Stan Wilson – Florida Knifemakers Association

All my life I have been a maker of many things, a jack-of-all-trades if you will. The idea of making a knife had been with me for a long time. Ever since I was a small boy I have always carried a knife, to me it was an indispensable tool, never to be without. Later on in years, it was a good friend & hunting partner who finally got me started in knife making, though he was unaware of it. Every time we went hunting he would tell anyone who would listen about his knife, an old Rudy Ruana. The knife I carried at that time was nothing special, so one day after hearing one of his stories for umpteenth time I decided to make a knife of my own. I was going to apply all my crafting skills to this task. Little did I know that what I was plunging into was first going to evolve from a hobby, to an obsession, to something that I hope to make into my livelihood. That first knife was made from scavenged materials. A chainsaw bar for the blade, a copper electrode was made into the guard, the handle cut from an old rosewood picture frame. It took months of trial and error to finish that knife, but when it was completed I felt great pride in a work of art, that of course today remains very functional. Upon completion of the first, I felt challenged to make another, but better. This is and always will be my creed. I promise to deliver each knife better than the last. That is the true challenge of what drives me today, to deliver the best I can.I will go any length to ensure satisfaction and deliver what is truly a hand crafted knife. My choice of materials for my knives are natural and exotic handle materials such as pearl, bone, ivory or fine burlwood combined with a Damascus blade. All my knives are made by stock-removal, free hand ground and hand finished. I do not work off of set patterns, but from a simple drawing. This takes more time but it also allows me to be more creative and have full control to make changes to each custom knife, obviously as result no two knives are ever identical. My knives were once described by another knifemaker as organic in design. My basic designs still reflect that organic flow, graceful curves and a minimum of straight lines. I maintain sole authorship on all my knives with the exception of the Damascus I use and heat-treating of stainless steels. I make knives the old way, one at a time. I have traditionally made fixed blades, but lately I have been making folders. I prefer to make folders more since there is so much more of a challenge. But the fact still remains, I am a custom maker suiting to a customers needs, It’s your design or mine.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to putting together a fine hand crafted knife for you.

Stan Wilson



2003  “Best Custom Folder”  Gator Cutlery Club Show

2008 “Best Folder” Knifemakers Guild Show




Stan Wilson: 8931 Pritcher Road, Lithia, Florida 33547

Phone: 727-461-1992