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Hi! I’m Gene Martin and welcome to my website!

As you view my site, you need to know a few things about me. First, every knife or blade on my site was made by me, right here in Southern Oregon, in the USA. I believe in providing you with quality, whether a blade, a no frills working knife, or a work of edged art. There is no substitute for quality and I believe my work reflects that.

Now for a little information about me. I’ve been making knives for 22 years. I started with a kit knife, then went to blades by Bob Engnath, then making my own knives.

Along the way I was mentored by some really fine people. Bob taught me to flat grind, as well as to scrimshaw. Other mentors include Ralph Freer, who taught me to hollow grind, Bill Herndon and Jim Ferguson, who both taught me a lot, and Wayne Goddard.

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Wayne taught me to make damascus and folding knives, as well as the Intro to Bladesmithing class at the ABS School in Arkansas. Wayne is a good friend.

I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, aka the ABS School in Washington , Arkansas run through Texarkana College. I attended the Intro to Bladesmithing, Handles and Guards, Mosaic Damascus, and a Bladesmithing Lab. Each class was an adventure in learning.

I do both stock removal and forging, since I believe there is a place for both arts. I make my own damascus and mosaic damascus, although I also use damascus by Jim Ferguson and Devin Thomas. I make my own mokume. My blade blanks are a way to help the beginners, as I once was, or those who want to make a knife without buying a shop. It is also a way to give back something to those who taught me so much along the way.

On my logo you will find my name and the letters TGBTG. Those letters stand for To God Be The Glory. What skills and abilities I possess in this life I owe to Him and I want to give Him the credit for it.

So come on in, enjoy my site, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, give me a call or send me an email. If I don’t have it I can probably make it. After all, that’s what custom knifemaking is all about.

We'll be at the annual Oregon Knife Collectors Show on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.  Friday, April 6 is members only day.  The show is held at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene Oregon. 

Times - Saturday 8am - 5pm, Sunday 9am to 3pm.    General admission is $6.00/day, members free. 

There will be free demonstrations all Saturday.   For a list of demonstrations, look on the OKCA website in the April 2018 Knewsletter. That URl is 

There will be 360 tables this year.  On display and for sale are knives, swords, razors,, cutlery, blades, tools, bayonets, scissors, hat pius, pocket knives, kitchen knives, old knives, new knives, custom knives, straight knives, stone, knives, knife making supplies and anything that goes "cut."

3000 people attended our 2017 April Show.  Come and be part of that very fun crowd.

If you're in the area, please stop by and visit with us.  You don't need to buy anything, just stop in and say hi.  We will (as usual) be at Tables Q10, Q11 and Q12.  Hope to see you there.




Once in awhile we get visitors to the shop. These twin fawns were curious about what was going on.

Fawn visitors to shop


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