Dellana started making knives in 1994 under the mentorship of the late ABS Mastersmith Jim Schmidt. He taught her to forge her own Damascus steel and make lockback folding knives. She went full-time as a knife maker in 1995. She is known for her art knives with her own distinctive style that incorporates her love of precious metals and gemstones that are deliberately incorporated to the overall design. Function is equally important to Dellana and she strives to have the fit and finish and action of her knives be second to none. All of her knives feature her own Damascus steel.
Her knives have won numerous awards at shows including Best Folder and Best in Show at the BLADE SHOW (1999) and BLADE HANDMADE KNIFE OF THE YEAR awards for that same year.
She is a past voting member of The Knifemakers Guild (1997 – 2004), an Apprentice member of the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) (1994 – 2006) and was a voting member of the prestigious, bi-annual Art Knife Invitational show (AKI) from 1999 – 2015. (She was the first female knife maker to be voted into that organization).
Dellana’s knives have also appeared in numerous magazines and books worldwide, including BLADE Magazine and Knives Illustrated as well as European, Japanese and Chinese magazines. Her work is featured in almost all of Dr. David Darom’s knife books. In 2011, Dr. David Darom published the hardcover, coffee table book “The Art Knives of Van Barnet and Dellana”.
In 2016, Dellana co-authored (with Dr. Larry Marton) the article “Gryzzlesnick” – the making of a Goblin folder. The article was in the October and November, 2016 issues of BLADE magazine.
Dellana has taught “Designing Art Knives” at Jim Batson’s Tannehill Hammer-In in the 1990’s and the ABS Hammer-In in upstate NY in 2000. She has also taught “Lockback Folding Knives” at the New England School of Metalwork in 2015 and 2017.
Past voting member of Knifemakers Guild (1997 – 2004)
ABS member (1994 – 2006)
AKI (Art Knife Invitational) voting member 1999 – 2015 (First female knife maker voted into this prestigious show in 1999).
Gryzzlesnick (Goblin Folder): BLADE Magazine October & November 2016 issues.
2017: Lockback Folding Knives – New England School of Metalwork
2000: ABS Hammer-in in upstate NY: “Designing Art Knives”
1990’s: Tannehill Hammer-in: “Designing Art Knives”
1999 – Best Folder & Best in Show BLADE SHOW
– BLADE Handmade Knife of the Year
Numerous awards ranging from Best in Show to Best Folder at shows like the BLADE Show and the East Coast Custom Knife Show (ECCKS) among others.
Featured in numerous Books, Accomplishments, Etc.:
1995 – 2018: Photos of her knives were featured in numerous knife magazines worldwide. Including BLADE Magazine, Knives Illustrated, etc.
Dr. David Darom Books:
– Dellana’s knives are featured in all but the last 1 or 2 of his books.
– 2011: “The Art Knives of Van Barnett & Dellana” hardcover book by Dr. David Darom was published.
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