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I became interested in making knives while living in South Africa for a short time. While there, I had the opportunity to take a fixed blade knife making course. Following that course, I made my first knife with a hacksaw, hand files, Dremel and sandpaper. The knife was in a word UGLY, but to me it was a beautiful creation because of the time and effort I put into it. It also completely hooked me into the world of knife making.
Upon returning to the U.S. I continued to make knives in my spare time until I retired from my full time job with the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. Since retiring I've been able to spend more time in the shop learning and improving my skills. I am fortunate that I live close to Gene and Barbara Baskett who have been invaluable in helping and guiding me in my quest to become a quality knifemaker.
I make my knives using the stock removal method. That is, I take a template of one of my knife designs, place it on a piece of steel bar stock, and cut it out with a bandsaw. I then refine the profile of the knife by hand sanding and with the use of my disc and belt sanders. After heat treating, I grind the knife to its final shape. I make the handles for my knives in my shop using various wood and synthetic materials. I mostly use Damascus, AEB-L, Nitro-V, and CPM 154 steel for my knives.
I am currently focused on making fixed blades. The knives I make are the best that I am capable of producing and with each one I try to improve on my fit and finish of the knife.