Winkler Knives

The history of early America has intrigued Daniel Winkler since he was a boy in the western North Carolina mountains. It was this fascination that prompted him to make my first knife in 1975, as part of an effort to authentically outfit himself with the equipment of an 18th century woodsman. Since that time, his interest in history and desire to make knives have continued to grow. Daniel became a full-time bladesmith in 1988. His inspiration continues to come from frontier America – a time when the equipment a person carried meant sustenance and survival. Daniel strives to be innovative, while maintaining a recognizable style. The goal of Winkler Knives is to make tools of uncompromising quality that will last a lifetime and survive as heirlooms for future generations.
In recent years, Daniel has had had the honor of working with Special Forces Teams in the U.S. Military, as well as Allied Forces from around the world. Rather than being hand forged, however, they are created through the stock removal process.

Winkler Knives is an award-winning company that continues to be recognized for their outstanding work.
2009 – MOST INNOVATIVE DESIGN – Blade Show, Atlanta, GA – Rescue Axe
This tool was originally designed for a rescue extraction team and is now used by military, law enforcement and first responders throughout this Country and abroad.
2002 – Best of the West – Best Knifemaker – Presented by TRUE WEST Magazine.
1998 – BLADE Magazine – Best Utility Hunter – This knife won the “Best Utility Hunter” at the 1998 Blade Show and was subsequently awarded BLADE Magazine’s 1998 BLADE handmade Award. Additionally, Daniel is proud to be a Voting Member of The Knifemakers Guild, as well as having achieved the status of Master Bladesmith in American Bladesmith Society.

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