Just got off the phone with Dellana Warren and Van Barnett. They are engaged - goona be some pretty awesome stuff comming out of that house. They will be in NY this weekend for the show. Drop by their tables and Darrel's too to see some fantastic work, if you are there and give them my best if you do not mind.
Wanted to mention that there is a write up in the current KNIVES ILLUSTRATED issue on Dellana. This entire issue is the best ever due to the variety of articles IMHO.
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Paula Easler makes minitures and some larger knives.
A maker from the 80's named Carolyn Tinker made some nice utility fixed blades.
AG Russell sometimes has a few in his used catalog "The Cutting Edge"
I have met Dellana, Gottage, and Draper.
There work is all completely different.
Dellana's stuff is amazingly beautiful with Damascus, stones, carving etc. Super nice. She was a goldsmith I believe.
Judy Gottage makes some nice mid-priced
liner locks and auto's-usually interframes or inlaid.
Audra Draper makes utility fixed blades and hunters that look a lot like Ed Fowlers.
(She apprenticed under him)
In my opinion her "serious" using knives are a great deal and she is a super nice lady.
You can get a REAL nice REAL sharp sheephorn
straight knife for about $250 I think.
Carolyn Tinker has been making knives for quite awhile; I first saw her work in the early 80's. She mostly has made working straight pieces to my recollection. I looked her up in the latest Knives annual; she's not taking orders presently. This usually means a demand that translates into years of waiting time for delivery. The pieces I've seen were always very practical, sensible using designs. At one time I had a yearning for one of her "Backpacker" models, but I waited too long to order; price and scarcity overwhelmed me.
Linda Chandon, (wife of Rick, who has some stuff at Arizona Custom Knives), in Mt.Shasta Calif., (P.O.Box 44, Mt.Shasta, Ca. 96067). Makes custom folders and autos in ATS-34 and stainless Damascus. Big time up and comers. Learned to make autos from the "King", Butch Vallotton.