|I started collecting knives on a small scale in the 1960's. After realizing it was becoming very expensive, I decided that if I made a couple of knives and sold them, I could afford to buy better knives for my collection. After I made a couple of knives and sold them, my collecting days were over. I got sucked into a black hole and became a so called 'knife maker'. I spent a fortune buying equipment to forge with, taking classes in jewelry casting, engraving and traveling to seminars to learn fileworking and get tips from real knifemakers. I joined the ABS and eventually became a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild. After a bout with spinal stenosis and major spine surgery, I sold my forging equipment and concentrated on making stock removal knives.
Over the years I have been fortunate to learn from people like Rick Hinderer, Jim Schmidt, Reese Weiland, David Morton and Sam Alfano. In this industry there are many people willing to help you if you just ask. And I thank them all.
I enjoy trying new things and my interests seem to lend themselves well to one of a kind art knives. Most of my knives have natural materials and extensive file work, with some engraving and scrimshaw. I like to inlay pearl and stones into the spines of my fancy folders. In our gallery you will find samples of a few of the knives I've made.
I started making custom knives in early 2000, when Larry asked if I wanted to learn to something new. He has been teaching me ever since. He still has a wealth of information that is available to me.
I enjoy creating a custom knife from raw materials. As of now I make fancy folders. I use Damascus, Mokume, Ivory, Ebony, Mother of Pearl, Goldlip and whatever else touches my fancy. I file work blades, backbars and liners in a multitude of patterns. Each new custom knife incorporates something I've learned from my teacher Larry Lunn or other Knife makers who are generous enough to help. There is so much to learn that custom knife making remains exciting and challenging. In my website you will find samples of the custom knives I've made.
If you are interested in one of our knives, call 870-424-2662 and we'll be happy to talk knives with you.
|We've been very fortunate to have our knives appear in all the major knife magazines , Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated, Knife World and the Knife Annuals for 2003, 2004, 2005 (cover), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. Gail has also appeared in David Darom's "World of Art Knives II".