All Carolina Craftsman knives are handmade by John Ratterree in North Carolina. (You could say he’s our own Carolina craftsman.) John has been skillfully working with leather and metals since 1979. His process all starts with a design on paper–a vision for each knife complete with a blade, handle and custom leather carrying case. He then creates a hard copy of wood or plastic to trace onto a steel bar.
John says, “Once I grind the shape, I decide where to start the blade and grind the bevel. To give the knife I polish the steel with different grits of sandpaper to give it a smooth, shiny finish. Then, I cut a piece of brass or nickel silver and solder that guard to the blade after heat-treating it. After deciding what handle material I will be using, I cut the handle with a band saw to fit the blade. Using a strong epoxy and metal pins, I fit the handle to the steel. Then I decide what the leather case will look like and cut it out by hand and sew it together.”