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
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.

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.

David Andersen
David resides in the 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.


12 Responses to About Us

  1. Mike says:

    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??

    • Chris Dumm says:

      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.

  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. Victor says:

    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. James St. John says:

    Where do we sign up for the email list?

  5. Lisa says:

    Does Truth About Knives have a FB page?

  6. Great Scot says:

    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

  7. Duh says:

    Sorry I am dumb and this is the easiest way for me to figure out how to get new TTAK posts sent to my email!

  8. KDY says:

    Here is an auction in Va that is selling a lot of knives. You can place pre-bids on their website and they will ship the knife to you if you are the high bidder. Here is the link:

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