5 From the Grinder

“5 From The Grinder” – A New Feature and an Open Invitation

(Note: it has been almost a year since we first sent out this invitation, so we are no longer “announcing a new feature”, rather we are opening the floor for more to take part.  If you would like to see all of the makers who have participated, you can see the complete “5ftG” archive here.)

We here at TTAK are pleased to announce a new recurring-feature we are calling “5 From the Grinder.” In this series we will be bringing together you and knifemakers from all over the knife world, from established names to those just starting out. We will be asking each maker to introduce themselves and answer a set of questions brainstormed by Clay and myself.


First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.

Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?

Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?

Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?

Question 4: Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?

Question 5: What is your EDC and why?


We are very excited about this new series. We have several ready to go, and will be running three this week to kick of the feature! Look for posts from L.T. Wright, Caleb White, and Jeremy Longmire this week, and more to follow shortly.

Let us know what you think of the idea/name/questions and please leave some love for the makers in the comments as the posts come out. Especially for those without broad audiences, the feedback can be very gratifying!

Additionally, we would like to extend an open invitation to any knifemakers who would like to participate. If you are a maker, or know one who would like to take part, please drop us an email at thetruthaboutknives@gmail.com. We hope you enjoy!

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