|From Pat Randall
I started making knives when the handle of my favorite kitchen knife broke. After shaping a handle to fit my large hands I thought about the blade and other aspects. I still have that knife and although the handle was not well made I still use it nearly every day and really like how well it works.
Everything evolved from there, leading to researching steel, handle materials and methods of construction. I soon was working on a shop knife, then a primitive knife using a animal horn I found in the desert.
When people learned that I made knives they would ask to see my work, I could not show them if I was away from the house so about a year ago I had some time in the Winter and I thought I would make a folding knife. I had a large Western folder which had a broken blade. I really liked the knife and so took it apart and started building a new one. I have now made many folding knives but not many of the Western Design.
A statement from another knife maker really struck home "I have over 200 knives in my collection, 199 and made by me". I was really in the same position so I decided to give away many to my friends. I looked at what they may need and how they may use it and gave them a knife to help meet that need. I have regular discussions with them to see how the knives are holding up. Two things became apparent, they loved the attention they get when using a custom knife, and are amazed how long the knife will stay sharp. If fact most are so used to using a dull knife I have to beg the knife back to resharpen.
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