Patrick Nihiser began making knives full time in January of 2000. It didn't take him long to gain recognition for his work, as he was judged Best New Maker at Blade Show 2001. Patrick's early creations were art knives, but he realized his heart belonged to tactical knives, and it is through his tactical work that he has enjoyed the most success. Patrick works with a variety of steel, including D2, 154 CM, CPM 154, and S30V, and prefers using man-made materials in his knives for durability. A former marine, Patrick describes his experience in the knife world as "a long hard road" but one that he truly enjoys.