The knife community has just learned of the recent loss of industry legend Ken Warner, who passed away in May at the age of 90. Ken was a member of both Blade’s Cutlery Hall of Fame and the ABS Hall of Fame. Among his many contributions to the industry were writing what is generally ackowledged as the first article on custom knives (“The Best Knives Made”, in the 1966 edition of Gun Digest) and in creating the Knives annual series, which started with Knives ’81 and continues to this day. He also designed several knives of note (some with his friend Harry Archer) and was involved with Blackjack Knives and those produced under the “Ken Warner Knives” brand.
Ken was a personal friend, as he was to many in the industry, and the conversations we shared were filled with insights, advice, and laughter. I am really going to miss him.
The following is a profile of Ken from the January 2000 issue of Knife World. Click the image to launch the flipbook.