About Me



All my life I have been a maker of many things, a jack-of-all-trades if you will. The idea of making a knife had been with me for a long time. Ever since I was a small boy I have always carried a knife, to me it was an Indispensable tool, never to be without. Later on in years, it was a good friend & hunting partner who finally got me started in knife making, though he was unaware of it. Every time we went hunting he would tell anyone who would listen about his knife, an old Rudy Ruana. The knife I carried at that time was nothing special, so one day after hearing one of his stories for umpteenth time I decided to make a knife of my own. I was going to apply all my crafting skills to this task. Little did I know that what I was plunging into was first going to evolve from a hobby, to an obsession, to something that would become my livelihood.

That first knife was made from scavenged materials. A chainsaw bar for the blade, a copper electrode was made into the guard, the handle cut from an old rosewood picture frame. It took months of trial and error to finish that knife, but Upon completion of the first, I felt challenged to make another, but better. This is and always will be my creed. I promise to deliver each knife better than the last. That is the true challenge of what drives me today, to deliver the best I can. So I will go any length to ensure satisfaction and deliver what is truly a hand crafted knife.

My choice of materials for my knives are natural and exotic handle materials such as pearl, bone, ivory or fine burlwood combined with a Damascus blade. All my knives are made by stock-removal, free hand ground and hand finished. I do not work off of set patterns, but from a simple drawing. This takes a little more time but it also allows me to be more creative and have full control to make slight changes to each custom knife, obviously as result no two knives are ever identical. My first knife was it was once described by another knifemaker as organic in design. My basic designs still reflect that organic flow, graceful curves and a minimum of straight lines. I maintain sole authorship on all my knives with the exception of the Damascus I use and heat-treating of stainless steels. Like many makers I began with fixed blades, as I gained skills I moved into folders, then autos. Lately I have taken to building my folders with all the screws hidden.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to putting together a fine hand crafted knife for you.

Stan Wilson



What Others are saying...


" I have a most fortunate job--photographing some of the world's finest handmade custom knives. Because of such, I have had a chance to handle work from the most noted makers in the industry. Stan's fitment, material selection, and his sense of design rivals, if not exceeds, maker's whose work is worth triple what he is asking for his work. Do not delay the call to him to order what will likely be one of your most gratifying and valuable custom knife purchases."

Jim Cooper   - www.SharpByCoop.com

" From a purveyors point of view many collectors at the shows gravitate directly to his work and are plesantly surprised at how well the knife is constructed, designed and feels in the hand. His choice of premium materials, attention to detail, fit and finish as well as price point are all strong factors which add up to excellent value. It is a pleasure to display his work amongst some of the best knife makers in the industry "

Michael Donato, Purveyor of Fine Custom Knives


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