Kentucky Craftsman sharpens grandson’s knife-making skills

From (KY):

When he crafted his first knife in 1991 from a piece of hand-me-down steel, Jerry Corbit of Rineyville had no idea where the hobby would take him.

“I started like most people with a fixed-blade hunting knife, just a blade and handle,” Corbit said. “After a few years, I met Harold Carson over in Vine Grove who was a custom folder maker, and he invited me to his shop to see how he made folding knives.”

From that point on, Corbit’s hobby exploded into a very lucrative business.

“From about the mid-1990s to 2011, art knives were all I did,” he said. “They were selling in shows around the country. I sold one knife to a collector in Texas for $5,000. It had 24k gold inlay and engraving with abalone and gemstones with gold thumb studs.

“It’s something I never even knew I could do,” Corbit added. “When each knife turns out more beautiful than the last one, it inspires you to keep going and trying to do more and more. Your imagination is the only limitation to what you can make, and I have a pretty wild imagination.”

I really like human interest pieces like this. They make great newsfeed fodder, and are a nice change from new releases and the like. If you see something like this in your local paper, please send it my way.

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