by hand in 1997 on a dare from a friend who said I could not do it. I was successful and after that first billet I was hooked on damascus and I have not looked back since.I received the opportunity to go full time in 1999, thanks to the support of my loving wife and family. That same year I stepped out into the knife community by doing my first show and joining the American Bladesmith Society. Since then I have developed good friendships with many knifemakers and enthusiasts alike.Damascus is employed on 90% of my knives in various patterns. My preferred steels for damascus are 1084 and 15n20. For straight steel knives I have and will employ 1084, 1080, 5160, 52100, S30V, 20CV and Talonite. I strive for the perfect combination of design, purpose and aesthetics in every knife I create. Rather than working with set patterns, I choose to work with styles of knives. This way each knife is a one of a kind creation.Among the styles I frequently create are utility knives, bowies, tantos, hunters, daggers, art folders and fixed blades as well as numerous others.I do all of my own heat treating which ensures the performance of each and every knife I produce. Routinely I test blades for quality control purposes as well as for future knowledge and developments. My metallurgical knowledge has been acquired not only from studying books and reference manuals but also through years of trials in my own shop always striving for that perfect heat treatment.In 2001 Bill Cottrel, Chuck Bybee and myself developed a process to make Titanium Damascus or TImascus. This has been one of the greatest journeys I have been on. We have not yet set the boundaries on this beautiful material and only the future can tell what we will accomplish.

  • Shawn McIntyre

    Thank you for your interest in my work. In the following pages I would like to share with you my present and past work, my ideas about knives and knife making, methods and the materials I use. I am no longer taking orders for knives, but will be posting knives that are available for immediate sale in the Available page. If you see any thing you like that is not available at this time, please me let me know and I will add you to a contact list to let you know when something similar is. I hope you enjoy what you see.

  • John Horrigan

    All damascus steel and custom knives are made by my hands in my shop in Burnet, Texas. I hope that you enjoy my knives as much as I enjoy manufacturing each of these pieces one at a time.I custom make both forged and stock removal knives and tomahawks. I specialize in pattern-welded and mosaic damascus steel blades and bolsters for the hunter and collector.I also forge my own pattern-welded damascus steel and mosaic damascus steel. Each blade is tested for its cutting ability before it leaves my shop.ABS Master Smith rating earned in 2005.

  • Rodrigo Sfreddo

    Rodrigo Sfreddo has been a full time maker since 1995. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian Knife Makers Society. Rodrigo attended the Bladesmithing Class with ABS Mastersmith Jerry Fisk in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2001. He earned his Journeyman Smith stamp in 2006 and was presented with the George Peck Award for the best knife submitted by a Journeyman Smith candidate. In 2009 he earned his Mastersmith stamp in Atlanta and was presented with the B.R. Hughes Award for the best knife submitted by a Masters candidate. He specializes in integral knives of Turkish Damascus and composite patters.

  • W.E. (Bill) Ankrom

    I got started in knifemaking in 1975 when a friend opened a sporting goods business, which provided an outlet for my knives. I only made fixed blades then, but I started building folders a year later.I like knifemaking because it has turned into an artistic outlet for me. I try never to make two knives exactly alike. I prefer natural handle materials, especially pearl, fossil ivory, and presentation grade woods.Affiliations: The Knifemakers' Guild

  • Patrick Nihiser

    Patrick Nihiser began making knives full time in January of 2000. It didn't take him long to gain recognition for his work, as he was judged Best New Maker at Blade Show 2001. Patrick's early creations were art knives, but he realized his heart belonged to tactical knives, and it is through his tactical work that he has enjoyed the most success. Patrick works with a variety of steel, including D2, 154 CM, CPM 154, and S30V, and prefers using man-made materials in his knives for durability. A former marine, Patrick describes his experience in the knife world as "a long hard road" but one that he truly enjoys.

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  • Ronald Best

    I was born December 9, 1972 in Wilmington, NC in New Hanover County. I later moved to Stokes, NC where I have resided since. I have worked in the Concrete Construction business since I was a boy with my Dad and brother. I became interested in knives when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I would grind Dad's wrenches up trying to make a knife. Around nine years ago, I made a meat cleaver for my dad and enjoyed the process so much that I decided to intensify the pursuit. I have always loved to work with my hands using metal or wood. I was contacted by a collector who wanted an integral knife. I made the knife for him and it turned out great.I don't use CNC machinery when making my knives. In the year 2007, I became a probationary member of The Knife Maker's Guild. While at my first Knifemakers' Guild Show, I won the prestigious W.W. Cronk Award with a D guard fighter with ivory handle. I work very hard to construct my knives and I perfect my knife making skills with the finest materials available and adorn them with engraving of Mater Jere Davidson. Later, I received my second Cronk award at the 2008, 25th and "final" year of the W. W. Cronk.

  • Jean-Pierre Sucheras

    Jean-Pierre was born in 1956, trained as a mechanical fitter and have never stopped being interested in everything related to the small mechanical. Since 1979, he worked at the Department of Defense alongside the sophisticated technology of military aviation.

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