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Important Info! Deceased makers

Kevin Morris

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Heinz Leber?

I was given a pretty comprehensive list of makers who are no longer with us by Joe Drouin before he passed away. I have added to it until I lost the list in my computer a few years ago. I want to bring the list of deceased makers up to date and need any names of makers who have passed away in the past ten years. If you can help me, please post in this thread and if you know what year they passed, please add the date also. I hope to build a web site soon dedicated to all of the makers who have gone before us to honor their memory and to preserve their work and legacy. Feel free to post in this thread and I will bump it up once a month for updates.

Thanks,
Bobby


Agee, Bill Oct, 1993
Alden, Ken April, 1996
Applebaugh, John 1997
Appleton, Ray
Bardsley, Norman Dec, 2011
Barefoot, Joe
Barton, Al ?
Bartrug, Hugh - MS on Oct. 25 2009
Bennett, William ?
Blackton, Andy - 05/2007
Bold, Stu
Bourne, H. Gardner ?
Bradichansky, Eduard
Brandstetter, Larry ?
Brdlik, Dan E
Brignadello, Ed Nov, 1999
Brightwell, Mark ?
Broughton, Don Feb, 1999
Callan, Pete 1973
Carlson, Kelly
Centofante, Frank 2009
Chavar, Ed 11/2008
Cole, Dave - 2011
Collins, Alex ?
Collins, Blackie - 2011
Condron, Mark - 07/2004
Cooper, John Nelson Sept 1987
Cross, John ?
Cronk, Bill 1983
DeFreest, William (Gordon) 2005
Dennehy, Dan
Descy, Alain - 21/01/2011
Draper, Harvey Oct, 1982
Draper, Kent May 1997
Easler, Paula
Easler, Russell
Embry, Brad 01/2001
Ence, Jim - 2010
Enders, Bob Dec, 1999
Engath, Bob Dec. 1998
England, Mike
Englebretsen, George
Fecas, Steve
Fischer, Clyde ?
Freeman, John
Fujimoto, Yasuhiro ?
Gaston, Ron - 2009
Geffert, George Early 70’s
Gibson, James "Hoot" 08/2011
Gillenwater, E 1994
Guignard, Gib July, 2005
Hajovsky,Bob 1999
Hancock, Ronald ?
Hand, James, M.D. ?
Hanson, Royal Oct,1985
Hardenbrook, Jim Oct,1983
Hartsfield, Phill
Hastings, Don Sept, 1986
Hawk, Joe May 13, 1999
Hayes, Bob ?
Heath, C.M. (Pete) 1978
Hegedus, Lou - Sept 15, 1990
Hendricks, Lorenzo (Larry) Jan, 1989
Henry, D.E. May,1993
Herron, George 2, 2007
Hicks, Vernon W. April, 1993
Heitler, Henry - 07/2011
Hodgson, Dick 2006
Holt, Richard 2012
Hornby, Glen 1995
Horrigan, Robert
Hubbard, Authur July, 1999
Hudson, Stew - 12/2008
Hueske, Chubby May, 1991
Joe Huddleston, Joe ?
Hartsfield, Phill - May, 2010
Hurst, T. Gerald ?
Jirik, Sid ?
Johnson, Ruffin (El Lobo Solo) 11/24/2011
Jones, Bob 3-06
Jones, Jon ?
Kendrick, Dan - 3-2012
Kirk, Jon 1999
Klingbeil, Russell - 01/2004
Kneubueler, Walt June, 1982
Koval, Mick ?
Kruse, Martin
Lange, Donald ?
Levine, Norman 1995
Lile, Jimmy May, 1991
Little, Ron 1977
Love, A.C. ?
Loveless, Bob
Ludwig, Bob ?
Lum, Bob - 12/4/07
Mar, Al Oct, 1992
May, James ?
Marshall, Glenn September 18 2010
Martin, Jim ?
Mattis, James ?
Mayhall, A.M. ?
McCarty, Zollan ?
McBurnette, Harvey June, 1997
McEvoy, Harry 1992
McIntosh, David ?
Mead, Faustina - 04/2011
Mendenhall, Harry ?
Miller, Ron April, 1995
Montjoy, Claude 9-23-2011
Moran, William F. (Bill) February, 12, 2006
Morseth, Harry Oct, 1967
Morseth, Steve 1995
Murphy, Dave ?
Naifeh, Woody
Nolen, Jim, 1980 ?
Norris Don 7/6/08
Norton, Frank ?
Ogg, Bob May 4th, 1999
Oleson, Bob ?
Oliver, Milford March, 1993
Orcutt, Wally ?
Osborn, Gene 2011
Owens, Dan May, 1995
Palmer, Howard ?
Pass, W.C. Nov, 1993
Perkins, Eldon 2011
Poletis, Jerry Dec, 1999
Polkowski, Al
Porter, James July, 1998
Poythress, John ? 2005
Potter, Frank 2005?
Pratt, Charlie, April, 1997 ?
Pullen, Martin ?
Pugh, Jim - 8-2012
Randall, W.D. (Bo) Dec, 1989
Richtig, Frank 1977
Riddle, Roland
Rippy, Robert
Roath, Dean ?
Rollins, Harold 1983
Ruana, R.H. (Rudy) April, 1986
Samson, Jody December 27, 2008
Scagel, William Wales 1963
Schmidt, James - July 20, 2000
Seguine, Merle After, 1975
Selvidio, Ralph 2005?
Sidelinger, Robert 1999
Sigman, Corbet 2006?
Sinyard, Cleston Elberta, AL 8-2009
Simonich, Rob Nov-2003
Sisemore, Charlie Feb, 1995
Simonich, Rob ?
Skow, Tex
Smith, Ed ?
Sonnerville ?
Stewart, Chuck Dec, 1997
Stockdale, Walt
Stone, G.W. Early, 1991
St Cyr, Red - August 6 2012
Sye, George Lee 1982
Takahashi, Masao 2/2013
Taylor, Scott MS, Feb, 2005
Thomas, Henry Luke After 1974
Tichbourne, George
Tinker, Carolyn April, 1999
Toon, Argel 1977
Treiber, Leon 11/14/2010
Underwood,Bill ?
Vachon, Yvon
Valois, Dan
Vought, Frank 1995
Warenski, Buster 2005
Watson, Red April, 1975
Wilson, Gordon ?
Williams, W.C. 1978
Worel, Joe June, 1989
Zaccagnino Dec, 1994
 
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While not a knife maker himself Conrad "Ben" Baker was the Father of the Vietnam era SOG Knife. Ben worked for CISO (Counter Insurgency Support Office) and made many trips to Vietnam, even going on patrols to make sure the gear they were buying/developing worked. Ben passed early on the morning of 16 Dec 2019. RIP. John
 
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Mark Reich one of our HEPK Masters from Belle Fouche South Dakota just passed away today, he was a great friend and supreme knife maker, he will be missed!
 

Joss

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Keith Larman, polisher of (mostly) US-made Japanese style swords and a sometimes contributor here, passed away a few days ago on Jan 24. He had been in the hospital for several months, first due to acute pancreatitis, then sepsis, according to a Facebook post by his friend ABS Mastersmith Howard Clark.

You can see some of his work on his site:
http://summerchild.com/summer.html

I have at least three pieces he polished for me. He was someone I had a lot of respect for.
 
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Jerry Grice passed October 2004, my father.

Mom passed a year ago and now we can finally work on selling his stuff. I will be bringing some of his knives, scales, mammoth, and supplies to the Blade Show this year. I have so much stuff I reserved a table to sell.
 

Ron Sabbagh

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perhaps someone can verify .. I heard Jay Harris from the San Francisco area passed...


Also Igor Shirogorov died in a car crash 2015. Primarily known for Shirogorov Brothers production knives, he was a consummate designer and made a helluva custom knife.
 

Lorien

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I just found out that Peter Marzitelli passed away in May 2019.

Peter was one of the first people that I got to know in the custom knife world and we worked together on my first real design project. Basically, he opened the door to the world of custom knives for me and I will always be thankful for the role that he played in my life.

Obituary

Shop tour thread
 
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Announced yesterday the passing of Chris Marks Master smith . RIP make of great damascus for blades and bolsters.
 
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While not known to a lot of people, R. Leslie Hoag. He was my grandfather and the inspiration behind me learning the craft. His initials can be found on every blade I have ever forged. He passed away in September of 1994.
 
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I was given a pretty comprehensive list of makers who are no longer with us by Joe Drouin before he passed away. I have added to it until I lost the list in my computer a few years ago. I want to bring the list of deceased makers up to date and need any names of makers who have passed away in the past ten years. If you can help me, please post in this thread and if you know what year they passed, please add the date also. I hope to build a web site soon dedicated to all of the makers who have gone before us to honor their memory and to preserve their work and legacy. Feel free to post in this thread and I will bump it up once a month for updates.

Thanks,
Bobby


Agee, Bill Oct, 1993
Alden, Ken April, 1996
Applebaugh, John 1997
Appleton, Ray
Bardsley, Norman Dec, 2011
Barefoot, Joe
Barton, Al ?
Bartrug, Hugh - MS on Oct. 25 2009
Bennett, William ?
Blackton, Andy - 05/2007
Bold, Stu
Bourne, H. Gardner ?
Bradichansky, Eduard
Brandstetter, Larry ?
Brdlik, Dan E
Brignadello, Ed Nov, 1999
Brightwell, Mark ?
Broughton, Don Feb, 1999
Callan, Pete 1973
Carlson, Kelly
Centofante, Frank 2009
Chavar, Ed 11/2008
Cole, Dave - 2011
Collins, Alex ?
Collins, Blackie - 2011
Condron, Mark - 07/2004
Cooper, John Nelson Sept 1987
Cross, John ?
Cronk, Bill 1983
DeFreest, William (Gordon) 2005
Dennehy, Dan
Descy, Alain - 21/01/2011
Draper, Harvey Oct, 1982
Draper, Kent May 1997
Easler, Paula
Easler, Russell
Embry, Brad 01/2001
Ence, Jim - 2010
Enders, Bob Dec, 1999
Engath, Bob Dec. 1998
England, Mike
Englebretsen, George
Fecas, Steve
Fischer, Clyde ?
Freeman, John
Fujimoto, Yasuhiro ?
Gaston, Ron - 2009
Geffert, George Early 70’s
Gibson, James "Hoot" 08/2011
Gillenwater, E 1994
Guignard, Gib July, 2005
Hajovsky,Bob 1999
Hancock, Ronald ?
Hand, James, M.D. ?
Hanson, Royal Oct,1985
Hardenbrook, Jim Oct,1983
Hartsfield, Phill
Hastings, Don Sept, 1986
Hawk, Joe May 13, 1999
Hayes, Bob ?
Heath, C.M. (Pete) 1978
Hegedus, Lou - Sept 15, 1990
Hendricks, Lorenzo (Larry) Jan, 1989
Henry, D.E. May,1993
Herron, George 2, 2007
Hicks, Vernon W. April, 1993
Heitler, Henry - 07/2011
Hodgson, Dick 2006
Holt, Richard 2012
Hornby, Glen 1995
Horrigan, Robert
Hubbard, Authur July, 1999
Hudson, Stew - 12/2008
Hueske, Chubby May, 1991
Joe Huddleston, Joe ?
Hartsfield, Phill - May, 2010
Hurst, T. Gerald ?
Jirik, Sid ?
Johnson, Ruffin (El Lobo Solo) 11/24/2011
Jones, Bob 3-06
Jones, Jon ?
Kendrick, Dan - 3-2012
Kirk, Jon 1999
Klingbeil, Russell - 01/2004
Kneubueler, Walt June, 1982
Koval, Mick ?
Kruse, Martin
Lange, Donald ?
Levine, Norman 1995
Lile, Jimmy May, 1991
Little, Ron 1977
Love, A.C. ?
Loveless, Bob
Ludwig, Bob ?
Lum, Bob - 12/4/07
Mar, Al Oct, 1992
May, James ?
Marshall, Glenn September 18 2010
Martin, Jim ?
Mattis, James ?
Mayhall, A.M. ?
McCarty, Zollan ?
McBurnette, Harvey June, 1997
McEvoy, Harry 1992
McIntosh, David ?
Mead, Faustina - 04/2011
Mendenhall, Harry ?
Miller, Ron April, 1995
Montjoy, Claude 9-23-2011
Moran, William F. (Bill) February, 12, 2006
Morseth, Harry Oct, 1967
Morseth, Steve 1995
Murphy, Dave ?
Naifeh, Woody
Nolen, Jim, 1980 ?
Norris Don 7/6/08
Norton, Frank ?
Ogg, Bob May 4th, 1999
Oleson, Bob ?
Oliver, Milford March, 1993
Orcutt, Wally ?
Osborn, Gene 2011
Owens, Dan May, 1995
Palmer, Howard ?
Pass, W.C. Nov, 1993
Perkins, Eldon 2011
Poletis, Jerry Dec, 1999
Polkowski, Al
Porter, James July, 1998
Poythress, John ? 2005
Potter, Frank 2005?
Pratt, Charlie, April, 1997 ?
Pullen, Martin ?
Pugh, Jim - 8-2012
Randall, W.D. (Bo) Dec, 1989
Richtig, Frank 1977
Riddle, Roland
Rippy, Robert
Roath, Dean ?
Rollins, Harold 1983
Ruana, R.H. (Rudy) April, 1986
Samson, Jody December 27, 2008
Scagel, William Wales 1963
Schmidt, James - July 20, 2000
Seguine, Merle After, 1975
Selvidio, Ralph 2005?
Sidelinger, Robert 1999
Sigman, Corbet 2006?
Sinyard, Cleston Elberta, AL 8-2009
Simonich, Rob Nov-2003
Sisemore, Charlie Feb, 1995
Simonich, Rob ?
Skow, Tex
Smith, Ed ?
Sonnerville ?
Stewart, Chuck Dec, 1997
Stockdale, Walt
Stone, G.W. Early, 1991
St Cyr, Red - August 6 2012
Sye, George Lee 1982
Takahashi, Masao 2/2013
Taylor, Scott MS, Feb, 2005
Thomas, Henry Luke After 1974
Tichbourne, George
Tinker, Carolyn April, 1999
Toon, Argel 1977
Treiber, Leon 11/14/2010
Underwood,Bill ?
Vachon, Yvon
Valois, Dan
Vought, Frank 1995
Warenski, Buster 2005
Watson, Red April, 1975
Wilson, Gordon ?
Williams, W.C. 1978
Worel, Joe June, 1989
Zaccagnino Dec, 1994
Just heard Tony Bose passed away.
Just heard Tony Bose passed away.


Tony Bose age away at age 74 cause of Death was a Heart attack.
 

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Jim Siska = A fine, quiet and talented man. EVERYONE loved this guy. Me too.

I am wistful. :(
 
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