Knives Inc. ~ PO Box 11074 ~ Bozeman ~ MT ~ 59719 (406)
Skyblade Knives. 2009.
Fortunately, I experienced
a life of hunting, fishing and exploring the beautiful Madison Valley near
Ennis, Montana. Thriving in the country, 12 miles from town and in the
foothills of the Gravelly Mountains, one is naturally drawn to the adventure and
excitement of the outdoors.
I was fly fishing the Madison
River before I could ride a bicycle, and could read elk sign before I could read
a book. By age 6, I was as good a
shot with a BB gun or a 22 rifle as my Dad.
From day one, Dad focused on
sharing with me, the importance of treading lightly on the land, respecting the
wildlife, and co-existing with mother nature.
It soon became my life.
I was up with the sun seven days a week, dog at my side, seeking an
untamed route into the mountains. Rarely
did I find my way home before dark, tired and hungry, but jumping at the chance
to tell Dad the stories of the days’ adventures and the size of the big buck
or bull elk I saw or tracked.
As the years drifted by, I
became even more focused on the wildlife and hunting. Every deer or elk I saw was another challenge.
If it wasn’t a trophy worth shooting, I had to sneak in as close as
possible and get a photograph for proof of my stealthness.
It was always that challenge of outsmarting the animal, that I really
enjoyed the most.
Unfortunately, a ski accident
and dislocated shoulders put a damper on pulling a bow for a couple years, so I
took up pistol hunting instead. The rifle is still collecting dust in the closet
As an avid outdoorsman and
hunter, a knife is an everyday tool you were never without.
I always carried one, had a few spares back home, and kept a keen edge on
One Christmas morning, I opened
a gift from my Mother to find a beautiful knife made by a local knifemaker.
This was my first look at a handmade, custom knife.
It was a wonderful addition to my small collection of old, rusty blades. Years later, at a holiday dinner party in 1987, this elderly
knifemaker and friend of the family, took me aside to discuss the finer points
of a quality knife. He drew a
custom knife from the sheath on his belt and handed it to me for inspection.
Although rough in design and appeal in comparison to the knives I make
today, the knife I held was the open door to something bigger to come.
It was that evening; I decided I wanted to make a custom knife.
While working towards a degree
in Fish and Wildlife Management at Montana State University, I made a few knives
for friends or for a buddy to present to his Dad at Fathers Day or on Christmas
morning. It wasn’t long, before
an art gallery in Ennis, Montana, noticed my work and asked to display my custom
Now the pressure was on and I
felt the commitment to create a knife that would be appreciated in both
aesthetics and quality, by people from all over the world, not just the kid next
The research began.
What steel would hold the best edge and not break under heavy use?
How do I assure proper heat treating and tempering of the blades? What epoxy would keep the handle attached for a lifetime?
Where do I find hardwoods to make an appealing handle?
Where do I get quality sheaths to carry and protect the knives? These were the questions I tackled, bound to find the
Years of research and testing
finally came together. I had
created a knife I was satisfied with. The
designs were useable and not just for looks.
The quality was there to withstand punishment and use in the field.
The edge holding was exceptional. The
beauty would impress all who laid eyes upon them.
Now all I needed was a name.
Having grown up under the vast skies of Montana, the ‘ Big Sky‘
country was a part of who I was. SKYBLADE
KNIVES was created. Art with an
edge! Handcrafted for life!
Not long afterwards, Skyblade
Knives were being sold at eighteen art galleries and sporting goods stores
around the country. The name was
known. The quality expected.
The price worth every penny.
More recently, demand for
Skyblade Knives has increased ten fold. As
a one-man-show, I have been unable to keep up with the relentless orders and
requests through the retail galleries and sporting stores.
I have scaled back my business, pulling knives from all my retail
outlets. All orders and sales are
directly through me. Word of mouth,
return customers and Internet sales and orders, have kept me busy most day and
night, outside of my career job as a Trails Engineer with the Forest Service.
Now twenty one years later, I am
still continually creating new designs and researching new materials and
techniques, to bring you a useable and affordable custom knife of investment
quality, simple but unequaled beauty, and handcrafted for life.
Thank you for your support of my
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