5 from the Grinder: Jody Lyddane (JL Forge)

It’s 5 from the Grinder time boys and girls. 5ftG is KNIFE Magazine’s quick-format interview series where we highlight a custom maker and their work and let our readers know where to find out more.

Today’s featured maker is Jody Lyddane, of JL Forge. Jody and his wife Jennifer are both Forged in Fire Alumni (Jennifer is a Champion), whom I met at the Carolina Knives exhibit at the McKissick Museum at University of South Carolina.  Nice folks, they are based just North of us, up in Kentucky.

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Please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives:

I am full time military. My wife, Jennifer and I build knives together in Versailles, Ky. I have shoed horses for many years which led into the hobby. I competed on Season 5 of forged in fire and Jennifer competed on Season 7 and 8, she won seaon 8 episode 16. We specialize mostly in custom hunting and everyday carry damascus blades.

What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?

I have learned a lot from you tube. My favorite makers are Trollsky Knives, JW Randall, Kelly Vermeer Vela.

What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?

The Bowie

What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?

I like the current direction with the many blade shows, seminars, and hammer ins being offered.


Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?

Damascus hunter with antler scales.

What is your EDC and why?

I carry a slim boker. It’s sleek and easily carried.

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