My name is George Trout. I started making knives in 1985. I retired from the telephone industry six years ago and have been a full time maker ever since. I use the stock removal method. About eight years ago, I discovered the wonderful world of forged knives and about three and a half years ago I started making full in integrals using a milling machine. I usually have all three types at the shows I attend and I use most common steels. I do my own heat treating and like to use handle materials like stag, ivory, wood, micarta, sheep horn, and others. I make my own sheaths individually for each knife.