Early on in my learning adventure, I had the extreme fortune to meet and become a bothersome "understudy" of world class Damascus and Knifemaker Jerry Rados. Put simply, Jerry has forgotten more about knifemaking than most makers will ever learn. Jerry has taught me many things in the years I have known him, and they can be seen often in the knives I produce. The one lesson that stands above them all is, in his words, "Every knife you make, make it the best you can!"
At "The Blade Show" of 2008, after four years association with the ABS, I submitted five knives to a panel of Master Smith Judges and was granted my "Journeyman Smith" ranking in the American Bladesmith Society.
I make all of my knives to be hard-working, everyday, usable knives for the outdoor enthusiast. (But feel free to put them away and pass them down to the next generation just as you received it from me!)
If you would like any pictures sent directly to you, or if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Karl@andersenforge.com.
Again thank you for your interest!
Karl B. Andersen
She is the star by which I set my compass.
There is a little bit of my Father in every knife I make, and it is to his memory that I have dedicated my knifemaking endeavours.
He walks beside me every time I enter the woods, and I know he's looking over my shoulder at every knife I make!
Thanks, Mom and Dad!