Rotella, Richard A.

I made my first knife in 1976 burning out my Dads electric drill onto which I mounted a hard grinding wheel and clamped up in a vise. It wasn?t much to look at but I still have it and use it all the time. I operate out of a very small one man shop in my garage making knives part time. I am self-taught but have learned a lot from trial and error and books since there was no how-to videos or the internet when I got started. I make stock removal sheath knives from 154cm, 154cpm, ATS-34 and 440c stain resistant steel heat treated by professionals which is the only operation I don?t do myself. I love exotic hardwood and micarta for handles. Bob Loveless and S.R. Johnson are a huge influence and even though I have only seen photos of their beautiful knives I hope to someday reach the quality of knife making they have set the bar to. I do make some knives of my own designs although they feature similar construction techniques. I strive for a highly finished knife; they are handmade and are meant to be enjoyed with the naked eye not a microscope. I just try to make each one better than the last one for as long as I am able to work. I do not have a website and make and sell about 40 knives a year. I am a Sewer/Water Maintenance Superintendent and hope to make more knives when I retire in a few years. You and I have something in common we love knives! I think of what they represent to our history as a species almost every time I make or use one and thank God for giving me the ability to fashion such a useful thing.

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  1. Boot Fighter - Loveless Style
    Boot Fighter - Loveless Style
    By: Rotella, Richard A.
    Date Added: 01/16/17
    Price: $445.00 Sale Price: $390.00
  2. 4" Drop Point Hunter
    4" Drop Point Hunter
    By: Rotella, Richard A.
    Date Added: 11/28/16
    Price: $295.00 Sale Price: $255.00
  3. 6" Fighter - Loveless Style
    6" Fighter - Loveless Style
    By: Rotella, Richard A.
    Date Added: 08/15/16
    Price: $475.00 Sale Price: $400.00
  4. 4 3/4" Utility Hunter - Loveless Style
    4 3/4" Utility Hunter - Loveless Style
    By: Rotella, Richard A.
    Date Added: 12/09/15
    Price: $265.00
  5. 4 3/4" Chute Knife - Loveless Style
    4 3/4" Chute Knife - Loveless Style
    By: Rotella, Richard A.
    Date Added: 07/15/15
    Price: $445.00

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