Want to be featured on KNIFEMagazine.com? Participate in our “5 from the Grinder” series

It has been several years since I was Managing Editor of the blog The Truth About Knives. Back then, David C. Andersen (of KnifeCenter YouTube fame), was my Assistant Editor, and together we came up with a knifemaker interview series we called “5 from the Grinder”. TTAK, as our blog was more commonly known, went the way of the dodo, but until recently remained up as a zombie. The owners pulled the plug recently, and with David’s blessing we are resurrecting “5ftG” here at KNIFEMagazine.com.

We here at KNIFE are constantly receiving inquiries from knifemakers, asking to be featured in the print magazine. We try to bring a wide variety of legendary, well-established, and up-and-coming makers, but space limitations prevent us from showcasing all the deserving makers out there. That is where 5 from the Grinder comes in. If you fill out a simple form – https://www.knifemagazine.com/5-from-the-grinder-form/  (password is: grinder ), and upload a handful of pictures, I will combine them into an online feature including all of your social media and website information. You get exposure, and we get original content for the free side of the website. It was our most popular regular feature over at TTAK, and I am excited to relaunch it.

Please Note: If it isn’t taking the password, make sure that you are using all lower case (phones typically default to first letter capital). If this still does not work, you can email me your responses. I will list the questions at the bottom of this page for you to cut and paste. My email is clay(at)knifemagazine.com.

I wish I could be more helpful, but it is working on the PC and Mac I have tested it on, my iphone, and across multiple browsers, and it is working for me. I don’t know what to do to help you. Sorry.


Our first new featured maker is KNIFE Magazine Contributor Jamin Brackett of Brackett Knives, which you can see here:

5 from The Grinder: Jamin Brackett (Brackett Knives)

We have several others in the queue, ready to go. I plan on posting 1 a week.

Before TTAK went dark, I was able to port several of our original 5ftG posts over to this site, and will continue to try to reconstruct others via the WayBack Machine. You can see them here:

5 from the Grinder: Andy Roy (Fiddleback Forge)

5 from the Grinder with T.M. Hunt

5 from the Grinder: Brian Neville (Drop Point Forge)

5 from the Grinder: Kyle Daily (KHDaily Knives)

5 from the Grinder: Dan Eastland (Dogwood Custom Knives)

5 from the Grinder: LT Wright

As I said, I will be porting more over as I can reconstruct them. If you are interested in participating, be sure to visit the link.  (password “grinder”)

Email clay (at) knifemagazine.com if you have any questions.


5 from the Grinder Questions (email edition): 

If you are having trouble with the password, just copy and paste the questions below and send them in an email to clay(at)knifemagazine.com.  Don’t worry about sending photos, I will email you when I start to pull your post together.


What’s your name?

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

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

What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?

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

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?

What is your EDC and why?

Your website:

Your Instagram

Your Facebook

Your Phone/Email/Other contact