Larry Hostetler's handmade and custom knives are displayed in the following pages. Some were orders created between the customer and myself. All were created with a passion to build custom knives for the daily user or the collector.
I have a saying in my shop, "Every day carry (EDC) doesn't have to be ugly". I make every knife with the belief it will be put to the test by a professional tradesman or the every day user. A work knife receives the same quality treatment as a collector knife.
Larry Hostetler - Knife Maker
Manufacturing Process: I use only the highest quality products in my knives. All work is completed in my shop. I use ATS-34 stainless steel, 0-1 high carbon tool steel and Damascus steel, both stainless and high carbon. All blades are ground from bar stock. I utilize a hollow grind process for blade grinding. I prefer a mirror finish, occasionally I do a hand rubbed finish or a glass bead finish. As a customer, your preference will dictate how the knife is finished.
As a knife maker, I enjoy using exotic materials to finish off my knife handles: Mammoth Tooth & Mammoth Ivory, stag, giraffe bone, buffalo & sheep horn and anything fossilized. My normal stable of handle materials consist of stabilized wood, Micarta and horn. The sheaths are all "Hoss Knives" sheaths, made of high grade leather, handmade, custom fit and molded to each knife.