Harvey Dean strives to use the best quality materials in every knife he makes. He begins by hand-forging the blade in your choice of high carbon steel or his own Damascus. The knife is then completed with the customer’s choice of handle material, fittings, and optional embellishments. Harvey prefers to use natural materials for handles, such as hardwoods, antler, pearl, and fossil ivory, but is open to the use of other types of handle materials at the request of the client. Nickel or sterling silver, iron, brass, bronze, or Damascus may be chosen for fittings. The customer may choose to enrich the knife by allowing Harvey to utilize file-work, engraving, carvings or other types of embellishments. A quality handcrafted sheath is provided with each knife.
Harvey’s goal is to make a knife both he and his customer can be proud of. The different styles of Harvey Dean’s knives range from basic utility knives to hunters, camp knives, fighters, Bowies, and folders. Harvey enjoys the challenge of variety and creativity as he produces other types of weaponry such as swords, battle axes, and creative pieces of an unknown or forgotten era.
Harvey has been handcrafting knives since 1981 and began hand-forging blades in 1986. As a member of the American Bladesmith Society he received his Mastersmith rating in 1992. In the summer of 2004, Harvey was selected to serve on the American Bladesmith Society Board. Since 2015 Harvey has served as Chairman of the ABS. In 2007 Harvey was honored to be selected as one of twenty-five knifemakers to exhibit at the Art Knife Invitational. He has served as vice-president of the Texas Knifemakers and Collectors Association since its inception.
Harvey shares his knifemaking knowledge. He is an instructor at the Texarkana College-American Bladesmith Society’s “Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing” in Washington, Arkansas. Over the years, Harvey has taught at knifemaking seminars in a number of states–Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Michigan, Montana, New York, and Texas. Along with Johnny Stout, Harvey hosts two knifemaking seminars a year in New Braunfels, Texas. His knives have been featured in many publications and magazines worldwide.