Local Man's Business is Cutting Edge

By Eric Olson

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, In (21Alive)--Eric Eversman made his first knife when he was nine. Actually he repaired a broken knife at age nine, but that was enough to get him hooked on the ancient craft of knife making. Eversman makes dozens of varieties of sharp objects, from standard fare cutlery to exotic, menacing blades.

“This is one of our survival knives,” he says as he picks up an especially intimidating piece of steel, “the Eversman custom series. It is designed for preppers, survivalists.”

Eversman explains that ‘preppers’ are people who like to be prepared for any emergency, sort of ‘survivalist light’. They’re the ones he sells to at the dozens of gun shows he attends each year. Whatever you call his customers they like his knives. Especially popular are the sly ones, knives that hide up your sleeve or…in your hair. Eversman makes the entire weapon, grinding blades from high quality steel stock.

“I’m forge hardening them on my own,” he says, “I use premium quench oil, you know we test ‘d’ magnetic we make sure they’re not annealed.”

Eversman’s wife Jenny makes all the scabbards and leather accessories. And despite the history behind many of his creations, Eversman insists his weapons aren’t for killing people…necessarily.

“You could carry one of those neck knives and never have to use it,” he explains, “but conversely you could be attacked by someone who says ‘I’m gonna kill you’ tomorrow. And if you have something to defend yourself at least you have that option. Being a knife maker on its own, you’re not gonna be rich. You’re never gonna be rich this is something you have to do as a passion you really have to love what you do. I wanna do it ‘till the day I die. I just love doing it.”

Eric Olson out in 21 Country.

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