Crawford, Pat & Wes
Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of the bladesmith's craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Pat, a pioneer in the combat folder genre, has been a member of the Knifemakers' Guild since 1973. He was among the first to integrate titanium into his folder, and to skeletonize his frames and handles to reduce weight and enhance the grip of the knife. He uses the stock removal method, specializing in high tech, self defense tactical folders, favoring different and unique knives. Crawford handle materials include wood, ivory, stag horn, micarta, and other exotic materials which are available. They also offer options such as file work, inlays, fancy pen work and special customer requests. Pat says, "The reason I make knives is for the personal satisfaction I receive in being my own boss, and producing a thing of beauty that will stand the test of time." Pat designed the CRKT Point Guard, Crawford / Kasper Folders and Falcon series.