An Hour With Greg Medford

I pulled up to a 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the North West side of Phoenix just off the interstate after having called ahead. I had a customer who wanted the top of the line MKT Praetorian Ti knife.

Praetorian T Drop Point

I had to order one so why not take a trip across town and do it in person.


Walking into the place I was greeted by Greg’s two children who were very friendly and then his wife Amy. She asked me to wait a moment and disappeared down to hall to return a few minutes later and issued me into Greg’s office where I got to meet the man himself. Not the first time, as I had met him three years ago at the Atlanta Blade Show. Like there, Greg greeted me with a powerful handshake as if I was a long unseen friend.


After pleasantries, Greg took time out from his busy schedule to tour his plant and explain each step of the process on how his knives are made. Greg said it simply, “He uses modern technology to make hand made knives.” With 20 employees working for him, his knives are made by hand. Each and every one. He looks at his manufacturing of his knives as a modern day Henry Ford building the Model T.

They use only US made steel for all of his knives. They make all the screws, hardware and clips in house. The only machining done on his knives are the drilling of the holes. The most impressive part of the his knives is that each one is totally ground by hand, free style. Put together by hand. A Kydex sheath is made for the fixed blade knives, (Soon they will be going to all leather sheaths), and then they are given a final detailed inspection before being shipped out in their own pelican case.

He showed me how not only are his knives are extremely sharp for cutting, but they will also take punishment of being used as a pry-bar. Something I hardly recommend using a knife for.

Besides knives, we talked about other interest we have in common. Namely, Massachusetts, Martial Arts and Military Service. Both our families have ties to Mass. Greg’s from Western Mass and mine from Boston proper. Greg had studied and taught martial arts for years in Arizona before turning to manufacturing earning several black belts. Also he served his county in Kuwait with the 5th Marines during Desert Storm. The hall of his offices are lined with photos and memorabilia of all the American wars from the Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over all, the president / owner took time out of his day for me a regular guy. Turning me back over to Amy, he went back to work and I got my customer’s knife ordered and headed home.  Thank you Greg!

Medford Knives at SDK


Combative Edge Knives

Sonoran Desert Knives has now added Combative Edge Knives to our website

Combative Edge™ is a tactical-grade product maker and training service provider for the soldier, law enforcement officer, and the civilian alike. Their company employs an extensive network of professional instructors all backed by a broad range of experience in combative arts which in turn influences meaningful and value-driven training services and products. Combative Edge™ believes in creating compelling, realistic design and functionality for all products and services they offer. Their knives are made in Italy by FOX knives.



Salus Fixed Blade

Salus Fixed Blade

SR11 Tanto

SR11 Tanto


If you’re into collecting Prototype knives I’ve added 4 of them up on the website. Three Schrade and one Marbles on the Limited Editions and Rare Finds page

Schrade Yellow Snake Skin Stockman

Schrade Yellow Snake Skin Stockman Prototype
One of a Kind

Marbles Copperhead Pearl Prototype

Marbles Copperhead Pearl Prototype

Schrade Large Trapper Prototype

Schrade Large Trapper Prototype

Schrade Black Stockman Prototype

Schrade Black Stockman Prototype




Chris Wolf Pocket Knife

Want to own a piece of American History? My brother Marc of has listed an antique Chris Wolf folding pocket knife on ebay:

Chris Wolf Knife

Chris Wolf Knife

Chris Wolf wood handled swell end jumbo jack. (This is one of the knives made in the garage by the Schatt & Morgan foremen who would later start Queen. 4 1/4″


The Schatt & Morgan and Queen history from what I have read, was a little bit more than colorful. The knife book I have states that Chris Wolf was a higher level foreman for Schatt & Morgan and dates these knives to c1920.

I have read opinions in other forums. Some state that these “experimental” knives made as “gifts” to be given out by S&M management. Others seem to believe these might have been some of the knives, like you have stated, that were made in a garage. It seems unclear if this would have been done before the employees left S&M or after they departed, but before Queen actually was established.

Original and a piece of history.

And From “All About Pocket Knives” Forum

I just joined the forum, having been a reader for sometime now. This post caught my eye and maybe I can add to the mystery of this Chris Wolf knife. I also have a couple of this knife ands one with a blade stamping of Jess Crouch. Wolf was a senior manager at S&M but I don’t know just what oposition he held of when. We do know something about Crouch. David Krauss noted in his book the Crouch started out with S&M in Gowanda, NY in 1898, moved to Titusville when the company moved. He died in 1921. I will post a photo of the Crouch knife. You will notice that in the picture there is heavy stamp that was used to stamp the blade. That stamp is still in Queen factory. I took the photo in 2005.
My speculation only, but think these knives must have been made by some of the officers at S&M and possibly given to friends. They are heavy as PA described, the blade and spring being about 5/32″ thick. Walnut handles. No nail pull. 4 1/2″ long closed. Probably made between 1910 and the start of WWI, I am guessing.

David Krauss and I found a little more history about Morgan and Crouch and a tie to Atlanta and the Dollar Knife Companies. I will will c paste the info below:

Jay Rudasill
Schatt & Morgan Cutlery Company

The Titusville Herald August 2, 1918:  newspaper article – at a Board of Directors meeting of the Schatt & Morgan Cutlery Company, Charles B. Morgan was elected President and Jay Rudasill of Atlanta was elected as Vice President. One year later in August 2, 1919 he was listed as both Vice President and Director.

The Titusville Herald May 2, 1921: newspaper article – The interest of the late J. V. Couch was purchased by Charles B. Morgan and Jay Rudasill of Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Rudasill, who was Vice President, will become President of the company and Mr. Morgan, who was President will succeed Mr. Couch as secretary-treasure and will also be General Manager. Earl E. Highhouse has been chosen Vice President.

So here is some detail about Jay Rudasill: The first listing in the Atlanta City Directories was in 1915, traveling salesman living at 68 Druid Circle, Atlanta. There is no mention of any specific companies he was associated with. He was listed as a traveling salesman every year after that until 1934 where he was listed as a station attendant.

He most certainly was a sales representative for S&M, and probably a very good one having gained the position as Vice President by 1918 and President in 1921. For 18 years he was involved with the S&M Company from it’s heydays to it demise in 1933.

He certainly had to have had an association with Paul W. Jones during the time that Jones got the Dollar Knife Trademark and S&M made the Dollar Knife Corporation, Atlanta knives. Rudasill must have been Jones’ connection to S&M and since Rudasill was a traveling salesman he may have been the “idea man” for the development of the Dollar Knife idea, even with Theo M. Green in Oklahoma. We may never know for sure.

Rudasill was a contemporary of Morgan, J. V. Crouch and had to know the key people that left S&M to start Queen City.

In 1921 Rudasill was listed with a wife named Della. They were listed every year after that together living at 68 Druid Circle until 1949. There was no listing after that.

1944 Rudasill was a clerk at the Merchant Salvage Co., 1947 he was an apartment manager.

David Clark, Nov. 2005

The notes above may be full of more question and answers but I thought this info would be of interest.


SDK Authorized Dealer for Kizlyar Cold Steel Russian Made Knives

Biker 2 Knife

Biker 2 Knife with Walnut Handles

Kizlyar Russian Made Knives
Kizlyar Russian Made Knives

The title says it all. Sonoran Desert Knives is now an authorized dealer for Kizlyar knives. I have up loaded their Military knives, Folding knives and some of their Hunting knives. I should have the rest of the hunting knife and the Utility knife lines up on the site by the begining of the new week, so keep checking back. 

To celebrate, I’ve put one of their best selling knives, the Biker 2 on special until the end of the month. Save $50 on this great knife if ordered by March 31st, 2011.

Biker-2 is designed specifically for superior strength and hard use. According to few blade magazines this knife is the toughest folder in its class. Popular with police and military personal in Russia, it is the knife for you if you want an unbreakable knife. The knife features double reinforced knuckle mechanism, 2mm thick liner lock and water buffalo handle slabs. It comes with custom made leather pouch.