stellanwoody1 on Jul 29, 2014
compliments the knife perfectly
stellanwoody1 on Jul 29, 2014
beautiful, functional and I will have this forever
The Spirit and song of the outdoors Spurs me on.
“I could carry, paddle, walk and sing with any man I ever saw. I have been twenty-four years a canoe man, and forty-one years in service; no portage was ever too long for me, fifty songs could I sing. I have saved the lives of ten voyageurs, have had twelve wives and six running dogs. I spent all of my money in pleasure. Were I young again, I would spend my life the same way over. There is no life so happy as a voyageur’s life!”
The Voyageurs were a group of rugged men, mostly French Canadians, that spent their lives traveling up and down the rivers of Canada and the northern Mid-west. Living out of doors making their living transporting furs in from the wilderness.
I do my best to pour the spirit of these men into every knife I make, and I am honored when someone chooses one of my blades for exploring their world, and making their own journey.
My name is Rob... I make knives for people that like to use them. I don’t make custom art pieces that sit in display cases, though I think my knives are beautiful, I don’t make knives that you’re afraid to use. I make knives that are meant to be taken with you on your adventures into the wilderness, be it “The Great North Woods” or just your Back Yard.
I have always been a knife junky. Ever since I was a kid. I remember sneaking knives from kitchen drawers and hiding them away. I had a collection of some of the worst dullest cheapest knives on the planet. Once while I was signed up to be a page at the state capitol my father wisely asked for my knife before he left me for the day, I begrudgedly turned it over to him... He then asked for the other one... And the other one... How he knew I’ll never know but one thing's for sure. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with knives.
I’d always had a passion for trying to make knives. I dabbled in forging when I was a kid but it wasn’t until I began working night shift on a very boring job that I began to explore how knives were made. When you love something you want to see how it comes to life, so for two and a half years (without realizing I was really doing it.) I studied how knives were made. Along the way I dabbled with making until one day it all just clicked. When my father in-law passed away I was given all his tools. There I saw in that old shed everything I needed to make my own knives. So I sold prized 1978 Guild Acoustic for the start up cash to purchase what equipment that I did not have. and the rest is in the pictures.
I am a one man operation. I make a lot of my own equipment. I use locally sourced and reclaimed handle materials whenever possible.
I find that I really enjoy every aspect of knife making. So much so that I often find myself singing while I’m making a blade. (Those knives always turn out the best.)
I make all of my knives from US foundered 01 tool steel.
All of my handle woods are sourced from a local friend. He has land and cuts his own timber and I get his cut offs and pieces with interesting grain. Good for knives bad for building. I only take the pretty stuff.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
Rob Killebrew Lives and works in western Indiana. He is a Husband, father, knife maker, and musician. He also makes one hell of a meatloaf.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards