Smith’s own journey to knifemaker began when he was just a kid. His Little League baseball coach was Rick Dunkerley, a master bladesmith and custom knife maker in Lincoln, Montana. He spent his free time learning from Dunkerley and others, attending knife shows and spending his lawn-cutting money and pay from his parents’ excavation business on forging tools.
At 15, he became the youngest journeyman bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society by crafting a knife that passed a grueling test: to chop a 1-inch rope in half and next a pair of two-by-fours, and then to still be capable of shaving a hair. Once it survived that, the test knife had to be bent 90 degrees in a vise without breaking.
By 19, Smith passed the master bladesmith test. In 2002 he moved to Frenchtown and set up his shop, just off the Clark Fork River. He had the name for Montana Knife Co. because his mom had bought him the trademark rights to it.
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