Who is "Dark Custom Knives" ?
I am an Alabama Boy that has had a fascination for knives most of my life. I have worked most of my life in the Automotive Collision Repair Industry, including the teaching of Collision Repair in an Alabama Community College for over 20 years. I worked in the administrative end at the College as an assistant Dean since 1995 At the end of December, 2006, I retired from the education system with over 32 years service.
As a teenager, I made knives in my Dad's automotive shop out of anything I could get my hands on. My dad was one of the greatest individuals I have ever known. He could do anything and encouraged me to be the best that I could be. I took existing knives and modified them, or when Dad wasn't looking, I made knives from some of his screwdrivers, ratchet extensions, or whatever else I could find. I was constantly fooling around with sharp, pointed objects. The years in the Collision Repair Industry taught me much about the properties of steels (much knowledge was gained through trial-and-error).
In 2004, I decided that I needed something to do when I retired besides sitting around waiting to "check-out". I began acquiring some knife making equipment and materials. Now, every spare moment is spent making my blades. I make knives strictly as a hobby, as I feel that I am too old to start any new business ventures. I am greatly appreciative of all the friends I have made since I began this hobby, and for their support and encouragement.
At present, I make knives by forging and stock removal methods. Most forged knives will be made from 5160, 1065, 1084, 1095, or O-1 high-carbon steel. I also use CPM S-30V and CPM 154CM Stainless, in addition to D-2. I heat treat my own blades using either my gas heat-treat forge or my Evenheat oven.
All knives on this website were made entirely by me as well as the leather sheaths (unless noted otherwise). All photos on this website were taken by me.
I appreciate your coming by for a visit. If I can help you in anyway, please let me know.