T. Gann Knives
I look forward to sharing my passion for custom knife making with you. One of the things I enjoy about being a knife maker is the satisfaction of taking an idea and using raw materials to make a unique functional tool. I am limited only by my imagination.
Why I love knives
I enjoy sharing the art of bladesmithing with others. The first knife I loved was the Rambo knife. I encourage field trips to my shop where I can walk them through the steps of making a knife from beginning to end. I also enjoy the camaraderie of other knife makers and collectors. Its through the sharing of knowledge that the art of knife making continues.
I hope you enjoy the site. I look forward to your feedback on my web site and on my knives. I’m also a huge fan of machetes because they are so important when it comes to survival. Whether you’re interested in machetes or knives for survival is obviously a big personal decision. The “survival” movement has really picked up the last decade and is continuing to grow. If you want to learn more about survival weapons, and I highly recommend you do, check out www.topsurvivalweapons.com.
I grew up in Lompoc, California, a small town just North of Santa Barbara. It was there that my wife Shona and I were married in 1992 and where my four children, Raina, Joey, Samantha, and Anna were born.
I’ve been fascinated with knives since I was a young boy. I became interested in making knives when I worked welding and fabricating steel beams in the early 90s. The first knife I ever made was from a railroad spike. We still have it in the kitchen set where all the knife rejects go.
My good friend, Steve Bailey, who shares my interest in knife making, would go with me to the Solvang Knife Show every spring. It was there that I could ask the knife makers questions. They were generous sharing their knowledge, and with lots of reading and “how to” videos, Steve and I made a forge and hydraulic press.
Every spring after that I would take a knife to the Solvang Show to get Tim Hancock’s feedback. Tim would ask me, “Do you want the truth?” and he would give it to me straight. Finally I asked Tim if he gave lessons and he said yes.
In June of 2002 I got the chance to work with Tim in his shop where I made a knife with him and went over testing requirements for the JS (ABS Journeyman) test. The following spring in 2003, Tim came to my house and tested me for the first part of my JS Stamp and I passed.
In 2004 I entered a knife into the amateur competition at the Los Angeles Knife Expo. That knife won Best Amateur Knife and Best Fixed Blade.
In the summer of 2004 my family and I took a leap of faith and moved to Canton, Texas to pursue my dream of becoming a full time knife maker. It wasn’t long before we found the house that we now call home.
After several months, I finally got my shop up and running. It was in March that the electricity got hooked up to the shop and I had 3 months to make 5 qualifying knives to fulfill the requirements for my ABS JS Stamp. I worked on them right up until the day my Dad and I drove to the Blade Show in Georgia.
The morning the knives were judged I was more nervous than when each of my fours kids were born. After learning that I passed and I would receive my ABS JS Stamp, I was able to enjoy the show. That evening at the awards banquet, much to my amazement, I was honored with the George Peck Award for Best Knife submitted by the applying ABS Journeyman Smith rating. Needless to say I was overwhelmed, honored and surprised.
As of March 2005 I’ve been able to stay home and make knives, that is, between the kids’ school, sports, hunting, fishing and the daily stuff.