How it started
To Our Valued Customers:
It seems like the perfect time to share with you how Koenig Knives came to be.
My interest in knives started when I made my first knife while I was still in Boy Scouts. I would also buy knives, take them apart and clean them.
My Dad took me to blade shows where I bought and sold knives. Although my father didn’t know much about knives at the time, he totally supported me by taking me to those shows.
As a kid, in order to earn money to buy knives, as well as to purchase my first knife sharpening equipment, I mucked horses for a local business and sharpened knives while living in Tucson, Arizona.
When I was 14, our family moved to Salmon, Idaho where I got a job working on a ranch. I also worked for a gold mining company in Salmon.
All these jobs allowed me to pursue my passion for knives.
In January of 2013, I sat on the sofa in our family home and asked my Dad,“if I could get the money and start my own knife business would you quit your job and go into partnership with me?” My Dad replied, “in a heartbeat”! His answer really didn’t surprise me, as I always had the support of my parents and in particular my Father since I was a boy. Unfortunately, the very next day my Dad passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack.
Although I was broken hearted, I was determined to make my father’s and my dream come true.
I wanted to buy all of my own equipment and start my very own business and that takes money. At barely 19 years old, off I went to the oil fields of North Dakota where I knew there were good paying jobs. I was fortunate to work for a great company while there.
On my days off I would drive down from Williston, North Dakota to Boise, Idaho---950 miles---to work on my knife business.
Then I’d drive back to North Dakota to work my long days for 4-6 weeks before my next 2 weeks off, then back to Boise to work on my knives.
I did this for close to 3 years.
I then worked on my knives at a local knife company for a short period of time.
By the fall of 2016 I had the money to open my own shop. I was able to lease a building; buy a brand new Haas CNC; a surface grinder; a tumbler, a sand blaster, workbenches, drills, knife sharpening equipment,and several other necessary pieces of equipment to complete my shop and be in charge of my own knife business destiny. It has taken a lot of hard work and long hours to get to where I am today, but I am living my dream.
I love what I do.
I have been blessed with good employees and a very loving and supportive family who also enjoy the knife business.
One could say I have been in business and on this journey since I was 12 years old starting with collecting, trading, and sharpening knives.
As I watch my company grow, I am filled with gratitude for my mentors, customers, family and friends. I know I am very blessed. To all of them I say “thank you!”
In closing, I’m thrilled to be able to say that my father's and my dream is being fulfilled.
Thank you for taking an interest in Koenig Knives.