Herbert Derr- custom knifemaker

As an art student at West Virginia State University (BA-Art 1974), Herbert’s goal, as other art students, was to find that one “art project” that can guide your life. Knife making would become my “art project”.

Starting in the mid 1980’s his knife making journey through research and trial and error, mostly error, went slowly until he got the opportunity to take a Damascus making class in 1993 from Hugh Bartrug (MS). I was officially hooked! I sold my mapping business and adequately set up shop to start making knives full-time.

“I specialize in making sole authorship fixed blade Damascus knives with exotic leather inlay sheaths. I have exhibited in many knife shows as well as art and craft shows since 1994. This year will be my twenty third year exhibiting at Blade show.

I have also taught knife making classes at Cedar Lakes Craft Center in West Virginia for twenty years. I continue to work with my local Boy Scout troop assisting them as they make their own hand forged knives and sheaths.

Many knifemakers are helpful in giving pointers and processes they use. The initial passion I got from Hugh Bartrug’s Damascus making class got me started. Jon Wilson from Johnstown, Pennsylvania taught me sheath making that I use to this day. A nice knife and a nice sheath make a complete package. This is why I call my knives “functional art”. “

Herb Derr
P. O. Box 108
St. Albans, WV 25177
Phone 304-727-3866
Email herbderrknives@suddenlink.net


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