Charlie Rogers - Bladesmith
Knives have been a part of my life since I was about 5 1/2 years old, and my brother gave me my first pocket knife. I grew up hunting and fishing in the piney woods of East Texas, where I used a knife several times a day. I got the knifemaking bug in 1996 when a friend brought a garbage bag full of magazines, and while I was going through them I found an old Knives Illustrated magazine that had an article on the ribbon cutting at the Bill Moran Bladesmithing School at Old Washington, Arkansas. Seeing some of the knives in it was all I needed. I emptied the garbage bag and got all of the knife magazines out to look at the knives and see what equipment it takes to make them. I started gathering the equipment, and learning what I could, but knew I would not be happy until I got to take the intro class at Old Washington.
In October of 1998 I took the intro class taught by Dr.James Batson. I became a member of the American Bladesmith Society in January of 1999. In August of 99, I traveled to Butte, Montana and spent two weeks learning my Damascus with Bob Bizzell (winner of best new maker,Montana Knifemakers Assocition 1998,and best Damascus blade,Montana Knifemakers Association 2000 show).
In March of 2000, I went back to Old Washington, and took the Inner Locking Folder class, taught by Mel Pardue, and Van Elkins, and the Advanced Folder class, taught by Darrell Ralph.
I am the original founder of the Texas Knifemakers and Collectors Association. The last two years, I have been spending four or five three day weekends working with Mastersmith Bruce Fuller, and attending hammer-ins when possible.
I make one of a kind Damacus, and
high carbon knives,using the
best materials, and natural handle materials.
I test all knives before the handle goes on.
All heat treating is done in a digital controlled
Paragon oven. I use a digital readout on my forge,
so I know the temperature
and do not rely on colors that can be percieved
different with varying light conditions.