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.
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