North Carolina knife maker Dirk Pinkerton had an interest in knives from a very young age. Initially in his formative years, he was fascinated with traditional hunting knives and general outdoor knives. When he grew up, he spent nearly twenty years in the private security industry, where he began to take notice of small, concealable knives meant to be carried for self defense, along with general utility knives. Working in private security afforded Pinkerton the opportunity to work with, and train with many various law enforcement agencies, as well as fire & emergency response departments and various military and government agencies & organizations. Pinkerton credits those experiences, along with his day to day interactions with those professionals as key in the development of his knives. Dirk Pinkerton’s designs have his unique look about them. Upon closer inspection, they reveal themselves to be simple, straightforward knives, with purposeful, clean design elements. Dirk’s designs tend to deliver an excellent blade to handle ratio, which permits the use of multiple grip positions safely, and comfortably. Pinkerton’s knives tend to emphasize compactness and conceal-ability for the law enforcement & public safety professional. Soldiers, policemen and defense minded citizens have all taken notice of Dirk’s designs, when choosing discreet, yet highly effective knife options for personal defense.
My design philosophy is simple and straight forward. A design big enough to get the job done, but in the smallest package. It should have a comfortable but versatile grip. It should be able to handle whatever task you would expect a knife to handle ...Dirk Pinkerton
Darrel Ralph is one of the true geniuses in the modern knife industry. An accomplished custom knife maker whose work is among the most sought-after in history, he is also an extremely talented engineer and inventor.
In addition to his own Custom Knife Designs, Darrel has provided technical insights into the mechanical design and engineering for many knife companies.
HTM is proud to bring the functional design characteristics, artistic vision, and engineering of Darrel Ralph to our line of knives.
My design philosophy is simple -- Advanced Innovative Designs while maintaining Form, Function, and Organic’s...Darrel Ralph
Randall King is a custom knife maker and designer, who has been making knives professionally since 1987. His custom work has appeared in several major motion pictures, most notably “The Last of the Mohicans”, “The Crow”, “Geronimo”, “Somersby”, and “ The Broken Chain” . He is well known in the knife business to collectors and industry leaders alike, for his unique designs and precision fittings utilizing elevated technology.
Randall is one of the premier knife engineers of our time, A master of the modern automatic knife, Randall has been instrumental in the development and manufacture of high-performance USA made products.
Randall has produced knives for several of the industry leaders including “Meyerco”, “Sig arms”, “Ruger”, “Al Mar Knives”, “Spyderco”, “Masters of Defense”,” Blackie Collins Designs”, and others.
Randall’s knives have been the Focal Front cover exclusive knife for 3 leading American knife magazine, “Blade Magazine” April 2004, “Tactical Knives” November 1998, and “Fighting Knives”, November 1994 as well as featured in several foreign magazines including “Visier” Germany, “Excalibur”, France.
Randall King knives are a quality engineered and manufactured product with the highest grade of USA components available that makes a difference that you can see and feel.
“Quality Through Technology”
King's custom work has appeared in several major motion pictures, most notably “The Last of the Mohicans”, “The Crow”, “Geronimo”, “Somersby”, and “ The Broken Chain”
Kirby Lambert began making knives in 1994. His background includes attending school at the University of Calgary where he studied fine art and took many classes in drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. This education coupled with his fascination of knives, his creative passion and the enjoyment of working with his hands paved the way for Kirby to become a full time knifemaker in 2002.
Kirby specializes in tactical / utility folding knives which are bought by collectors as well as military and law enforcement officers who use them out in the field.
Kirby Lambert knives are made of the finest materials; titanium, carbon fiber, G10, and specialty steels such as CPM 154CM, CPM S30V and Stellite 6K.
Kirby Lambert has achieved many goals and is recognized as one of the finest knifemakers of his time. His work has been featured in many publications such as Blade Magazine, American Handgunner, Tactical Knives, and Excalibur as well as being featured on the cover of Blade Magazine.
I believe that a knife should not only look good, but first and foremost a knife should be functional as well ...Kirby Lambert
I Have been making knives for 25 years full time.
I live on a ranch in Alberta Canada where I designe Tactical folders and Fixed blades.
I do all of my testing on my ranch the knives start on paper and go to testing in some real world conditions.
I hunt wild hogs with the Pitbulls I raise on my ranch . Killing Hogs with a knife is a great way to tell if a knife is going to work.