As a veteran gunsmith,
knifemaking appealed to me with the promise of creating something
more uniquely my own. The idea of starting with a blank bar of steel,
then adding patterns I designed myself, cutting out a quality blade
and grinding and finishing it into a custom knife was a challenge
that really inspired me.
After talking at length
to other makers and reading a lot of books, I made and sold my first
knives around 1980, and after that, I never looked back.
These days, at my shop
in Powell, Ohio I make about 200 custom knives a year for special
orders and shows in four states. I’m probably best-known for
making nice, clean hunting knives, but I also make and sell Folders,
Bowies, Boot knives and fighting knives.
I design and cut my blades
from Damascus, S30V Stainless steel, ATS34 Stainless steel and 440C
Stainless steel, and personally heat-treat Damascus knives. In my
opinion, a good clean grind and a well-finished blade is the most
important part of any knife; if you have this the rest of the knife
will fall into place and be good-looking.
I particularly enjoy
designing and making handles from exotic hardwoods, stag, ivories,
bone and pearl. All told, it can take about 20 to 25 hours to make
a folder. I outsource scrimshaw and engraving to talented local
artists who help bring my designs to life.
For extra decoration
on some models, I’ve added jewels like amethyst, citrine,
topaz, tiger eye, peridot and diamonds. Primarily, these are set
in the thumb bobs, but on occasion I’ve used pearl and tiger
eye inlayed in the handles.
sold knives to collectors all over the continental US, as well as
Australia, Japan and Sweden. My knives have won a number of awards
at shows in Ohio and Michigan, but what’s much more gratifying
to me the satisfaction of my customers, often expressed through
their repeat business.
The gallery on this site spotlights a
few models I’ve already created and sold. They should give
you an idea of some of the elements that can be combined to create