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Ron BestRon Best was born in 1972 in Wilmington, NC, and currently resides in Stokes, NC. He became interested in knives when he was about seven years old, earning the wrath of his father when he would grind up wrenches in his early attempts at knife making. In 2000, Ron made good all past transgressions by making a meat cleaver for his father - and enjoyed the process so much that he decided to keep doing it!

Ron makes about 12 knives a year, usually folders and integrals, where all the metal parts are formed from a single piece of steel. This integral technique shows off Ron’s tremendous control and finesse. His current favorite steels are 440C, D2 and ATS-34, but he also works with Mike Norris’s damascus.  As for handle materials – he’ll try anything once! Ron does all of his own carving, using files and sandpaper, and all of his own heat treating as well. All of his knives are intricately carved and finished, and CNC machinery is never used during this process.

Ron works very hard to design and create unconventional and fascinating knives. His knives often evolve between the sketch and the finished product, as Ron finds that the knifemaking process develops the design as much as his sketches.  He is a self-described perfectionist, and takes a great deal of satisfaction in putting the last few finishing touches on a knife he’s made.

Affiliations:

  • The Knife Maker's Guild

Awards:

  • 2008 - W.W. Cronk award, Orlando, FL (final year of the award)
  • 2007 - W.W. Cronk award, Orlando, FL
PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS
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African Blackwood Katana Style Short Sword
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African Blackwood Sword
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Blacklip Mother of Pearl Integral by Ron Best
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Blackwood Fighter
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Buckeye Long Dagger
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Carved Pearl Gent
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Dark Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Desert Ironwood Large Bowie
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Desert Ironwood Sword
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Engraved Cavalry Saber
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Engraved Integral D-Guard Fighter
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Engraved Integral D-Guard Fighter
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Engraved Integral Giraffe Hunter
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Engraved Integral Hunter with Box Elder Burl
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Engraved Wakizashi
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Giraffe Bone
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Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Giraffe Bone Cavalry Saber
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Giraffe Bone Cavalry Saber
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Giraffe Bone Cavalry Saber
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Giraffe Bone Cavalry Saber
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Giraffe Bone Fighter
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Giraffe Bone Persian
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Giraffe Bone Persian
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Giraffe Bone Saber
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Integral Engraved Ironwood Hunter
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Integral Engraved Ironwood Hunter
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Integral Engraved Short Sword
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Integral Engraved Trailing Point Hunter
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Integral Fossil Mammoth Dagger
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Integral Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Integral Giraffe Hunter
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Integral Ironwood Tanto
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Integral Mammoth Ivory Hunter
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Integral Trailing Point Hunter with Mammoth Ivory
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Integral Trailing Point Hunter with Mammoth Molar
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Integral Upswept Ironwood Fighter
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Ironwood Fighter
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Ivory Bowie
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Ivory Integral Dagger
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Ivory Short Sword
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Ivory Short Sword with Maple Sheath
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Ivory Utility
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Large Giraffe Bone Bowie
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Mammoth Tooth Integral Hunter
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Slim Profile Ironwood Integral Hunter
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Slim Profile Mammoth Ivory Integral Hunter
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Slim Profile Mammoth Ivory Integral Hunter
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