Steve Johnson - SR Johnson
I completed my first knife, which I still have, in March of 1966. I was lucky enough to have Gil Hibben as my Boy Scout Explorer Advisor and he gave each scout the opportunity to make a knife. For me, the "project" evolved into part-time and then full-time work. Later, I had the opportunity to work with Harvey Draper, Rod Chappel, Buster Warenski and, thanks to the kind recommendation of long-time friend and advisor
Mr. A.G. Russell, Bob Loveless. I will be forever grateful for the effect these men have had on my life, and my work. Bob's great influence is obvious in many of the photos shown here.
Over the years knifemaking has remained a constant in my life, since I was a teenager in the Hibben shop. Thirty-some years later, I continue to make using knives that feature well-defined grind lines, precise fit and highly polished blades of, for the most part, 154-CM/ATS-34 type steel. I enjoy the people and places associated with knifemaking and the personal challenge of making each knife as flawless as I can make it.