Knifemaking

Knifemaking is the building of a knife, which includes the blade, handle and other accouterments. Blades are made by either removing metal from a steel blank via a grinder – known as stock removal – and the forging to shape of hot steel into a blade in the process known as bladesmithing. Other parts, including bolsters, guards, pommels, etc., are needed to complete the finished knife.

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The Lil Chubby drop-point is made by Randy Madan of Patriot Horde Knives.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Randy Madan

Randy Madan, known as JR on social media, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996 as a combat engineer. “I blew things up,” he said, laughing. Now, at 43, he has been a federal correctional worker for 20 years. He always loved and carried knives, but he got his start in...

The W.A.C.K. is just one of many knives offered by Desert Storm Marine Corp vet, Scooter Davis.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Scooter Davis

When Jerry Davis was a baby he was scooting across the floor and his grandmother dubbed him Scooter. He is a third-generation welder and fabricator. His dad made knives as a hobby, and by the time Scooter was a teenager, he, too, was making knives. At 19 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and...

The immediate feedback provided the lights and tones of the Aku-Strike, making combatives training more realistic.

Factory Friday: The Inventor Who Daydreamed A Trainer Knife

“I was born a tinkerer,” Dwayne Horvath of Aku-Strike Knives of Pittstown, New Jersey, related. He was always taking things apart, from his father’s reel-to-reel video recorder to his car. By his own admission he was not great at school, but it was during those moments looking out the window, daydreaming, when ideas came...

Allan Reid tried out a kwaiken design on his latest edged creation.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Allan Reid

Allan Reid of ARctc Knives, which stands for Allan Reid of Cut Throat Custom Knives, is a part-time maker who currently works as a nurse. He served for six years as a U.S. Army combat medic, achieving the rank of sergeant. In 2005-2006 he deployed on Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, he earned his registered nursing credentials. Allan has been...

Tracy LaRock is set to rock his retirement with knifemaking. His wife, Mia, handles his social media.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Tracy LaRock

Tracy LaRock grew up on a dairy farm and spent every spare moment hunting, trapping and fishing. He served as a mortarman in U.S. Marine Corps from 1990 to 1995, but he didn’t stay out for long. In 1997 he signed on with the Texas Army National Guard, in artillery and recruiting, and still...

Chris Rowley of Nomad Customs was a farrier for 12 years before joining the U.S. Army.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Chris Rowley

Chris Rowley was a farrier for 12 years or more before he joined the Army at age 34. During his seven years of service he deployed six times to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 75 Ranger Regiment, winding up his service this year as a weapons squad leader with the rank of staff sergeant. He...