FLORIDA KNIFEMAKERS' ASSOCIATION
I have been making knives since 1961. I started making knives because I was not happy with the factory knives I was using, I was working for the United Steel Workers , ( 30 ) years. We had a man that was trained in Germany as a tool & die maker who was a wonder! I became good friends with him, and he showed me the proper way to temper steel, All my knives at this time were oil hardening, as were the springs for the folders. Almost all the blades I make now, are AST-34, or 440C. The first knives I made were for myself & friends that I deer hunted with, about 6 guys, they were large folding lockbacks. All the knives from 1961 to about 1975, I gave away to the people I worked with. Don't know how many! Maybe about 800-1000, that were good using knives, nothing fancy. I thing the first knife I sold was in 1975 , $15, When I retired from the USW in 1988 I was selling them for about $75! I still get 1 back ever and now and the end to put in a new blade, handles are still good.
Most of the knives are traditional old fashion like me. I do not make liner lockers! Make Large Bowies, folders, fighters, daggers, and hunters. Prices run from $277. to $2500. Depending on the knife.
Thank For Your Interest, Sincerely James ( HOOT) Gibson.
James "Hoot' Gibson, Sr. has been a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild since 1992 and is one of the founding members of the Florida Knifemakers' Association. He lives in Florida on Dead Lake, just south of Palatka. The reason he lives there, he says, is because he is a native Floridian and it's a wonderful place to live. Three more reasons are he likes to fish for bass and speckled perch, and shoot.
SOME of HOOT'S KNIVES
HOW TO CONTACT ME
James "Hoot" Gibson
#90 Park Place Ave.
Bunnell, Florida, 32110
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