Custom Knives

In the literal sense, custom knives are those that have been custom ordered by people with specific materials, blade steels and/or knife styles in mind. In the non-literal sense, the term “custom knife” is often used to refer to a handmade knife rather than a factory or production piece, one that does not come off high-production (hundreds or thousands of knives) presses or assembly lines, but is frequently a one-of-a-kind or limited edition, a knife built in a maker’s shop or operation, and whether forged or made using the stock-removal method of blade making, usually ground, sharpened, finished and assembled by hand.

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...

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...

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...

Dustin Driver of Driver Defense Knives enjoys the look of a fuller, especially when it ends in a bevel.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Dustin Driver

Dustin Driver of Guntersville, Alabama served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2010. He was a communications expert, deploying to Iraq, 2005-2006, and Kuwait, 2007-2009. He uses that training and experience in his current job as a system and network administrator for a government contractor. In October 2015 he was...

The Recurve Patella uses Voodoo Resin scales in Honeycomb Red.

Dropout Knifemaker Is A Master Of Marketing

Brent Vaccaro of Black Widow Knifeworks & Tactical Gear attended high school in New Jersey where he was born and raised. He excelled in woodworking, banging out projects that those two years ahead of him struggled through. His teacher helped him, Brent said, but perhaps most by giving him the freedom...

Woman Carries Knife Made With Her Rib

Kelly Pilcher of Collinsville, Texas, was 20 years old when doctors told her that hope of regaining feeling in her right side lay in having her first rib removed. She put the surgery off for as long as she could, but at 22 opted to go under the knife to alleviate...