Tyrell Johnson has always been interested in knives and firearms, and two-plus years ago he decided to take a knifemaking class at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina. “As my wife can attest, I’ve had many hobbies in my life, but knifemaking immediately struck a chord with me,” he commented. “I knew right away that this was what I was meant to do, and I’ve been making knives ever since. I eat, drink and sleep knives.” Travis Daniels, of TED Knives, has been a helpful mentor to him. Tyrell does both stock removal and forging, and especially enjoys forging brut de forges.
Tyrell currently works full time as a waste treatment plant operator, but in five years he expect to retire and focus fully on knifemaking.
• Best-selling knife patterns: drop-point hunters, kitchen and filet knives
• Preferred blade steels: W2, 1084, 1095. “I love carbon steel. It has a great history and the keeness of the edge is hard to beat,” Tyrell noted.
• Blade grinds: hollow for slicing, flat for durability
• How he tests his knives: cutting paper, shaving hair, chopping wood
• Favorite handle materials: Micarta, exotic woods, burl wood, resins—“I love working with the scales produced by J Hue Customs by Tim Kipps,” Tyrell added.
• Price range: $150-$350
• Knife shows he attends: BLADE Show
• Member of: North Carolina Custom Knifemakers Guild, American Bladesmith Society
Tyrell hand-makes all his sheaths from premium 8-ounce leather or Kydex.
Tyrell made a combat knife for the North Carolina Custom Knifemakers Guild’s cutting competition last spring. The knife could not be longer than 15.5 inches overall with a maximum blade length of 10 inches. At least one visible pin had to pass through the handle, a tang was required and the knife had to have a lanyard hole with wrist lanyard and be accompanied by a sheath and zippered pouch.
Contact Tyrell Johnson, 252-341-4791, [email protected], on Facebook at Tyrell Johnson and on Instagram @Tyrell_Johnson_Knives
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