Steven completed his first knife, which he still has, in March of 1966. He was lucky enough to have Gil Hibben as his Boy Scout Explorer Advisor whom gave each scout the opportunity to make a knife. For Steven, the "project" evolved into part-time and then full-time work.
Later, Steven had the opportunity to work with Harvey Draper, Rod Chappel, Buster Warenski and, thanks to the kind recommendation of long-time friend/advisor Mr. A.G. Russell, Bob Loveless. Steven is forever grateful for the effect these men have had on his life, and his work.
Over the years he earned a college degree, met and married Dorothy (Oh, happy day) and they're working on raising a family. Knifemaking has remained a constant in his life, since he was a teenager in the Hibben shop. Thirty-some years later, he continues to make using knives that feature well-defined grind lines, precise fit and highly polished blades of, for the most part, 154-CM/ATS-34 type steel. He enjoys the people and places associated with knifemaking and the personal challenge of making each knife as flawless as He can make it. http://www.srjknives.com.