Ever since I can remember I have had a fascination with knives. My grandfather gave me my first pocketknife when I was 5, and it was that moment that did it. I started making knives by taking apart my mothers kitchen knives. My parents thought that there was something ""wrong"" with me because I had a fascination with sharp objects. That all changed when I took them to a local knife show and showed them a whole room of people interested in knives. I seriously began making knives when I was 16. I am now 36 years old and have been making knives for 20 years. For the past 10 years I have mainly concentrated on making folding knives and automatics.
I mainly concentrate on making one-of-a-kind folding knives of my own design, but I do occasionally make a few fixed blades.
I was the winner of the best custom folder award at the 2004 Shenandoah Valley Knife show.
I was the winner of the best custom folder award at the 2007 Wolverine Knife show.
I specialize in unique filework patterns, and I also do simple carving and some of my own sheath work.
For steels I mostly use Damascus, but also use 154CM, CPM154, D-2, 1095, W-2 and others.
Handle materials include Exotic Woods, Stag, Pearl, and various types of Ivories including Elephant, Mammoth, and Walrus. Visit this maker's website: Gedraitis Hand Crafted Knives