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Mastersmith Rick DunkerleyRick Dunkerley began making stock removal knives in 1983 and moved to forging knives in 1992.Working along with the other "Montana Boys" Rick has been extremely influential to the makers of folding knives throughout the United States. He specializes in one-of-a-kind mosaic Damascus folders, though he also makes an occasional fixed blade.

Rick was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from high school in Hermitage, PA in 1977. Rick then spent four years in the U. S. Air Force, stationed mostly at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he trained guard, drug, and bomb-sniffing dogs. Rick first started making knives in 1984, and after moving to Montana in 1985, his interest in the craft increased. He made stainless steel hunters and utility knives until 1991, when he began forging carbon steel knives and creating damascus steel. Rick joined the American Bladesmith Society a year later. Since receiving his jouneyman smith rating in 1995, Rick’s main focus has been damascus steel, particularly mosaic and composite bar blades.

Rick attained the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith rating in 1997, and in 2002 was appointed to the Board of Directors. He has been a full-time knifemaker since 1996, except for two months each fall that he operates as an outfitter in Montana’s Scapegoat Wilderness. Rick now specializes in damascus folding knives, and also enjoys making Bowie or Persian style straight knives.

Rick’s knives have been featured with photos and articles in knife publications worldwide, including appearances on the covers of Blade Magazine and Knives Illustrated.

Rick has been highly sought-after as a teacher of the art of forging damascus steel, and has instructed classes for the following entities:

  • Massachusetts College of Art
  • Artist Blacksmith Association of North America
  • Jim Batson’s Bladesmithing Symposium
  • Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
  • Northern Minnesota Blacksmith’s Association
  • Northern Rockies Blacksmith’s Association (2 classes)
  • Western Canada Knifemaker’s Symposium
  • Texarkana College/Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing (3 classes)

Awards:

  • 2003 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2002 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Hunter Utility
  • 2002 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2001 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Of Show 
  • 2000 - Krause Publications, Wooden Sword Award 
  • 2000 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Folding Knife 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Art Knife 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Of Show 
  • 1999 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Damascus 
  • 1998 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 1998 - Blade Magazine, Best Handmade 
  • 1998 - Blade Show, Best Damascus 
  • 1998 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best of Show 
  • 1997 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus
  • 1997 - Blade Show, Best Damascus 
  • 1997 - Blade Magazine, Best Handmade 
  • 1996 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Bowie Fighter 
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