John Carson served in the United States Army as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade during his tour in the Vietnam War and subsequently served with the Third Battalion Twelfth Special Forces. John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University. In 1979, after his service John opened and operated John Carson Ironworks. John started Carson Knives in 2006 where he handcrafted and manufactured custom knives. John passed away in 2012.