We are always looking for new knifemakers to participate in our 5 from the Grinder series. We actively encourage our readers to suggest smiths with whom they are familiar and help us connect with them. Andy Morrow of Goatneck Custom Knives is definitely familiar to the one who helped us connect -his dad. Nothing wrong with that at all.
Andy is still a part-time smith, having “gone-pro” not terribly long ago. However,he made his first blade at 11, and turns out some really nicely forged blades. They have a unique style, blending east and west, but I will let Andy tell you about them himself.
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
Hi, my name is Andy Morrow, the founder and sole maker of Goatneck Knives based out of the tiny community of Goatneck, Texas on the Brazos river. I made my first knife at age 11 after receiving a bench grinder as a birthday present. I am a part time knife maker committed to doing all the work myself. From forging and grinding to heat treat and finishing I strive to make quality blades that will be carried and used.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
My biggest knifemaking influences are Nick Wheeler, Trollsky knives and Shawn Hatcher. Not just for their skill or style but because they took the time to share their knowledge in a YouTube video or forum post for others to learn from. My mentor would have to be my grandfather who was an amazingly talented maker of many things
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
The style of blade that speaks to me the most is the kiridashi. My main motivation in knifemaking is to create a tool that you will carry and use. The simple utility of the forged dashi with a western style center ground bevel is my favorite blade.
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
I really like the ability through social media for the end user to see the creation of their blade. I think that connection between maker and customer is what is next as people seek out handmade,unique items from skilled craftsmen.
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?
The blade I am most proud of is my belt & bush knife. It is a short, drop point blade with a tall flat grind. The curve of the handle just feels right in the hand.
Question 5: What is your EDC and why?
I have a deep love of little forged blades. I usually have a little dashi slipped into my pants pocket or on a neck sheath.
The best place to see Andy’s work is his Instagram page (@goatneckcustomknives). His website (www.goatneckcustomknives.com) just went live recently, and is still a work in progress. It does contain an online store where one can purchase a blade directly from him.