Paul Shindler: Like most youngsters I had various pocket
and jack knives as a kid, but my real interest in knives began
in the summer of 1976 when I worked for several months selling
high-end fly fishing tackle at Americas oldest cutlery store.
In between waiting on customers and doing stock work I was also
responsible for covering the hunting knives department. There
I was exposed to my first hand made knives, including models by
Randall and Ralph Bone. Then in 1988, while visiting a friend
still working for that retailer, I was introduced to my first
authorship blades by Joe Kious, Kaj Embretsen, Michael Walker,
Larry Fuegen, Bill Pease and Frank Centofante.
At that point I was really hooked, and spent the next twelve
years traveling to knife shows all over the country to meet my
favorite makers. I am especially interested in top-of-the-line,
investment-grade folders and fixed blades, as well as knives with
extensive engraving. I love the chance to handle knives and talk
to other knife enthusiasts every day, although it's going to be
really tough keeping my hands out of the cookie jar - if you know
what I mean! I am a full time Knife Purveyor.