Well as much as I didn’t know, I did end up writing this D–n article on how I became a Custom Knife Maker. Well you see, it is like this; becoming a full time custom Knifemaker is as easy as stepping off into a bucket of Good Luck and just staying right there. That simple.
My story is the same as a lot of other knife makers. As a child I was always fascinated with knives.
I grew up on a working cattle ranch is Southeast Oklahoma and let me tell you, there is always a need for a knife on a cattle ranch. At some point I found an old K-Bar Military knife on the ranch. The handle had long been destroyed. I fashioned a handle on the knife using material found on the ranch. I was about 14 years old. This had to be when I first thought about making knives.
I (John Horrigan) grew up in Belfast, Maine on our farm that had been in the family since the 1800’s. My mother had four children in three years. Yep, I know you are trying to figure it out…more to come…My sister was a year and a half older then my twin brother and I (ok there you have it), and my little brother is a year and a half younger than me. Later in life we all agreed she had to be crazy. Bob and I are separated by seven minutes. We used to tell everyone that I cleared the drop zone and Robert was a “hung jumper.” Robert and I were very close. We did everything together, and I mean everything. There wasn’t a lot that Robert and I couldn’t do when we set our mind to it.