kyle royer knives

KYLE ROYER
KNIFE MAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Kyle Royer Knives

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days I reserve specifically for out of state and international patients (HERE).  Thursday I saw a world class athlete from the West Coast and a business owner from the Midwest who has nearly 2,000 employees.  No matter who comes to see me, one of the questions I invariably get is, “What in the world are you doing in Mountain View?  How come you don’t practice in ___________ (insert any big city in the world here)?”  What can I say?  I like it here in the Ozarks.  It’s a great place to live that’s right next door to some of the greatest rivers in the world (HERE), and tremendous MOTORCYCLING no matter which direction from Mountain View you choose to ride.  Today, however, I want to introduce you to someone else from Mountain View (Kyle recently moved to Clever, Missouri — between Springfield and BRANSON) who is doing some completely amazing things.

Kyle Royer has been the world’s premier knife maker for his age for the better part of the last decade.  Only 24, he began his knife-making endeavors as a 4-H project in his early teens, using library books as his guide.  When you look at his work, it’s not tough to see why it’s morphed into a full-time business.  His specialty is knives made from  Damascus steel.

Damascus Steel is steel that’s been heated, folded, pounded together, re-heated, and the process repeated numerous times. The result is a knife with a blade pattern like the one on the right (by TC Blades).  Don’t get me wrong; while this is a nice knife, the pattern seen in the blade is the generic pattern you get from performing the process above.  There are, however, any number of ways to bend, cut, twist, and forge-weld the steel before folding it that allows you to make patterns — some of which can be quite elaborate.   Compare the blade at the right with Kyles blades (above and below) and notice the difference.

If you want to be completely blown away by what this young man is doing in his shop, head on over to KYLE ROYER KNIVES and look at his portfolio (all pics are by his brother Caleb).  Interested in one of his knives?  Just make sure to get on his waiting list (best guess is that it is currently about 5 years).  I’m fortunate enough to own one of his earliest Damascus knives, given to me by his parents as a birthday gift while we were churching together (they were part of the Sunday School class I taught).  Best wishes Kyle.  As always, I’m completely amazed by your particular skill set.   By the way, say hey to your family for me as well.

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