John Emmerling - Custom Utility Knife

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As a boy growing up in western Pennsylvania, artist John Emmerling spent a lot of time outside camping, hunting, and fishing. He built cabins and treehouses. A hands-on person bored by sitting in a classroom.

After serving four years in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, he went back to school, earning a BFA in photography and opened a photo studio in Portland, Oregon. Buying an old house in Gearhart, on the Oregon coast, allowed him to get a hammer in his hands again and think about metalworking for a living. He and his wife opened Gearhart Ironwerks making furniture, lighting, fire screens, and decorative hand-forged work. Blade smithing is the natural continuance of this work.


5160/15N20 Ladder Damascus Blade, Cocobolo & African Blackwood Handle.

Overall length - 10.5"

Blade length - 5.75"

Blade height at choil - 1.25"

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