About G. Wardman Knives

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BACKGROUND

I started making knives in the early 1980's. After several years of trial and error, when most family members in my extended family possessed a 'Greg" made knife, I started making them for friends and acquantances for the cost of parts. I recall that was about 20 or 25 dollars back then. My knives developed to the point that I started selling them for parts plus some extra. It was about then that my young family, along with my real work, became my priority and I stepped away from my shop.

I retired in 2004, my kids were out on their own, my wife encouraging and so I stepped back into my shop. The knife world had moved on since the eighties, as a whole the knife makers seemed better, the customers better informed and the amount of available knife supplies and tools abundant. The learning curve was steep in the beginning and at times frustrating but the results were rewarding. Like all makers, I feel a certain sense of pride when I hold a knike that I just finished and this feeling is doubled when another person appreciates the same knife.

Once I was able to produce knives that I was satisfied with and then build an inventory, I started attending Gun & Knife shows and Knife shows in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This year (2017) starts my eighth year of attending shows.

What I work to achieve when I make a knife is a knife that has good materials, good "grinds', tight fits and a useful or pleasing design. Most knives that I produce are 'hunters' designed for use in the field. Some are finished more for the rugged use in the field and some more detailed for those that are more interested in collecting. I also make Bowies, Daggers and Sub Hilt Fighters.

The steels that I use presently are CPM154, RWL34, 440C, Elmax, S35VN, Damasteel Damascus and D2. To me there are many good knife steels. These are the ones that I like to use. The guards and butt plates are stainless steel or Brass. Handles are constructed from wood ( stabilized or natural ), horn or synthetic material. The stabilized wood is either commercially stabilized or stabilized by myself. I make my own sheaths, leather for the hunters, kydex for the neck knives.

My process is to design the blade and work it out close to it's final tolerance, this being 220 grit. The heat treating is then done by Paul Bos Heat Treating or Peters Heat Treating. The blade is then finished to it's final tolerance. I have three finishes on my blades, polished, hand rubbed (generally 1500 grit) and satin. The satin is generally on the D2 blades or the S35VN blades.

If you purchase one of my knives, I want you to be satisfied with the knife. I hope that you will fit your expectations on how you want the knife to perform with the stlye of the knife. Please feel free to contact me with questions in regards to my knives.

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