HOW WE GOT STARTED
WHY WE’RE MAKING CUSTOM KNIVES IN AUSTIN, TX
When I tell people I make custom kitchen knives the first thing they ask is, “How did you get into making knives?” It started very innocently with me watching random videos online and I came across a video about a knife maker. It told a short story about him getting started in the custom chef knife business and I thought to myself, “I bet I can do that!” I decided I was going to build two kitchen knives. One for my mother and one for my mother-in-law as Christmas gifts. I went out to the barn and found an old belt sander and got to work on a cheap bar of steel. The belt sander caught on fire and the steel rusted quickly, but I knew I had something. It also helped that many of the people I told about this new hobby asked, “Can you make me a knife?”
After my found sander was destroyed by a fire I invested in a 2×72 belt sander and some high quality steel and have been making knives ever since. I instantly decided to focus on kitchen cutlery because most of the knife makers I spoke with focused on hunting knives and I wanted to do something different. Plus, I wanted my knives to be used in the heart of the home to prepare meals more frequently than a hunting knife might be used.
Many knife makers reproduce the same knife over and over while using the same exact materials so I decided I would never make the same knife twice. I let the customer choose the shape, length and handle material, pins and more. I like customers to visually see the different woods and handle materials and get a clear idea what their knife is going to look like. This is a very custom experience for knife users that allows them to participate in the creation of their knife.
More than anything, I enjoy making custom knives, in my small shop, here in Central Texas.