For as long as I can remember, I have loved knives and anything that my mother found dangerous!
I have been making knives part-time since 2003. When I first started out, I had minimal tools to use including a 4"x36" belt sander my wife (then girlfriend) bought me for wood working. Prior to my first belt sander, I used an angle grinder which i eventually realized, didn't work for me.
I started heat treating knives in an open air coal forge, not really understanding what was involved in heat-treating the Air-Hardening tool steel I currently use today. The knives came out hard, but heat-treated unevenly. I decided more than a year later to invest in an electric kiln and I have never looked back. I do all my heat-treating, cutting and shaping of the steel. Every blade is sharpened to beyond what is actually necessary as a cutting tool.