Treeman Knives, the original J. Behring Handmade began in 1998 as a one-man operation dealing in antique knives such as Marbles, Ruanas, Randalls, and many others across the country and throughout the world. I have bought and sold thousands of knives over the years, but I was always fascinated with William Scagel knives. Then one day I decided to try and make my own replica in the traditional Scagel style with some influence from MSA Co, Ruana, and Randall. I soaked up as much information as I could and then bought my first upright grinder and a few other must have knife-making tools and got to work. Having a background in the forging die trades from years past, I comfortably knew my way around grinding and finishing metal. I finished my first small batch of knives and took them to a local show in Michigan. Paul Baush from A G Russel knives bought all my knives. In that moment, that was it! I bought several belt grinders, buffers, ovens, a gas forge, anvils, and the list went on. I then added on to the shop and built an office where my wife, Deanna, and I still work today. I made more and more knives and they continued to sell. I worked hard to create my own quality style and design. It was seven days a week with 10 to 12-hour days for nearly 7 years of nonstop dealing, making, and selling all sorts of knives and build the Treeman name . I attended as many as 25 shows per year across the country in order to promote my business, buy and sell knives, as well as meet and greet people from all over. The rest is history. I have been a fulltime knife maker ever since and have made several thousand knives to date.
In 2009, I got a call from Navy Seal, Eric, and his buddy Tony. They asked me to make them a few heavy-duty combat tactical fighter knives. We worked out a design and it was then that the Ultra Phalanx was born. I then produced more for other Navy Seals they new and slowly the word got out. Naturally, the tactical line of Treeman Knives ®, known as the Treeman Combat line, was created. Today we sell many more patterns in many different variations in a multitude of blade finishes and handle materials. They are used by law enforcement, Special Forces, Seals, operators, outdoor enthusiasts, and survivalists from around the world.