Copper State Cutlery Association Knife Show Dec 17-18, 2016

What a great time I had at the CSCA Knife Show last weekend. Here’s a look at some of the knife makers that were there:

Daniel Collett Collett Knives

Daniel Collett
Collett Knives

Robert Pangina Glendale, AZ

Robert Pangina
Glendale, AZ

Coy Knives by Coy Show Low, Az

Coy
Knives by Coy
Show Low, Az

Glen Glen's Custom Knives San Tan Valley, Az

Bob Ham, Payson AZ

 

Lee Beene - Lee's Cutlery Mesa, AZ

Lee Beene – Lee’s Cutlery
Mesa, AZ

Dan Zvonek New River, Az

Dan Zvonek
New River, Az

Charles Turnage Fine Turnage Production San Antonio, Tx

Charles Turnage
Fine Turnage Production
San Antonio, Tx

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Jeff Stover Torrance, Ca

Matt Shindel - representing his brother Mike work - Blade & Hammer California

Matt Shindel – representing his brother Mike work – Blade & Hammer
California

John Brown - Show Organizer

John Brown – Show Organizer

Daniel Stucky Springfield, Or

Daniel Stucky
Springfield, Or

Bob Ham Payson, Az

Tom & Linda Buckner
Olympia, Wa

Rob Saniscalchi RSK Knifeworks Phoenix, Az

Rob Saniscalchi
RSK Knifeworks
Phoenix, Az

K&G Finishing Supplies Lakeside, AZ

K&G Finishing Supplies
Lakeside, AZ

Randy Lee St. Johns, AZ

Randy Lee
St. Johns, AZ

Charles Prokopp Tucson, AZ

Charles Prokopp
Tucson, AZ

Steve Godfrey Godfrey Knife and Forge Phoenix, Az

Steve Godfrey
Godfrey Knife and Forge
Phoenix, Az

Clayton Cowart Sugarloaf Knifeworks Phoenix, AZ Forged in Fire S3 E7

Clayton Cowart
Sugarloaf Knifeworks
Phoenix, AZ
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Ed Turner Low Country Knifeworks Casa Grande, Az

Ed Turner
Low Country Knifeworks
Casa Grande, Az

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Tahlequah, OK Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Tahlequah, OK
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Rich Greenwood - Pokabu Forge. Forged in Fire S3 E1

Rich Greenwood – Pokabu Forge.
Forged in Fire S3 E1

Konstantin Vasenko Russian Made Knives Irvine, Ca

Konstantin Vasenko
Russian Made Knives
Irvine, Ca

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More photos on Lee Beene’s blog:

http://arizonaknifenews.com

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Roger Hatt Custom Folder

Canadian Roger Hatt has been making knives since 1994. When you get a Hatt knife, you get a beautiful bang for your buck.

Beautiful Damascus drop point folder with walrus ivory scales.

More information and to purchase the knife here

 

 

 

 

Legends of Knifemaking: Paul Fox

Jesse Paul Fox Jr, known by his middle name Paul, was a long-time member of the Knifemakers’ Guild and owner of Pioneer Woodcarving. As Fox’s friend and fellow maker Tim Britton noted on The Knife Network, “Paul may have been one of the most creative knifemakers of all time. He was perhaps best known for his electric-motor-driven folder and a series of very fancy knives that were a lot like sculpture. He won the W.W. Cronk Award at the Knifemakers’ Guild shows till they asked him to stop entering and let someone else win.

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Paul Fox 1938 – 2012

According to Britton, Fox had a great sense of humor. “Paul had a Chevy Suburban that he bought at a North Carolina State Surplus auction for $700,” Tim recalled. “It was ugly, yellow and very beat up.  He took it to Hendricks Motors of NASCAR fame and had them put a full race motor in it.  Damned thing would fly and Paul loved nothing better than challenging redneck racers and usually beating them. Guess you have figured out by now, that dude was a character!

“Paul was very much at home with locals—guys from the garage, bread-truck drivers, etc. He was one of a kind, like so many of us in knifemaking. I can still see Paul using the remote control boat to chase geese off his pond!”

– See more at: http://www.blademag.com/featured/knifemaker-paul-fox-dies#sthash.pOlrVOOm.dpuf

 

See his available knives here

Cody Wescott Knives

I’ve added 3 of Cody Wescott knives to the website.

Cody Wescott of Las Cruces, New Mexico sold his first knife in 1982 and is a full time maker at least he was in 1995 according to the 1995 annual edition of Knives, his knives where priced from $80 to some up to $950. back in 1995, he offered engraving and made his own sheaths.

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More information and to purchase these knives can be found here

Claw Push Dagger

Stan McKiernan – River’s Bend Knives

Available for purchase here

Russell Klingbeil Knife

Russell Klingbeil died in January 2004. He was a member of the USMC. An avid surfer and weight lifter. He was an accomplished designer and engineer of fire-sprinkler systems. He was very much into Harley Davidson motorcycles. Remarkably talented at drafting, he was also very good at drawing, often things that would make me laugh and my aunt smack him on the arm. He was an outdoors-man who camped and was an aficionado of the rugged mountain-man lifestyle of yesteryear. He was a black-powder rifleman as well as an accomplished knife-maker.

Here is a Spear Point Boot Knife he made. there were 67 of these made between November 1998 and January 1999. This one is numbered 001.

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His knives are sought after by collectors and rarely come on the market.

More photos and information here.

Legends of Knife Making: Jimmy Lile

James Buel Lile 1933-1991, known as Jimmy Lile or The Arkansas Knifesmith, was an American knifemaker from Russellville in Pope County, Arkansas, who made the Rambo Knife for the films First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II

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In 1971, Lile became a full-time knifemaker and was known as “Gentleman Lile” or “The Arkansas Knifemaker”. He was particularly known for his Survival knife designs known as “The Mission” series, created by request for Sylvester Stallone to use in his first two Rambo movies. These designs would go on to influence other knife makers in the 1980s. In addition to creating the Rambo knives, Lile designed and made several Bowie knives that he presented to Governor Bill Clinton and U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Other owners of his work included John Wayne, Peter Fonda, Fess Parker, Bo Derek, and Johnny Cash.

When Lile was approached with the specifications for the “Rambo” knife, he was told to design it not as a mere “prop” but as a basic tool to perform a variety of tasks. Lile adapted a basic clip point Bowie knife which could be used to chop wood and slice food while retaining an edge. He employed a waterproof hollow handle design to store matches, needles, thread, and a compass; the hollow-handle allows the knife to be fitted to a pole to make a spear or gig. The handle was wrapped with nylon line that could be used for fishing or making snares. The tips on the guards were made into a standard and Phillips screwdriver and the spine was serrated. Lile chose to forge the blade of 440C high-carbon steel, which he claimed could cut through the fuselage of an aircraft.

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Lile was elected president of the Knifemakers Guild in 1978 and was an early member of the American Bladesmith Society. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the ABS in 1977 and acted as a liaison between the two groups. His “Lile Lock” folding knife is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1984 he was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame.

See Lile knives for sale on the website

Randall Made Knives

Randall Made Knives, usually referred to as Randall, is an American custom handcrafted knife manufacturer founded in 1938 by Walter Doane “Bo” Randall, Jr. in the U.S. The factory and showroom is located in Orlando, Florida.
Three Randall Made Knives have been added to the website

Copper State Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Association has set the dates for their knife show.

CSCA Knife Show

 

Sonoran Desert Knives will be set up at the show

Mike Tamboli: Master of the Miniatures

For those who aren’t familiar with Arizona custom knifemaker, Mike Tamboli or his knives, then you’ve been missing out on a great resource for collectible miniature knives.

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Mike, who has been making knives since the early 70’s specializes in making miniature knives. His miniature fantasy knives are sought after by collectors around the world. Over the years he and his knives have been written about in many knife magazines and periodicals.

 

Mike says as much effort goes into making a quality miniature knife as it does a regular sized knife.

But Mike is not just known for his miniatures. He also makes outstanding fixed blades and folders too.

Now’s your chance to pick up and own one of Mike’s miniatures or regular sized folders newly listed at SonoranDesertKnives.com