From as far back as I can remember, I have had an affinity for knives. I remember the summer day when I was ten years old and my dad thought it was time to let me get a knife like he carried. We went down to the local mom & pop general store and I got to pick out a small stockman. It had nickel bolsters and black scales with a shield that said “Ranger.” I learned how to sharpen it and take care of it. I learned that the blade would darken if you cut an apple with it and that’s OK. High carbon steel does that. I also found out that it will rust if you don’t clean it properly. I was taught that a person carries a knife as a tool, and that it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I rarely go anywhere without some kind of knife. Without it, I feel like part of me is incomplete, like I’m unprepared for the world.
I studied Graphic Arts in school and decided to pursue a career as a Graphic Designer. I attended the East Carolina University School of Art and got my BFA in Communication Arts concentrating in Graphic Design. In art school, we did a lot of cutting, carving, trimming, and shaping. I found that a good sharp blade is key to how your final presentation looks. Craftsmanship is a major factor in determining your grade, and clean cuts = better craftsmanship, and better craftsmanship stands out above the rest.
Now when I make a knife, I go back to my training as a Graphic Artist. It not only has to look good, it has to be able to do the job at hand. I remember that craftsmanship is key and I try to make them the very best I can.
I hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed making them.