About Us

Robert Farago founded The Truth About Knives in March of 2013 to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of knives. The TTAK team’s been at it ever since. We’ve built the site on word-of-mouth, strong writing, and a no-holds-barred attitude. Here’s the 411 on some of the people that do that voodoo that TTAK does so well:

Managing Editor: H. Clay Aalders (thetruthaboutknives@gmail.com)
Clay is a Tennessee fishing guide and all-around outdoorsman who uses edged tools every day at work.  He has been a TTAK contributor since the blog’s inception, and took over the reigns in April, 2014.  He reviews knives and edged tools, and keeps a keen eye on the politics of hoplophobia. Check out his day job at http://www.smokymountaingillies.com/.

Editor Emeritus: Chris Dumm

Chris has been a knife, gun and gear guy since birth. He got his first real knife, a Victorinox Tinker, at the age of seven and has rarely been without a pocketknife (where allowed by law) ever since. Chris was a long-time lurker at RF’s first website (Whose Name Shall Not Be Mentioned) and is a longtime contributor to the most widely-read gun blog on the planet, The Truth About Guns.

Associate Editor: David C. Andersen
David resides with his wife in the Washington, D.C. Metro area and has carried a knife ever since earning his Totin’ Chip as a Boy Scout. His favorite Merit Badges were Camping and Wilderness Survival, and his love of the outdoors continues to this day. A graphic designer by trade, he believes that form follows function, and appreciates knives that combine aesthetics with practicality. In 2016, David launched his own company, Nordsmith Knives, as a way to bring his ideas on knife design to market.

Nick Leghorn
Nick Leghorn is a volunteer EMT / firefighter with years of experience being rudely awoken in the middle of the night to act as a glorified taxi driver. His field of knife nerdiness is in the multi-function and rescue knives, which he uses while on duty and makes life oh so much easier. Nick is also the Testing & Reviews Editor over at TTAG, where his knife reviews usually ended with a picture of a Sig Sauer P226 to make the post seem remotely relevant to the topic of the website.

William Woods
Will is our TTAK’s knifemaker-in-residence who spends his days making wickedly cool blades we’d be writing about, if it weren’t such an obvious conflict of interest. He shares his vast knowledge of knives and knifemaking in his ‘Ask A Knife Maker’ column, and his own handiwork is on display at his website www.woodsbladeworks.com.

Nathan is TTAK’s Knife Geek in residence. We mean that with the utmost of respect for his encyclopedic knowledge of custom knifemakers, both well known and obscure. Originally hailing from California, where he grew up hiking and shooting, he now attends college in Wyoming. Having exhausted the world of production blades, his tastes now favor the higher-end customs – so long as they match their beauty and craftsmanship with functionality.

Jeremy Longmire
Jeremy is an outdoor enthusiast, hobby farmer, graphic designer, photographer, blogger, web developer, aspiring knife-maker, gear reviewer, and handy man. Creativity and attention to detail drive him to create unique digital and handmade goods. Visit longmireknives.blogspot.com/ or his YouTube Channel to find out more.

Jake Middleton
Jake remembers the first time he touched a pocket knife when he was about eight…and proceeded to slice a hole in his bedroom window screen thus letting a bat into his room that very night. He’s been hooked ever since and is particularly fond of traditional USA made fixed blades and folders. For his job as a home inspector/project manager he’s always seeking out the perfect work knife.



21 responses to ‘About Us

  1. Wow first TTAC, then TTAG but now knifes. What controversy is there about knifes? Are you scared someone is going to make a register of knifes and confiscate them??

    • Knife registration? No. But there is considerable controversy about knives, if you haven’t noticed. It’s utterly ridiculous that you can’t carry a 1″ Swiss Army Knife on an airplane, and it’s utterly ridiculous that many states make it a crime to carry a pocketknife with a four-inch blade *while you are legally carrying a loaded handgun.*

      It’s also ridiculous that a fourth-grader can be arrested for having a tiny and harmless folding knife in his backpack in school, when every student is handed a lethal (if misused) aluminum softball bat when they head out for Physical Education class.

      • That’s the exact same thing I say on my site. Be it a little pocket knife or a big bad Bowie knife, a hunk of sharp metal is illegal and taboo to carry, especially for self-defense, but it’s completely legal to carry a loaded handgun (without a permit in many states) or in places like Texas, sling an AK-47 or an AR-15 on your shoulder……..so wrong and illogical on both a moral and legal aspect. In fact, Texas is actually one of the most anti-knife carry states in America, less worse than New York and California but still up there.

  2. Hi Mike…

    Thank you for stopping by. Take a minute to browse around a bit and you will see that hoplophobia is not limited to firearms. We here at TTAK are dedicated to helping all those suffering from that terrible affliction (the first step is to admit there is a problem).

    Stick around and you will find knife and gear reviews from folks who use edged tools everyday in a wide variety of real-world situations. You will also find articles on many topics – knife construction, metallurgy, history, and Defensive Knife Use, all peppered with a generous sprinkling of humor (or so we hope).

    Welcome aboard.

    H. Clay Aalders
    TTAK Contributor

  3. Have you guys looked at this? It’s in Russian, but it seems like something that belongs on this site – fellow makes a knife out of a drill.


    Can you set up the “email us” link so it doesn’t immediately try to use Microsoft Acess, or whatever? That’s kinda annoying.

    Thank you,

  4. Hi, I’m a new user of TTAK. I was wondering how to do a review for the site. I live in Scotland so we don’t have many, but I’ve never seen any Victorinox penknife reviews, and I have two. Thanks,
    Great Scot

  5. A Professor of mine showed us a German knife used by his Grandfather, a Polish partisan fighter, which he actually used to kill four German officers.

    On the blade is engraved “Deltawerk Solingen”. It is a 4.5 inch folder with a wooden handle.

    Is there anything particularly historical about this knife or company? Or is it just a e.g. kitchen knife salvaged during the war due to a lack of access to a real tactical knife?

    • Wow how tines have changed! I went to a small highschool out in the country and I remember a few kids drove pickup trucks that had shotgun racks in then the guns were not there but I’m sure if you drove it to school they would be searching it for weapons. I have to say that kids story sounds like it could have been easily forgotten about. When I was in highschool I didn’t know what all was in my vehicle It looked like a pig pen. I had whatever sport season was at the time in my car plus school books and many other things. If I had been big into fishing and hunting I would have probably done the same thing. I understand they want schools to be safe but sometimes zero tolerance policies are to extreme. Like this story definitely sounds like silly forgetful mistake. It’s not as bad as the kid that got suspended from elementary school for playing with his food and making his sandwich look like a gun. We did use or spoons as mashed potato launchers & forks as catapults we would put peas or corn on it and then hit it sending it airborne which would have probably got us expelled now adays.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pingbacks & Trackbacks

  1. Reader Essay Contest: Knives and Bullying | The Truth About Knives