We are a small, family run company in Robins, Iowa.

Our passion is creating classic pocket knives that you will not want to leave home without.  Our focus is on minimizing the time between order and delivery, because you should not have to see five seasons - it's a local thing - go by before what you paid for is delivered.

What you will find in one of our folders are the traits that we believe make up the ideal flipper:

  • Fast, smooth, and very precise flipping action.  
  • Overall elegant appearance, with the durability of an Abrams tank.
  • Regardless of size, it all but disappears in your pocket and is sufficiently concealable to wear in an office environment.
Joe

I work full time as an engineer for an Aerospace company and Holt Bladeworks is what consumes the rest of my free time.

My first attempt at making a knife was when I was five.  My first masterpiece was a mild steel, double edged dagger,  colored back with a sharpie and sporting an electrical tape handle.  It was very tactical and would have made a great Rambo knife.  When my mom found me sanding on my knife in the garage, she was less than impressed and most likely concerned about my future.  The next summer, when I disassembled the lawn mower for go-cart parts, my dad decided it was time to re-focus my enthusiasm.  He was a career machinist with a lot of mechanical ability, and the single driving force behind my work today.

Up until October 2016, I had been exclusively making fixed blades. The majority were hunting knives, heavily inspired by the great Bob Loveless.  I have always believed that his work was the pinnacle of form and function.  His knives have the most comfortable handles that I have ever felt.  Given the machinery of the time, his work was truly brilliant.  I have tried to carry over the best elements of his designs into all of my knives.

In 2016, I went to the Blade Knife Show in Atlanta, Georgia and was taken with all of the folder designs that were displayed.  There was a wide variety of size, overall feel, and visual design.  Some of the flippers there were absolutely incredible and I found myself enthralled with the inner workings of what set the different knives apart.  Over the next few months, I continually thought about about what traits made up the ideal flipper.  The traits that always landed on top of the list were: flipping action, durability, and clean lines.  

I spent so much time thinking about flippers that I decided to convert my old Sieg Super X3 mill into a CNC machine, and start putting my thoughts into actions.  Building the CNC control box and converting over to ball screws wasn’t all that difficult, but as it turned out the little mill was simply not stiff enough to mill titanium well.  However, I was able to create a respectable prototype from the little mill which justified the investment of a more capable machine.  I contacted Tormach and ordered the PCNC1100.  Aside from figuring out how to get a 1200 pound machine into my non-walkout basement, it has been fairly straight forward ever since.

Overall, my style leans towards tactical, but in the form of a gent’s knife.  My goal is to continue producing folders that have the traits I believe make up the ideal flipper:

  • Fast, smooth, and very precise flipping action.  
  • Overall elegant appearance, with the durability of an Abrams tank.
  • Regardless of size, it all but disappears in your pocket and is sufficiently concealable to wear in an office environment.
Angey

I work full time as an engineer for an Aerospace company and Holt Bladeworks is what consumes the rest of my free time. 

My responsibilities around the shop are to support Joe and all of you.  I manage the emails, orders, and most of the finishing work.  The best part about my job is interacting with all you and helping to create the knife that matches the vision in your mind.   

 

Anna aka Shop Dog

I am a 12 year old retired AKC Champion.  I mostly lay around the shop stealing any form of paper products left unattended.  It is a thankless job, but someone needs to do it.