Photos by Brian Verling.

The music on this page is "One Step a McGee" by Dennis Stroughmatt.  Contact Dennis at

Greetings friend,

Welcome to my camp. Grab yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and sit a spell by the fire. Let me tell you a little about myself.

I've been making knives for about 10 years, give or take. You see, ever since I was a youngster, whether I was working on the family horse farm or running through the woods near my boyhood home, I always carried a knife.

I started making knives as a result of meeting a blacksmith at a rendezvous. He made knives, tomahawks, and all the other iron objects a smith makes. I asked him if he would teach me, and he agreed, but only on the condition that I learn traditional blacksmithing, not just knife making.

I'm a Journeyman Smith with the American Bladesmith Society, which means I forge most of my blades. I make historically-inspired knives from plain and hard working to fancier show pieces. Every knife I forge is made from high carbon steel-- you won't find any stainless here!

So, take your time and wander around my camp some. If you have a question, comment or want to buy something, e-mail me.

Now for some of the business stuff:

All items posted here are available on a first come/first served basis. I don't take plastic, so as soon as you decide on something e-mail me and I'll hold it until you send a check and it clears. The shipping prices are listed below.

Don't forget to check back from time to time; things will always be changing.

If it's a question you have, I'll try to answer it right away. Of course, that's if I'm not out with my flintlock or longbow. Otherwise, it may take a day or so to get back to you!


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Shipping and Handling Fees*

Merchandise Total Fee
Up to $49.99 $5.99
$50.00-$99.99 $7.49
$100.00-$199.99 $8.49
$200.00-$299.99 $9.99
$300.00-$399.99 $11.99
$400.00-$499.99 $13.99
$500.00+ $15.99
*International buyers: Please contact me for shipping rates

Note to my fellow settlers: Please add 8.5% sales tax to items shipped within Illinois.