Many years ago, way back in the Ozark Mountains, Ken Richardson, a professional blacksmith, began collecting old discarded cross cut saws left behind by the timber jacks in the area who were switching to chain saws. He used the steel reclaimed from these old saws along with locally shed horns of whitetail, mule deer and elk, to make custom knives for his hunting, trapping, and fisherman friends.
The word rapidly spread and “Richardson” knives became immensely popular with outdoorsmen everywhere. As a result, the supply of old saw blades soon dried up and now their knives are mostly made from 1085 Blue Tempered Spring Steel. This material provides the springy feel of the old blades yet is resistant to chipping and easy to maintain in the field. The jewel like milling on the blade surface makes a “Richardson” knife instantly recognizable.
The business has grown but is still a family oriented operation. No jigs or patterns are used so each knife is completely handmade. The carving in the handles and the scrimshaw etchings on the crowns are all free hand works of art. The 11oz. oil-soaked, cowhide sheaths are individually crafted and laced by the ladies in the family.