I collected a few more knives as a youngster, and in 1993, while still in high school, I found an old knife that looked handmade. I asked my dad where it came from, and he told me his brother used to make them out of old hacksaw blades from the railroad where he worked. I thought it was the coolest thing so I tried my hand at it. A few weeks later I finished my first knife, a Bowie style knife, using a chainsaw bar for the blade, some brass for the guard, and an antler for the handle.
In 2010 a good friend of mine, that I worked with at the railroad, asked me to make him one — and he paid me for it! After that, the orders started pouring in for my handmade blades. What started as a hobby, turned into an addiction. I love making knives because it is so gratifying to turn raw materials into something useful, and to know that people appreciate the effort that went into their custom knife.
– Ramon Chavez, Owner of Chaves USA