The Early Days
KI: How long have you been making knives?
JH: Since childhood, but selling them since 2004.
KI: What got you started in this field?
JH: The need for a high-quality knife in a specific design for field work. A big chopper, chopping the heads off of fish for otolith (ear bone, DNA sampling) samples. And for camping chores, as we camped for weeks at a time in the Western Washington woods.
KI: When did you start making folders?
JH: In 2009—again, the need for something that met my needs and wants. Mostly for outdoors and for better tolerances.