Today’s featured knifemaker is not one I met at BLADE Show, rather someone whose work I have become familiar with through interactions on social media. It was the knife below, which is still a work in progress, that first caught my eye. He shared it to a Facebook group when it was still just a blank, but I am a sucker for a Wharncliffe blade. As a commenter on his post said, “I need that into my life”. It isn’t even one of the pictures he sent me to feature. I just really like it. He lists Walter Brend as one of his influences. I can see it in the grind-style of this knife.
I will let Daniel take it from here…
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
My name is Daniel Pica and I am the owner of Screech Owl Knives, a one-man custom knife shop located in central North Carolina. I first started making knives after my Uncle gave me my first custom knife as a gift for my college graduation. It was then that I realized knives can be beautiful works of art. Being an avid outdoorsman and a craftsman, it only made sense to me to try my hand at making knives.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
My biggest influences are Bob Loveless, Bob Terzuola, Walter Brend and the Jones Brothers. I do not have any mentors but benefit greatly from attending meetings at the North Carolina Knifemakers Guild.
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
That would be a toss up between a clip-point bowie, a tanto and a seax.
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
I believe that traditionally forged, ABS syle knives are going to be making a come back. I also believe that folders will remain hot.
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?
Probably my knives designed and made for the sportsman. Besides making knives, hunting and fishing are also passions of mine.
Question 5: What is your EDC and why?
My Critter model with a bowie style clip point blade. I love the size of the blade and how easy it is to carry for a fix blade. Also the flat grind is a great choice for EDC with this model.