Ernie Grospitch – Florida Knifemakers Association

I have been making knives part-time since 1989 going full time in 2003.  I really enjoy taking raw stock and materials and creating knives that are useful and at times approach really being down-right pretty.  All of my knives are one of a kind, although they may be similar to others I have made.  I base that on the fact that they are handmade and for the most part are designed by me.  Each knife I make is made entirely by me, in my shop, I farm nothing out.  I use the stock removal method to grind out my knives and work with a wide range of materials.  I make Bowies, hunting, fishing, lockback folders, leathercraft and kitchen knives.


This hollow ground skinner has a 1/8″ X 1″ X 3 3/4″  blade of ATS-34 stainless steel.  The blade has been triple tempered with a sub-zero treatment to a Rc~60.  The premium Desert Ironwood scales are dove tailed into a Fossil Walrus tusk spacer and 416 stainless steel bolsters.  The full tang is taper ground.  The spine has hand filed vine pattern file work.  The handle pins are nickel silver.  The sheath is 7/8 oz. hand sewn vegetable tanned leather in the British tan color


  The blade on this Bowie is .250 ” X 1.875″ X 11.5″ .  It is made from 440-C stainless steel with a drop point.  The blade has been triple tempered with a sub-zero treatment to a Rc of 59~.  The blade is flat ground with a distal taper.  It also sports my vine file work down the spine.  The nickel silver oval style guard is 3.5″ across and 1 1/4″ wide.  The handle is premium African Blackwood with two hidden bolts and two pins.   The pommel is nickel silver with alternating black and nickel silver spacers. The 8/9 oz. black leather, pebble finished sheath sports two nickel silver caps with decorative bolts. It has a trim fighting weight of1# 13 oz.


Ernie Grospitch

18440 Amityville Drive

Orlando, Florida,32820

(407) 568-5438

Email:  shrpknife@

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