Stan Shaw Engraved Pen Knife

IMG_5571

Stan Shaw has been making knives by hand for over 75 years. Now 90 years old, he still works in his shop two days a week making knives the traditional way, by hand. “My knives are completely processed by hand, from sawing out the blades, springs and linings, to the finished product,” he says.

Trained under Ted Osbourne, Stan learned to make multi-bladed knives using expensive materials, such as mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. As the cutlery industry declined Stan learned how to do many of the jobs that would make a knife, such as forging, grinding and hafting. Traditionally these tasks were separate subdivisions of the cutlery trade, carried out by single person. This meant that many different cutlers were involved in the making of one knife. Stan Shaw is unique because he can make a knife from start to finish on his own.

In 1983, Stan went off on his own after working for such Sheffield greats as George Wostenholm, John Watts and John Clarke. In 2009 he moved his tools and workshop to the Kelham Island Museum. Stan has a waiting list of four years for his knives, which are highly prized by collectors.

You can see more photos and information of the above pocket knife on the website

Beautiful Damascus Bowie

Anyone who knows me knows I have this thing for Bowie knives. I feel there is no better all around knife than a Bowie knife.

Adnan Monger sent me this beautiful Damascus Bowie knife.

15726282_1181907135225390_7315562100976900748_n 15747875_1181907198558717_2030471708458765209_n 15781733_1181907145225389_3695617477362626048_n 15823169_1181907175225386_8377656287414324064_n

14.5″ Long with a 9.5″ blade length. Brass guard and butt cap and a colored giraffe bone handle.

If you’re interested in owning this one of a kind beauty, click here!

Clark Liner Lock Folder

I don’t know who this Clark is, but this is one beautiful knife. The fit and finish is simply amazing.

img_5373img_5372img_5371

For more info and to purchase

green-clickhere_button

Look Who’s Coming to the Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Knife Show 

Dec 17 & 18

Tucson Expo Center

List of Knife vendors

BOB HAM

BRAD EDGINGTON (K & G)

CHARLES TURNAGE

CLAYTON COWART

DANIEL STUCKY

JARED WATTS

JEFF STOVER

JOE ALI

DOUG LONEY

KEN MCFALL

LEE BEENE

LEOPOLD LACRIMOSA

MATVEY SHINDEL

RANDY LEE

RAY KIRK

STEVE GODFREY

JOHN HILL

JOHN BROWN

DAN ZVONEK

TODD KOPP

CHARLES PROKOPP

DAN STUCKY

To reserve your table, call John at 602-520-6002

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.

IMG_5078IMG_5082IMG_5144

More information and to purchase these knives can be found 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

james_buel_lile

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.

Jimmy_Lile_Knifemaker

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

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.

IMG_5032

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.

IMG_5040

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

Mike Tamboli Folder

Mike Tamboli of Glendale Arizona has been making knives for over 30 years. He has won many awards for his work in miniatures as well as regular sized custom knives. He has had his knives featured in many of the popular knife periodicals. 

Here is one of recent folders which has just been added to the website: 

 

 

Mike Tamboli Liner Lock Folder

New Damascus Folders

I’ve been dealing with Adil Zafar from Lahore Pakistan for several years now and I can testify to the excellent quality of his workmanship. Each knife he sends me is a well made knife no matter if it’s a fixed blade or folder. His Damascus is strong and sharp. You will not go wrong with one of his knives.

Three new folders have arrived and are now up on the website for sale.

12421497_908266785938529_1841029601_n

Knives by Adil Zafar

Georgia Bushcraft Knife

Just arrived, Georgia Bushcraft Knife. This knife is a collaboration between my younger brother Marc and John Benson of Shadow Tech Knives. From the 4″long, 3/4″ thick drop point blade to the canvas Micarta handles and full tang, this knife is perfect for outdoor use. If you’re a survivalist, hiker or camper, you don’t want to leave home without having it at hand.

Green powder coat with green canvas Micarta handles

Green powder coat with green canvas Micarta handles

Black powder coat with black canvas Micarta handles

Black powder coat with black canvas Micarta handles

Published in: on January 17, 2015 at 1:56 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,