“I am a folder maker. While there will always be the occasional fixed blade, folders are my passion.” – Brian Fellhoelter
I was doing research on a writing assignment involving custom knives and I ran across Brian Fellhoelter’s website. It’s always heartwarming to run across a real success story and this is one of those. Knives have always been a part of his life, having received a Swiss Army knife when he was 10 and his first Buck knife at 13.
Brian made his first knife in 2005 when the machine shop he worked for was closed for maintenance. A year later he was laid off. During his off time he attended a meeting of the Southern California Blades knife collecting club. He showed that first knife around to the group and the response was very positive. That emboldened him to make a few more. He took a risk and paid for a booth at the Pasadena Knife Fair and sold his entire stock, just 2 months after making his first knife. Although he apprenticed as a Toolmaker, and has spent the majority of the last 20 years doing that, his passion is making a great folding knife.
Some of the technical stuff:
Other than the blades, all of the metal parts on his knives that can be Titanium are Titanium including frames, liners, thumbstuds, bolsters, clips, and spacers. The steels he works with include CPM154, ATS-34, 440C, S30V, and Stainless Damascus from Devin Thomas. For the handles he uses carbon fiber, G10, or Micarta. His knives have won several major awards, including Best Tactical Folder at the Blade Show 2011.