Wednesday January 22, 2020
Trimble Custom Knives
Austin, TX

My name is Russell Trimble and I have been a knife maker since 1994. I've had a love for fine knives since I was a young boy, but my true appreciation for them began later in life. As an avid hunter and fisherman from a very young age, knives have been a part of my life for quite some time. I have used many of the mainstream knife makers' products over the years and truly found that the old adage, "You get what you pay for" is very true. After breaking countless knives while going through a pelvis bone on a whitetail or breaking them deboning a wild hog, I eventually learned that buying a quality knife once was a better option than repeatedly buying cheap ones. A knife that can't hold an edge becomes more of a danger than a useful tool; therefore, good steel is a must for a quality knife. I strive to provide that with each and every knife I make.

I became a knife maker in an unconventional way. I had been building custom rifles for over 25 years when, in 1994, a customer asked me to make a knife to match his new rifle. After some research and speaking with other knife makers, I found one that would sell me one of his blades. I matched the wood to the rifle for my customer. At that point, I was hooked. Knife making and rifle making went hand in hand. My love for exotic and burl woods was easy to pass from rifles to knives. I enjoy finding a new wood that can add beauty to the finished product. I prefer to use stabilized woods (wood that has been injected with acrylic polymers under pressure) as they do not shrink or crack as untreated wood can if it is not maintained. If stabilized wood is not an option, I treat all my knife handles with natural oils. I use boiled Linseed oil, Tung oil, and Tru oil on my knives as well as my rifles. I view each knife as a work of art and a treasure the customer can pass down for generations to come.

While I still use and buy blades from various blade smiths, I grind my own as well. The method I use is known as stock removal. I will cut out the basic design of the knife on a band saw, and then grind it to it's finished state. I also do the heat treating and tempering of them to ensure every knife that leaves my shop is of the highest quality available. My goal is to provide a product that is both beautiful and functional.

If you don't see exactly what you are looking for, feel free to drop me an email and let me know what you would like. Thanks for visiting the site and let me know if I can help you in any way.

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