America’s Sharpest Knife Makers

Knife collecting and a trend toward EDC has exploded in popularity over the past five years and some of the best folding and fixed blades are fabricated in the US, where design and function have come together in incredible ways. Five blade-makers to explore include:

Pohan Leu

Po is a master bladesmith from Texas. He is known for blending Japanese heritage with modern folding knife technology.

Holt Bladeworks

Based in Iowa, The Holts took the knife world by storm when they released the “Specter”. Their latest model, “Haptic”, continues their legacy of crafting modern, precise blades.

J. Oeser Custom Knives

Based in Utah, Jared Oeser creates elegant, gentleman-style, pocket knives featuring unique materials and blade shapes. He builds and sells in small batches for a handcrafted finish.


Based in Pennsylvania, Geoff Blauvelt (aka TuffKnives) creates knives that combine aesthetics and function. Due to market demand, TuffKnives evolved from knife redesigns to fully customized originals,

Richard Rogers Knives

Richard Rogers is one of the most prolific knife makers in the world. His fine fit and finish and precise blade action define his art. When he releases a new model, the knife collecting world skips a beat.