Phil comes to to knifemaking from the fine arts. As an award winning artist in both painting and printmaking, making knives is only a small leap. The art of knifemaking brings so many mediums into one work of art. Drawing, sculpting, and photography, plus many hours of handwork using an assortment of files.
My knifemaking started the same as nearly all knifemakers. My earliest knives were hunters made from old saw blades because you must start somewhere. This was in 1987 and by the early 90’s I found I was making folding knives and doing knife shows to sell my knives. I am still doing 4 shows per year. I like shows because I can spend time meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.
Besides having a great time at knife shows, it also allows me the opportunity to introduce new work. It’s an exciting time to be able to see the reaction of old and new customers when they get to see my new creations.
The hot rod knives you see pictured here are brand new work. Why Hotrods? And what DO you do with them? One reason is for the fun involved in making these one of a kind knives of such a wild nature. That and one more important fact: the “fun factor.” These large, liner-locking, folding knives have a trick up their sleeves. They are made so that a black powder cap can be fitted on the blade stop. Once the cap is set and you “sling” the blade open it fires the cap. These must be the loudest knives on the market. I mean loud…so when you are showing your knives to friends…
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This is a series of short, broad folding knives. In the fall of 1995 I made a half dozen very small fat folding knives and debut in Las Vegas at a show and they were the hit of my show. Since then I have changed the design slightly each year. Different blade shapes, patterns and mechanisms. Keep them new and fresh. I continue to make minnows and like to take a few to every show.
This category is for all other forms of cool knives.