Dave Ellis - Exquisite Knives
My background in knives goes back to my childhood. I always carried a Barlow Folder, then it was a Buck 110 or a Puma Folding Hunter. As I grew older my tastes turned towards combat style knives.
I really began collecting knives a bit over 20 years ago starting with the Bucks and Puma's and some Gerber knives. While researching these and others I discovered the world of custom knives. While studying the Korean Martial Arts I learned the true Combat use of edged weapons. This is around the time that I looked into creating my own custom knives.
My first custom knives were of the combat variety purchased from Phill Hartsfield and Shiva Ki. I followed the work of many Bladesmiths and finally in 1988 I began my apprenticeship under longtime Bladesmith Martin Kruse. I also attended the Bladesmithing classes offered by the ABS (American Bladesmith Society) and when I moved from L.A. to San Diego worked with Al Barton. Al and I tested for our Journeyman stamps for the ABS together and passed the first time, Al received his Masters stamp in 1996 and I mine in 1997. Both Martin and Al have since passed away, I miss them daily!
In the recent years I have tried to specialize in mostly higher end Custom knives for my site. Bill Moran, Bob Loveless, Ray Appleton, Buster Warenski and Jim Schmidt are some of my top picks. I have been successful in locating those hard to find knives for my customers such as Moran damascus knives and early Bob Loveless pieces.