I was born in Yonkers, NY and grew up in Levittown, NY. After majoring in percussion at Manhattan School of Music, I had a 35-year career as a professional musician. I referred to myself as a journeyman musician because I was involved in just about every type of music. I played drums in the pit orchestras of Broadway shows including “Promises, Promises”, “Irene”, “Grease” and “A Chorus Line” and a number of off-Broadway productions. I was on the road with the Glenn Miller Band, the First Moog Quartet (Moog was the inventor of the synthesizer) and numerous rock and roll acts. One of the bands I played with, The Insect Trust, was named one of the best rock bands of 1970 by Rolling Stone Magazine. I also spent many years playing behind Connie Francis, Kenny Rogers and Dusty Springfield in some of New York City’s finest hotels. I worked with dance companies, in television, in a few movies and in many commercials.
In the mid 1970s, I was introduced to the world of handmade knives when a close friend of mine showed me his collection of early Loveless and Henry knives. I was totally bowled over by the look and feel of those custom handcrafted pieces. I immediately requested the Loveless-Barney book “How To Make Knives” as a Christmas gift from my parents. That was the beginning….
In 1979, after reading every book available on the subject of handmade knives, I bought rudimentary equipment at various flea markets, enlisted friends to teach me machine shop basics, and made my first knife. Over several years, I studied pattern-welded steel making with Daryl Meier and Rob Hudson, mokumé gane with Albert Anderson at Penn State and specific knifemaking techniques with various established knifemakers.
Since inventing my MCS (Multi-Concealment Sheath) System, my principal focus has been designing and producing tactical/self-defense knives. However, I also make and sell high-end collector pieces, handsome, functional chef’s and kitchen utility knives, as well as hunting and fishing knives.
I am a member of the American Knifemakers Guild, the American Knife and Tool Institute, the Northeast Cutlery Collector’s Association, and the Corporazione Italiana Cotellinai.