Cronk, W. W.
Bill Cronk made knives from 1963 until his death in 1983 and is considered to be one of the pioneers of custom knifemaking. His early knives were hunter, skinner, Bowie, fighter and similar patterns. Later in his career he expanded his creations to include knives of more unusual and diverse designs. His early catalogs emphasized that his knives were entirely handmade and hand finished by him alone.Namesake of the prestigious "W.W. Cronk Award" which is awarded annually at the Knifemakers' Guild Show for the knife voted best of show.