About Me and My Knives
A Bit of History
At the age of sixteen - seventeen, I have made my first handmade knife. Unfortunately, I have lost it right away during a forest walk. It was of course not very good but it would still be good for a laugh and a bit of nostalgia.
My second knife was a bit better although of course still nothing marvelous. The steel is soft and the sheath was used from another knife. However, it served me well and I have been using it for years.
After I have finished my education I got employed. Thus knife making became just a hobby in which I could only occasionally engage.
However, knife making is addictive. And as is the case with such things, one never has enough. I have built a workshop. I have built myself a belt grinder and several other tools specifically for knife making. I was spending more and more time making knives.
Thus when the situation at my employer became untenable for me, I have decided to quit and make knives full time.
I am making knives of my design and with my own hands. I am not buying prefabricates and building sets. I am not contracting CNC shops to save time. I am not buying cheap knives in third-world countries and pretending they are mine.
In my opinion, a knife is a tool first and foremost. If it cannot fulfill its function, its looks are irrelevant. And if it functions well, good looks are a bonus. Thus all my knives start with a simple, functional design that is later embellished and decorated. But function trumps looks no matter how embellished the final product is.
I am not saying that my knives are perfect. And liking them is subjective. But I guarantee that they will serve well and when cared for properly, they last for life.
And because my products are truly handmade, each is an original that cannot be reproduced. Who has a hand-made knife has something that no one else can have.
I make knives for the kitchen as well as outdoors. And I think it is important to protect the environment. Therefore I am not using materials from endangered species and I prefer domestic materials over imported ones. Applewood is just as beautiful as mahogany, cow bone is not less beautiful than ivory.
I am using traditional as well as modern materials and I endeavor to use recycled and upcycled materials as well. If not for the products themselves then at least for the various tools and machines in my workshop.