First of all, thank you for taking your time to look at this site. I was blessed to be raised by good parents who did their best to make a good man out of me. My father was a career military man so not surprisingly, I have lived all over the country. Although I now live in Sweet Home Alabama, I have always considered Rapid City, South Dakota my home. I have been a, heavy equipment operator, bartender, bar bouncer, road musician, truck driver, lumberjack, roughneck, auctioneer, hairdresser and the list goes on. My last regular job was as an embalmer.
A couple of years ago I started out to make a belt buckle with a silver dollar in it and ended up making knives. I believe that a knife is one of the most important things you can own. A good knife should be something you can hold and never want to put down. Have you ever cut yourself with your favorite knife, and then carefully sat it down, later picking it up with a different kind of respect? It reminds you now and then that it is a fine tool and demands to be treated like one.
I wanted to create something that everyone used on a daily basis. Something that would become a family heirloom. By making one of my knives a family heirloom of yours, it can be passed down from family member to family member. I want a knife that I've made to be the one thing your kids fight over when you're gone!
My desire is to make a knife you can use everyday; not put in a display case or locked away so that somebody doesn't "touch" it. My knives are hard working, honest knives and user friendly. I don't make "art" knives. The truth is, I don't know how, but someday I hope to have that knowledge. I strive to make a knife that is nice to look at and use. I make my knives by (what is called) the stock removal method. Bob Loveless seemed to do alright by doing it this way! My knives are not cut out in quantities, but cut out of flat stock, one at a time, by me.
If you want to have a handmade knife, you will be getting a handmade knife. I do my own heat treat and tempering of the blades and check the hardness with my Rockwell tester. I want to be able to look you in the eye and say, "I know what this knife is made of and how hard it is." I pray over each knife as I am making it. I pray that it safely performs as intended, and that it will protect the wearer if called upon to do so.
If my knife breaks during normal use, I will replace it. I will drop whatever I am working on and make your replacement, then and there. I am a man of my word. I can also repair, re-handle or regrind certain knives.
It is an honor that you would consider buying a Moslash knife and I mean this with all sincerity. I will always stand behind my knives and promise to keep trying to make each knife better than the one before.
Gary M. Lunsford Gary@Moslash.com