Can you think of two more enjoyable hobbies than making knives and playing guitar? Maybe suntanning or oyster eating, but aside from that … It never ceases to amaze me that, being the Editor of the KNIVES annual book, which includes a Custom Knifemaker Directory of 2,200 makers fashioning knives by hand, I still come across knifemakers in the news who I’ve never heard or known about.
Such is the case with Mike Naylor, a knifemaker, guitar player and all-around interesting guy from Alabama, who, among other edged tools and weapons, makes hog-hunting knives for Alabamans. His full story, including how he has made knives for movie stars Sam Elliott and Tommy Lee Jones, was written by Suzy Lowry Geno, and first ran in the Alabama Farmers Co-Op’s “Cooperative Farming News,” (Alabama Farmers Co-Op photo) www.alafarmnews.com.
From the article:
“I’ve never taken any kind of class in this,” Mike explained. “God has just blessed me with this gift and I work by trial and error. A lot of times I get an idea and just make a knife from that. But many, many, many other times I do custom work. And ‘custom’ covers a lot.”