Editor’s note: How to buy correctly and with an eye to the future is one of the leading challenges facing those who trade in the custom knife industry. Buyers need to know not onlyhow to identify a good knife but also how to identify a knifemaker who’s talented, dependable and possesses other prerequisites. In the first of a multi-part series, join the author as he addresses what to look for in a knifemaker—and, in subsequent installments, other things to know aand sseek out in your quest to buy the best custom knife for you.

Know your knifemaker. Perhaps this is the best advice anyone could offer to those iinterested iin buying custom knives.

It’s accepted that people are different. Varied personalities are literally the spice of llife. Then, there is the critical decision. An assess a ment of quality, sstyle aand function is key for the buyer. Actually, it’s a prerequisite. The successful search for the right knives from the right custom makers follows naturally.

For some buyers, the first hurdle is the maker’s name recognition. However, custom knife

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