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Custom knife makers in Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Morrow, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    I'm interested in finding some custom knife makers in Pennsylvania. Preferably eastern Pa. Google didn't turn much up. I'm in the market for my first custom but definately would want to handle it first. Thanks for any info provided.
  2. sleyer


    Feb 13, 2005
    Heres a few you could check out.
    Tom Anderson
    Rob Hudson
    Bud Nealy
    Ray Rybar
    Jim Sinclair
    Ken Steigerwalt
  3. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    Thank you for the info. The closest thing to what I'm looking for was the Bud Nealy camp knife. The other makers had some fantastic looking pieces...some so nice I'd be afraid to carry it. It's my sole intention to get a custom FB user to use hard. I should have been more specific as to what I was looking for in my initial post.

  4. bandaidman

    bandaidman Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2001
    i would recommend going to a knife show

    you would be able to see a wide range of makers from all over the country

    travelling to individual makers shops might be a low yield endeavor
  5. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    I've looked for those around here as well. We seem to have one "well known" knife and gun show a year. I've not found any other shows within driving distance.

  6. lb14306


    Feb 6, 2005
  7. Chuck Ward

    Chuck Ward

    Mar 18, 2006
    Check out J. Neilson. He does very clean work and is a heck of a nice guy to boot. His wife Tess handles the sheath making and she does top notch work as well.


  8. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    We have a winner. :) This is exactly what i was looking for. The B.U.K. he offers is perfectly suited to what I wanted.

    Again....thanks for the info.

  9. butcher_block

    butcher_block KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2004
    well dam i guess im late to the game but thats cool j is a good guy
  10. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    Late? Ha...I think not. I've also been looking for custom kitchen cutlery. :) The maple burl chef knives on your site are just awesome. I was drooling over a couple of hunters as well. I'll be in touch shortly to ask the 30 or 40 questions I have. ;)

  11. The promoter of the Timonium custom knife show is working on a Harrisburg show for makers for next May. I see that you already made a great decision, but LR Harner is close to you near Hanover, and Bud Nealy is in Stroudsburg, pretty close to Lancaster.
  12. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    Thank you for "bringing sexy back" I've missed it. :)

    LR Harner posted above (butcher_block) and I've emailed him. Super nice looking stuff.

    Thanks for the info on the show. I'll keep a eye out for additional info.

  13. Steven Andrews

    Steven Andrews

    Apr 7, 2002
    Joel C Bolden in Port Matilda makes a beautiful knife and is a pleasure to deal with. I own one of his #1 Utilities in D2:

  14. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson

    Feb 6, 2001
    Mr. Harner there definitely makes some nice stuff. I've got one on the way from him myself.

    Raymond Rybar moved to Arizona a few years ago. Still a very nice gentleman though.
  15. LaBella

    LaBella ←JerzeeDevil→ Moderator

    Jan 12, 2003
    J. is in PA!

    Butch is good as well! I like all those Devilz
  16. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson

    Feb 6, 2001
    Let's get Rob Deker (Deker on this forum) on the list as well. :thumbup:
  17. sexxxyboi34


    Jul 5, 2007
    Does anyone know of a knifemaker in Saylorsburg? My sister told me that he lives right up the road from her, but I have no idea if he is a big name or what. Any information would be appreciated.
  18. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    There is a small knife show near you in the Lacaster County area. Last year it was in early August and this year early June. I think it's called "Dutchland Knife Show."
  19. deker


    Nov 14, 2005
    Uh oh, I guess that means I have to get into the shop and finish some knives! :eek:

    I'd suggest to you that the Chesapeake Knife show in Timonium, MD in December is definitely worth the drive. With any luck it'll be my first show as well :)

  20. Chefget

    Chefget Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 1998
    I highly recommend Butch Harner for a Kitchen Knife (love mine)!


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