Since writing the bio below, I have figured it might be good to add a few updates.
Knives are more collectible, when there is a traceable history behind the knife and the maker.
You might realize, that each day that goes by is a historical event, but often there is little time to keep track of those events.
So after many hard years of knife making, I look back and find that
at least I was able to take photo's of many of may favorite knives.
Lot's of knife makers won't show their earlier works, because, as time goes on and practice turns the novice and journeyman into the master the work of the past seems shoddy and crude.
Well, I agree, and am no different, except, that these early works are prevalent in every human experience.
Rather than think of them as less, I have come to love and appreciate the trail marks of the journey.
So, I have posted as many photos as possible of my past work on the history pages.
Hopefully you will enjoy viewing and collecting them.
Daniel M. Certo
Hi, and Thanks for Your interest in my work.
I suppose I should give a bit of background information about myself and my knives.
I live and work in a remote area of the Great Smokey Mountains, in Western North Carolina USA. Before becoming a knife maker, I was a Policeman in a Large Northern City, for approx 20 years, the last ten in plain clothes on the warrant squad, was full of action packed adventure which I loved... My law enforcement career, abruptly ended through no fault of my own, politics etc. and left me to look for a new home as well as employment. I could have simply continued with Law Enforcement else where, but I had done it all, and was actually slightly weary of Crips, Bloods, Da hood, and my human trash collecting chores. My father , God rest his soul, was a Staff Sgt. in world war 2, in the third infantry, and survived the battle of the bulge as well as quit a few other battles. two of his brothers and two of his cousins were not so lucky, and gave their lives for my and your freedom. He came home and became a master craftsman, as a watchmaker, a now mostly defunct trade. I always liked guns and knives, had a class 3 firearms license, was a firearms instructor,and sold machine guns to police dept s. part time, had done part time gun smith work, and had been attempting to make knives part time for three years before. I decided that I might be able to make knives
full time....which (after 12 yrs full time) is not recommended for making easy or lots of money. This was the start of a journey into knife making that can really only be fully understood by those that take the path, . I am self schooled, I do all processes in house, as well as photography, web master,computer tech etc.
When one looks at a knife, it appears a simple tool, yet making one that looks and functions perfectly is a constant challenge, and skill that takes great time and patience to master....I am also a marshal artist, and can tell you it's one of those type deals.
My background in Police work lead me toward making knives that were valuable as weapons as well as cutting tools. The police world taught me first hand that sometimes, circumstances put peoples lives at risk. Failure of the weapon or tool in the hand at that moment can be devastating. I am also a knife thrower, and have abused every knife I have ever owned. The one that would cut and survive the rigors of knife throwing were what I considered a good knife.
At first I made daggers and historacal knives from the old west etc, But after Sept.11th 2001
I procured all available mil spec's on Military knives,
and decided to specialize in combat knives for the military and police professional. I went about interviewing soldiers and policemen to find out what they wanted in a knife.
My study found that most active military men stretch the meaning of knife to shovel, crow bar, spear, ax, probe, fork, spoon etc. etc. They want a tool that does not break easily, and is easy to sharpen quickly. They want stainless steel, but will settle for high carbon steel if the knife performs for them otherwise.
In knife making terms, Zone tempered, with RC58 on the cutting edge works great with hand forging and other enhancements even better.
Most Policemen, including my self, reported using the knife only as a backup last ditch weapon, as well as a cutting and prying tool, with strength and conceal ability as a main concern.
So, all of my Relentless models are made with the military and police in mind, although I do make lots of other knives which are more intended for hunting, camping and general utility, they are not nearly as........."Tactical "as RELENTLESS KNIVES.
They do carry the same warranty.
I've been asked if Relentless Knives will stand up to the good reputation they have aquired....
Will your knife stand up to it's reputation....? Well, that's for you to decide, and let me know. All of my Relentless models are made with the military in mind. This gives you a knife that is as flexible as possible in a variety of ways, so you return from your mission with the knife intact and ready for the next, no matter what you encounter. This can get a bit tricky as you might imagine, and that's why there are different models etc. All in all your getting the best possible knife I can make considering time and price. A great all around knife that resists breakage even with repeated throwing, and or lateral forces (handles excepted ), has reasonable edge holding ability with easy sharpening, fits the hand well with gloves or not, can be easily made into a spear, or rope anchor etc.,and at a price most of today's individual military might afford. Give it a work out, with out reserve and let me know what you think. You have a LIFE TIME replacement warranty against breakage except for extreme abuse and handles..Which means, I make the knives out of materials and with processes that are expressly intended to resist the rigors of extreme abuse.and, I abuse each knife before it is finally finished in order to make sure of it's strength. This does not mean the knife is unbreakable, but it does mean that by human force alone, it is difficult to break. So, I consider extreme abuse, a deliberate attempt to destroy the knife. In these cases, have fun and let me know what happens, as this is beyond your warranty. .........i.e. it will melt if you place it near a burning phosphorus grenade or repeatedly pound the handles with a ten pound sledge etc. etc.
Other than the above, it's simple, just return the broken knife and I'll make you another without delay. Shipping is on you one way.
Thanks for Your time and Interest.
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