Daniel Winkler Custom Knives

Daniel Winkler

The history of early America has always intrigued Daniel Winkler for as long as he can remember. It was this interest that prompted him to make his first knife in 1975. He wanted to authentically outfit himself with the equipment of an 18th century woodsman. Since then, his interest in history and his desire to make knives grew until he finally became a fulltime bladesmith in 1988.

Daniel Winkler Custom KnivesHis inspiration continues to come from frontier America and his work takes you back when the equipment a person carried meant sustenance and survival. He strives to be innovative, while maintaining a recognizable style. His goal is to make tools of uncompromising quality that will last a lifetime and survive as heirlooms for future generations. He hopes to preserve the heritage of utilitarian art and to promote the legacy of America’s Founding Fathers. He specializes in forged cutlery created in the tradition of an era past, complemented by the unique leather work of Karen Shook. Each item is crafted without the use of set patterns.

Daniel Winkler Custom KnivesHe has received several awards over the years. He is proud to be a Voting Member of The Knifemakers Guild and a juried member of Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild and he also has achieved the status of Master Bladesmith in American Bladesmith Society.