Meet Howling Moon Knives, Georgia

Tell us a bit about you: what do you offer or make?

I make a wide range of knives such as neck knives (which is what really took off for me at first) and several different hunting knives (which is what I sell more of now).

I also do EDC blades and have started building liner lock folders recently.

How’d you get into knife making?

When I was a kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old, my grandfather introduced me to knives by teaching me to sharpen an old Case knife on a whetstone.

I still have both the knife and the stone, and with that an addiction was born.

From there on my love for mankind’s oldest tool grew. When I discovered the world of custom knives 10 years ago I wanted one so bad I could taste it but could never afford one.

So, 2 years ago I bit the bullet and tried my hand at making a custom knife for myself and it was all down hill from there.

What steps do you do yourself?

The only thing I outsource is leather sheaths. Everything else I do myself: design, grinding, heat treat, finish work, and kydex sheaths are all done in-house.

What’s your favorite and least favorite part of making knives (and why)?

My favorite part is shaping the handles, that’s when the knife really comes to life.

The handle is where you connect with a knife.

I’m pretty sure most other makers would agree with me when I say kydex work is the worst part of knife making.

What do you find more exciting about the handle?

Well, I do stock removal and I don’t forge yet (though I am learning). So up until I get the handle on and shaped it’s just a piece of steel.

With the handle shape you can really affect the life of the knife. A handle can be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen—but if it’s uncomfortable to hold you aren’t likely to use that knife. Compare that to something that is as ugly as sin but fits your hand like a missing puzzle piece!

The handle is where you connect with a knife.

Your favorite knife and why?

The favorite knife I own is my @EtowahValleyKnives Nova.

The Nova

The Nova is just a beautiful knife and fits in the hand well and takes a beating. The stonewash and performance of the 1084 matched with the stunning scales from @flyingsharkknives is just a hard thing to beat.

Any knife maker you admire or who inspired you?

@EtowahValleyKnives

@chumneyknives

@septem_knives

Want to give someone a shoutout?

My good friend @atlasbladeco.

The incredible leather that does my leather sheaths @cherokeecountyleather

Where can we learn more about you?

I’m working on a website but for now just my Instagram: @howlingmoonknives

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