I began making benchmade hunting knives in 1976, while living in a small town
in Montana, and although I did not have any interest in Damascus Bowie knives
at the time, some years later I developed a very keen liking for them. I have
spent these past years of custom knife making, learning as much as I could about
the subject of custom knives and for the past several years after moving here
to Country Village, teaching the craft of making benchmade knives. I now spend
a good deal of my knifemaking time striving to bring you quality hand forged Damascus
knives and pocket knives of distinction and teaching others how to do the
same by hosting the bi annual Northwest
Hammer In and operating the Northwest
School of Knifemaking in Bothell, Washington.
The following pages in this site and the sister site pro
knife sharpeners .com cover a wide range of custom knives, knife making,
professional knife sharpening and knife
sharpeners. Whether you are a knife collector, a seasoned knifemaker a novice
knife maker or just like to look at forged Damascus steel, I believe that
you will find the information on this site informative and worthy of your time.
Several years ago I teamed up with a professional horse shoeing expert to develop
a new idea in the farrier industry and came up with a high quality hoof knife
that can compete with hoof knives in a much lower price range. Check out the Double
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I started making custom benchmade hunting knives using steels like 154CM and
ATS 34 in 1976 while living in Montana. It was not long before I was making custom
Bowies knives, throwing knives, and fillet knives by stock removal. Today I like
to forge carbon steels but mostly I love to make pattern welded Damascus. Damascus
steel is an art form that lends itself very well to creativity and producing
distinctive custom knives of quality.
Damascus steel swords are some of the things that I get asked about regularly
along with other types of swords, Bowie knives or daggers etc. I prefer forging
Damascus steel into a one of a kind creation of my own design as this gives me
the most freedom and I make my most impressive pieces this way. I do make an
occasional dagger, folder, Bowie knife or even a hunting knife that I find challenging
and try hard to make it a work of art. However I can be swayed into working
with your design if it inspires me.
I hope that you enjoy looking at the photos of my knives and reading some of
the articles as much as I have enjoyed making them. If you are considering benchmade
knives as a hobby or business, you may be interested in next years Northwest
Hammer In or the Northwest School of Knifemaking.
If you live in the Bothell, WA area and are looking for a professional knife
sharpener, please drop by the shop at Country Village as I run a knife sharpening
service. Please check back from time to time, I will be adding new things to
the site on a regular basis and feel free to visit the shopping