Gene Wiseman the “Knife Maker” has spent many years as a farrier before developing his keen eye for detail into knife making.
His easy, relaxing demeanor made him perfect for keeping horses calm. But now with a big smile, Gene has found that his knife making business is keeping him too busy for the horse shoeing business. A change he welcomes.
“Being able to stand up straight without fightin’ a horse, not
being out in 100 degree weather with flies biting, that made
learning to make knives easy.” Gene Wiseman, Knife Maker Extrodinaire
It takes Gene a couple of days to make just one knife in his long and narrow shop on the back of his property in Watts, Oklahoma, an Arkansas border town.
Wiseman Knives in his own words…
I use D2 tool steel for the blade and spring that I heat treat in my shop. D-2 is almost
stainless but it will still get a little rust on it if not cared for. It is very tough steel that gets
hard and holds an edge well. The liners are stainless steel.
My handles are made from “Micarta”, a laminate made of various materials, such as canvas, linen,
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and epoxy resin. It is a very good handle material because it is basically unbreakable and will probably
outlive the steel in the knife. The orange, red, and black knives are all made of G-10 which is basically t
he same thing as Micarta but made with fiberglass. I call the knife a “front pocket” knife. It is right at 3
1/2″ closed with a spear point, flat ground, blade with a cut swedge and a crescent nail nick.
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