An interest in “all things sharp” has been a life long passion. From as early as I can remember knives have held a special fascination for me. Knives were always tools that ventured with you into the wild and helped spark my young imagination. To a kid of the Indiana Jones generation, they just seemed to speak of adventure and excitement. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t have a knife clipped to my pocket, stashed in a pack, or hanging from my belt. Life marches on, but I believe your childhood core interests remain with you.
That sense of adventure and appreciation for a fine tool is still what motivates me and is the compass that helps set my course. I’m drawn to the outdoors and I love the gear that gets me there! I’ve flyfished for grayling in the arctic circle, hunted Kudu in South Africa, and pursued Royal Stag in New Zealand. I’ve worked as a homebuilder, a developer, and a federally regulated class 3 weapons dealer. Those experiences have helped shape me into who I am, but have also shown me the reward that comes from doing what you love, even if you might not have someone to teach you how. You’ll take your lumps and get your cuts, but there’s nothing like learning how to do what you’re passionate about.
In that spirit, I’m self-taught in this endeavor. There’s no substitute for trial and error, learning from your mistakes and standing back up to give it another go. As my father always said, “You never know unless you try”. Having become a full time knifemaker in 2008, I’m so thankful I listened to my him. I owe my father so much for the encouragement. He taught me not to be afraid of failure, but rather to see it as your most memorable teacher. With his passing in 2011, I now find myself repeating his words to my sons. So, here’s to remembering where you’ve been while trying to get where you’re supposed to be…and to straight grind lines! Cheers.
David M. Rydbom
Upper Left, USA
1 Thessalonians 4:11
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”