Curt Erickson: I have been crafting hand made knives since 1983 when I had the great opportunity to work with legendary knifemaker Buster Warenski. Buster, who was a good friend of my father, had graciously agreed to teach me the finest points of knifemaking. The experience of working with Buster and spending time in his shop over the years turned out to have a tremendous influence on my life and my work, which is still evident today.
I started out making knives part-time, which later lead to some full-time work. During this period I won several awards for my work and became one of the youngest voting members of the Knifemakers Guild. I have always enjoyed knifemaking because it has allowed me to express myself artistically and maintain the love for crafting with my hands. I make all types of knives using the very best materials possible and I constantly strive for perfection with every knife I make. My passion, however, is that Knife – especially daggers.
In the spring of 1990, my knifemaking turned back into a hobby as I began a career in the law enforcement profession. It has been a great experience pursuing my childhood dream of being a police officer, but now with my retirement nearing, I plan to pursue my excitement for knifemaking as a full-time career.
The winter of 2005 quickly brought me back to my knifemaking roots when I was asked to give back my teachings to Julie Warenski, who needed help with her own knifemaking career – learning how to grind and finish knife blades. Julie wanted to learn Buster’s techniques so I was honored and grateful to give something I had been given so many years ago back to her. Today we are working together as a new husband and wife team continuing the great tradition of making some of the finest knives possible.
I will be attending 2-3 knife shows per year so hopefully we can meet at one of the shows.
Best Regards, Curt.