Molding of the Maker
Welcome to Hunter Handmade Knives. I am located in Elizabethtown, KY. I became interested in making knives while living in South Africa for a short time. While there, I had the opportunity to take a fixed blade knife making course.
Following that course, I made my first knife with a hacksaw, hand files, Dremel and sandpaper. The knife was in a word UGLY, but to me it was a beautiful creation because of the time and effort I put into it. It also completely hooked me into the world of knife making.
Upon returning to the U.S. I continued to make knives in my spare time until I retired from my fulltime job with the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. Since retiring I've been able to spend more time in the shop learning and improving my skills.
I am fortunate that I live close to Gene Baskett who has been making knives for over 30 years and in 2016 was re-elected President of the Knifemakers Guild. Gene has been invaluable in helping and guiding me in my quest to become a quality knifemaker. In March 2019, I became a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild.
I make my knives using the stock removal method. That is, I take a template of one of my knife designs, place it on a piece of steel bar stock, and cut it out with a bandsaw. I then refine the profile of the knife by hand sanding and with the use of my disc and belt sanders. After heat treating, I grind the knife to its final shape. I make the handles for my knives in my shop using various wood and synthetic materials. I mostly use CPM 154, AEB-L, Nitro-V and Damascus for my knives.
I am currently focused on making fixed blades. I recently discontinued my Terciopelo model, but added a couple other hunting knives. I also make a couple variations of neck/EDC knives. The knives I make are the best that I am capable of producing and with each one I try to improve on my fit and finish of the knife.
I have listed the knives I currently have available. If you are interested in custom work please contact me.