The Knives of Confederate Forge

Cashion_DoubleBarrelFriday afternoon one of the insufferably Texan minions of the Mad Duo posted an article about Confederate Forge, an old school one-man operation making extraordinary blades there in the Lone Star State. I took a look and was impressed with what I saw (in fact, I gave the craftsman’s contact info to the Residential Sergeant Major for a Father’s Day gift idea, which means hopefully I’ll get two – one from Eric and one from Bill Coye). I did some reading and then called him. Turns out that not only does he make the blades himself, he sews the sheaths and does the leatherwork too. There’s an old sewing machine near the forge and that’s what he works on. He also hand decorates what he makes, from knife scabbards to quivers (he’s an avid bowhunter). Interestingly, if you do some digging through social media you’ll find that Confederate Forge has done a number of specials for many of the ‘tactical celebrities’ in our world.

Here’s a look at some more of his work( that’s him out to the right on the range, by the way, not one of the Vikings).




Here’s a little video of the man at work:





I was pleasantly surprised at the cost, too. That razor with the cross attached and leather sheath was only $140 shipped, which I think is a damn good price for a handmade custom knife.

As Alan from BattleComp put it, “Booyah. My MuleSkinner rocks. A razor that has already tasted blood. Mostly, Eric’s. Takes a special dude to choose to pound metal to do his bidding. Rock on. That is all.”

The Confederate Forge website is:

The Confederate Forge Facebook page is:

The original article with some more background and other knife designs is here:

That’s it for today. It’s Sunday, so Happy Easter (or Passover, as is your preference). Hope you have a good day. Go forth and conquer.


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  • If I were to take a guess, I suspect that he oil-hardened that blade….because water would have ‘exploded’ with a huge gout of steam….although, unlike the time I oil-hardened a tool I was making (special tool involved in acoustic guitar repair)…I had the exciting result of the oil bursting into flame for a few moments…..I was in a basement at the time! The shed he has is a much better idea.


    You should really look into this guys background before making any positive comments…he’s claimed/implied more than a couple of times to be a Veteran (ABN specially), but just couldn’t seem to pass basic training. Think he tried the USN as well (and failed) but not positive on that one. But he was a cop. And I would bet that his ‘custom’ knives are blade blanks and kits worked over with a grinder.

  • Paratrooper 7

    He does like to pose and play dress up….just couldn’t cut it…..does like to tell other people’s stories (although he puts his own name in them)…. He’s a sham job.