“5 from the Grinder” with Douglas Loven (Broken Anvil Blades)

Douglas Loven blades

While there are sure to be a plethora of new 5 from the Grinder entries coming out of new Blade Show contacts, today’s featured knifemaker is actually a contact through a Facebook group we are both a part of. I liked his work and he made me chuckle in a comment on a post, so I reached out and before I knew it he had send in his answers and I was ready to pull together the post. So I turn the floor over to Doug Loven of Broken Anvil Blades. Enjoy.

First, in a few words tell us about yourself and what led you to making knives:

My name is Douglas Loven, and I have been knife making for over 2 years now.  When I first started I did it at as way to relax and de-stress.  As time went on and I kept getting orders I noticed that people wanted affordable, simple knives that they could use in everyday life. I decided then that my target customer was the working person.  The price gap from cheap store-bought to custom forged was just crazy-wide.  I fit right in there at a price point that people can afford and still have custom quality.

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

I cant really say anyone influenced me and my only mentor is internet videos and trial and error.


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

I love a good drop point knife.  As far as history goes, I love the Scottish Claymore, its not exactly a knife but hey.



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

I see the market coming back around to functional knives that have a purpose, or maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part.


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?

To understand me is to hold one of my knives, its comfortable, simple and gets the job done.


Question 5: What is your EDC and why?

This you may find funny, I have a 3 inch fixed blade that I made a while back the handle is a spent .50 cal brass.  I use it because its small, simple and a cool conversation starter.


If you want to see more of Douglas’s work, check out the Broken Anvil Blades website, YouTube Channel, or Facebook page.

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  1. George Piegols - Knives,By George says:

    “people wanted affordable, simple knives that they could use in everyday life” I agree completely, every one wants a ‘bragging knife” to show off but uses a small utility knife every day. The everyday knife market is there but doesn’t get much press. Your knives have simple lines and classic visual appeal. Keep up the good work!!

    1. Douglas says:


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