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Hello and thanks for visiting my website. I am Dave Ellis, ABS Mastersmith (retired). My knife collecting goes back to my childhood and really became serious around 1987. Currently I assist both long time collectors as well as those new to knife collecting, obtain the rarest and most beautiful Custom Knives in the world.
My first custom knives were of the combat variety purchased from Phill Hartsfield and Shiva Ki. I followed the work of many Bladesmiths and finally in 1988 I began my apprenticeship under longtime Bladesmith Martin Kruse. I also attended the Bladesmithing classes offered by the ABS (American Bladesmith Society) and when I moved from L.A. to San Diego worked with Al Barton. Al and I tested for our Journeyman stamps for the ABS together and passed the first time, Al received his Masters stamp in 1996 and I mine in 1997. Both Martin and Al have since passed away, I miss them daily!