“When knives express an idea beyond their utilitarian purpose, they enter the realm of art”
I have always found my passion through creating different things. When I saw handmade knives for the first time, I saw a
limitless avenue for creation. I started my first knife in 1991 and completed only 6 knives by 1995, each knife very different in style and process. It gave me a wide view of knife-making, and provided the basics and the desire to expand on my designs. In 1996, I purchased a belt grinder and started making knives to sell. All were very similar in style and function, not very exciting. It re-enforced my thoughts that it is much more fulfilling to create something different each time, than to replicate a single style. That is when I decided to create one-of-a-kind art knives. It’s a continuous learning experience with limitless boundaries.
I specialize in folders and automatics, and will make fixed blade knives through orders. I use the very best materials in my designs, and embellish the knives with gold, jewels, and inlays. I fully carve each knife from front to back using graver chisels and a chase hammer. I do my own heat-treating, and design each knife for reliability and function.
1997 “Best Custom Folder” National Knife Collectors Association, Lakeland Show
2000 “ Best of Show, Custom Folder” Gator Cutlery Club Show
2001 “ Best Custom Straight Knife” Gator Cutlery Club Show
2004 “ Best Art Knife” BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair
2004 “Best Art Knife” BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair
2004 “Best Art Knife” Handmade Knife Award, awarded by Blade Magazine
2005 “Best Art Knife” BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair
2005 “Best Art Knife” Handmade Knife Award, awarded by Blade Magazine
2010 “Best of Show” Gator Cutlery Club Show
2011 “Best Art Knife” BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair
Donald Vogt: 9007 Hogans Bend, Tampa, Florida, 33647