It isn’t everyday you see someone rocking a fixed-blade as their EDC. It is even rarer to see a woman do so. A couple of weeks back, my family and I were enjoying our Saturday morning at the Knoxville Farmer’s Market, when we came across a duo busking some really good bluesy rockabilly music. The upright bass player was Olivia Garriga, and being the knife-geek that I am, I couldn’t help but notice a rustic-looking 3″ fixed blade hanging from her belt. I knew there had to be a story behind it, so I grabbed one of their cards (they are know as Outlaw Ritual) and dropped them an email that evening. It turns out that Olivia is a smith, and she sells her hand-forged knives through her Etsy store . The knife I saw was one of her creations.
I will let Oliva tell you more about her knives and knifemaking philosophy in our latest installment of “5 from the Grinder“.
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
My name is Olivia Garriga. I am a self taught knifemaker living in Knoxville, Tennessee. My obsession with knives started as far back as I can remember. I could never afford to buy handmade quality blades, so i started to make my own. From there my obsession and passion for making knives grew.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
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?