Important Info! Deceased makers

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Bobby Branton, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Kevin Morris

    Kevin Morris Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2018
    Heinz Leber?

  2. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    While not a knife maker himself Conrad "Ben" Baker was the Father of the Vietnam era SOG Knife. Ben worked for CISO (Counter Insurgency Support Office) and made many trips to Vietnam, even going on patrols to make sure the gear they were buying/developing worked. Ben passed early on the morning of 16 Dec 2019. RIP. John
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  3. Ed Fowler

    Ed Fowler

    Jul 21, 2001
    Mark Reich one of our HEPK Masters from Belle Fouche South Dakota just passed away today, he was a great friend and supreme knife maker, he will be missed!
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  4. Joss

    Joss Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    Keith Larman, polisher of (mostly) US-made Japanese style swords and a sometimes contributor here, passed away a few days ago on Jan 24. He had been in the hospital for several months, first due to acute pancreatitis, then sepsis, according to a Facebook post by his friend ABS Mastersmith Howard Clark.

    You can see some of his work on his site:

    I have at least three pieces he polished for me. He was someone I had a lot of respect for.
  5. Keith Grice

    Keith Grice

    Apr 23, 2019
    Jerry Grice passed October 2004, my father.

    Mom passed a year ago and now we can finally work on selling his stuff. I will be bringing some of his knives, scales, mammoth, and supplies to the Blade Show this year. I have so much stuff I reserved a table to sell.
  6. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    perhaps someone can verify .. I heard Jay Harris from the San Francisco area passed...

    Also Igor Shirogorov died in a car crash 2015. Primarily known for Shirogorov Brothers production knives, he was a consummate designer and made a helluva custom knife.
  7. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I just found out that Peter Marzitelli passed away in May 2019.

    Peter was one of the first people that I got to know in the custom knife world and we worked together on my first real design project. Basically, he opened the door to the world of custom knives for me and I will always be thankful for the role that he played in my life.


    Shop tour thread
  8. lhzeng


    Dec 4, 2017
    Butch Vallotton passed away yesterday.
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  9. EmmaQuinn911


    Aug 11, 2020
    I confirm! Please share the link, it will be more convenient to share the list.
  10. argel55


    Oct 30, 2005
    Announced yesterday the passing of Chris Marks Master smith . RIP make of great damascus for blades and bolsters.
  11. Loki81


    Feb 23, 2020
    While not known to a lot of people, R. Leslie Hoag. He was my grandfather and the inspiration behind me learning the craft. His initials can be found on every blade I have ever forged. He passed away in September of 1994.
  12. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Mike Fuller, founder of TOPS Knives reportedly died last Saturday, 8 Nov 2020. RIP. John
  13. lhzeng


    Dec 4, 2017
    Just heard Tony Bose passed away.
  14. Joe Corwin

    Joe Corwin

    Nov 29, 2020

    Tony Bose age away at age 74 cause of Death was a Heart attack.
  15. Liz Silva

    Liz Silva

    Dec 1, 2020
    Yes Gay Rocha is alive and well in Oregon. You can contact me and I can put you in touch with him
    [email protected]
    Liz Silva
  16. Stefan73

    Stefan73 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2014
    I was lucky enough to have met Mr. Russell more than once! I am in fact carrying a pocket knife that I bought from him at this moment. Wonderful man!
  17. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    Jim siska passed away. rest in peace.
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  18. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Jim Siska = A fine, quiet and talented man. EVERYONE loved this guy. Me too.

    I am wistful. :(
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  19. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    God Bless and God Speed....:(
  20. billf

    billf Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Jim was the nicest, low key guy - beautiful knives!

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