Damascus Hunter
Jan 29, 2012 09:24 pm

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About Me
Richard Epting 

I began knife making in 1985 after discovering Blade magazine at the bookstore. I then purchased How to Make Knives by Loveless and Barney, and thus began my addiction. I made my first three knives by hand between 1985 and 1997. Then, I heard about Johnny Stout's Guadalupe Forge Hammer In. After attending my first hammer in and watching Harvey Dean forge damascus, I was hooked. For the last sixteen years, I have been refining my skills in the art of bladesmithing and leather work.  My primary profession is as a research fabricator, which I have been doing for over 28 years. This, along with my skills as a welder and machinist, have helped me in developing my knife making skills.

In June 2003, I traveled to Blade show in Atlanta and presented a set of five Journeyman knives for review by the American Bladesmith society. I passed their tests and am now a Journeyman smith in the ABS. 

I build folders and fixed blades using high carbon steel and my own damascus. I enjoy working with natural materials such as mastodon, pearl, coral, stag and exotic hardwoods. All of my knives are made by me from start to finish. I pay great attention to the detail in my knives, both in the construction and the heat treating of the blades. I use the best materials available on the market, from steel to the handle material. I am a member of the American Bladesmith Society and the Texas Knifemakers and Collectors Association. I would like to give special thanks to Johnny Stout and Harvey Dean for hosting the Guadalupe Forge Hammer In's and all the advice they have so willingly given to me and to other knife makers.

I have had a life long love of Archery and Guns and make a variety of archery and gun accessories, which include arm guards, side quivers, back quivers, broad head protectors,  Holsters and gun belts. Other custom orders can also be made.

 

I have also added a line of wallets and bags to my leather line up as well as some neat pocket tools.