About the Maker
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My home and workshop are located in Northern Indiana where I forge heirloom-quality custom knives. Every phase in the making of my knives and custom sheaths is completed by me.
I was in the seventh grade when my interest in forging began. It was during metals shop class. We were making a cold chisel. I was fascinated by the gas forge, how hot a piece of metal could become, the shaping of steel and hammering it in its molten condition. One of my most memorable projects was an aluminum letter opener that became a gift for my mother. A gift she used for the next 57 years of her life.
"I advance my knowledge and skills every chance I get by consulting with other bladesmiths.
I value their advice, knowledge and skill."
The seed that was planted in 1967 was always burning slowly in the background as I pursued a professional career in the hydraulic industry. I eventually became the majority owner and CEO of Daman Products, but my passion for bladesmithing skills never waned.
Without the internet, it would probably still be a distant dream. Soon after the world wide web became available, one of the first subjects I searched was “blacksmithing.” To my surprise, the top return was the Indiana Blacksmith’s Association, a loosely organized group of satellite clubs that met regionally the third Saturday of every month. For the whopping fee of $10, I purchased a lifetime membership to the IBA. Novices and experienced smittys were welcome. There were always beginner-level projects for the inept and access to equipment for the more experienced.
Through this group, I learned about IBANA, an international blacksmithing art organization and subscribed to their two magazines. The magazines were filled with the creative works of professional smittys from around the world. I soon found a source for forge coal (not available everywhere!) and for a total investment of $25, built myself a working coal forge. The most expensive parts were the 2-1/2” pipe fittings used under the forge as a clean-out and for blower access. A hairdryer I purchased at Goodwill served as my blower.
A few years later, in search of resources and knowledge on the subject of quality knife building, I attended the Atlanta Blade Show, the largest knife show in the world. Through happenstance, I was introduced to Ed Fowler, one of the premier bladesmiths in the country. Ed is a fascinating mentor – a bit of an outlier and rogue, and certainly a man that challenges conventional wisdom. As a result, he's developed techniques that have advanced the craft and blade quality.
I was fortunate enough to spend seven straight days – 12-14 hours per day – learning from Ed. It was a life changer for me and advanced my knowledge of the bladesmithing craft in a quantum leap. Those seven days unlocked the secrets that had alluded me in my quest to understand what a quality knife blade was. The heart of Ed’s process is a system of methods that accentuate the qualities of a beautiful knife steel – 52000, also known as ball bearing steel.
Today, knife making is more than a hobby. It is a passion that I feel fortunate to be able to pursue. My knives are a reflection of my dedication to quality. It’s how I’ve lived my life both personally and professionally. The idea of taking a piece of steel and transforming it into a handmade premium quality knife, anyone would be proud to own, is especially rewarding. I hope you will browse my website and contact me with any questions or comments regarding my craft.