Fiddleback Forge was started by Andy Roy in his garage in 2007. What began as a passion project quickly graduated to a real business in May of 2009 when Andy was laid off from his job as an antenna engineer. With his new basement shop, he began turning out 6 knives per week and was able to make ends meet.
More than a decade after Andy's first knife was made from a file and some leftover hickory was made in his garage, Fiddleback Forge is housed in a professional shop with several full-time employees & apprentices. The current operation has successfully created thousands of beautiful handmade knives. In addition to the beloved handmade models, there's been countless Mid-Tech Production Field Knives made.
In early 2018, the shop also started to manufacture a new line of knives featuring designs by Andy Roy, as well as other popular knifemakers like Dylan Fletcher of Fletcher Knives, and more to come. This new company is known as Cumming Bladeworks USA...named after their previous shop location in Cumming, GA. The shop has since moved to Braselton, GA into a facility that's more streamlined for efficiency. It's meant to be an entry level knife at a lower price point than the Fiddleback Forge lines.
Even with a broader range of knives being made, Fiddleback Forge continues to focus on what matters; making great knives. This is what Andy had to say about our focus:
Handles and grinds are the focus of my knives. I am a tool-maker at heart, and strive to make a real cutting tool that is comfortable to use.
The grind I like to put on knives (I still do all the bevel grinding) is the convex grind. I fell in love with convexed knives from the Himalayan Imports Khukuri. I like the strength of the convex grind on a knife, and I find them the easiest to maintain. This is especially true in the field, certainly sandpaper is easier to carry, and less likely to break than stones.
The other aspect of my knives that make them special is the handle. I shape each handle with grinders and files, making each handle comfortable to use and naturally indexed in the hand. I always liked carving walking sticks, back in the Boy Scouts, and I think the shaping still appeals to me on that level. For a long time, the comfort of the handles was the highlight of the knives, while I worked out exactly how to make the convex grind look good.
Every day, I strive to make the handles more comfortable, and the grinds cleaner with every batch. Hopefully, every knife we finish this week is the best knife we've ever made.
We have been lucky enough to surround ourselves with some of the best knife-makers in the country. Whether it is the great guys that are fellow members of the Georgia Knifemakers' Guild, or the national group The Knifemakers' Guild...we've been fortunate to be a part of this fantastic community of knife-makers. Andy was accepted into The Knifemakers' Guild in 2015. Andy is also a voting member of the Georgia Knifemakers' Guild and regularly hosts meetings for the group at the shop.
Andy is the owner and chief designer of Fiddleback Forge. He still does final shaping and grinding of every handmade knife that Fiddleback Forge makes.
Leah is Andy's wife since 2001. She doesn't work in the shop...but she's the boss.
Ivey is not only our Chief Bitch Officer, she has also won the "Employee of the Month Award" every month for the past year.
Allen makes sure that the business runs from day to day. He also has his own great brand of knives, W.A. Surls Knives.
Phillip is our go to guy at the shop. From answering customer emails, phones, and tracking what's going out the door...he's critical to our daily operations. You may know him better as "Vance" on our Blade Forums' sub-forum.
Russell joined the team in 2018. You may know Russell from his own brand, Cohutta Knife Co. He's a fantastic knife-maker on the rise.
Kyle brings a great set of skills from his previous career customizing musical instruments. He also makes knives for his brand, Grange Park Knifeworks.
John has an incredible passion for making knives. He's a hard worker and is learning quickly. Keep your eye out for his work in the near future.
Robert heads up the team at Fiddleback Outpost, which in turn handles our website, online marketing, social media content, support, and shipping.
Allison makes our online world go round over at Fiddleback Outpost. Allison handles most of our website and email support, along with managing online orders and shipping.
Along with our current crew, we've also had the past pleasure of having some of the best knife-makers in the business as apprentices in the shop.
Here's some of the fantastic people that were part of our team over the years:
Dylan Fletcher - Fletcher Knives
Dan Eastland - Dogwood Custom Knives
Damon Lusky - AK Knives
Adam Andreasen - Valkyrie Knives
Allen Surls - W.A. Surls Knives
Chris Linton - Osprey Knife & Tool
Russell Reece - Cohutta Knife Co.
Kyle Mellino - Grange Park Knifeworks
Every apprentice taught us just as much as they learned from working here! Sometimes the best way to learn is to teach, because you usually end up learning new things together.
Dylan Fletcher was Andy's first apprentice, and he's remained a long time friend. They worked side by side together since shortly after Fiddleback Forge was formed. In 2018, Dylan moved Fletcher Knives to a separate shop.
Allen Surls, Russell Reece, & Kyle Mellino are still employees of Fiddleback Forge as they continue to grow their own knife brands as well.
Twice a year, knifemakers, bladesmiths, & blacksmiths from all over Georgia get together for an event to share their craft with the public. Andy helps new knifemakers, old and young, grind fresh edges on their newly forged blades.
The Hammer-In is spearheaded by Carl Rechsteiner, a fellow member of the Georgia Knifemakers' Guild. It's held in the Spring and Fall of each year at the Trackrock Campground in Blairsville, GA.
One of the greatest privileges of this business is the ability to give back. Our current charity of choice is Give Us Paws. Here's more about Give Us Paws from their website:
Give Us Paws is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Houston, Texas. We provide subsidized and free, in-home training of eligible candidates' dogs as service animals. We focus on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and limited mobility. Services are also provided to civilians determined to be disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We can't think of a better group to give back to than the men and women of the U.S. Military who have given so much to us! We owe them more than we could ever repay.
We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for our community of enthusiasts on Blade Forums. We are blessed with one of the most active sub-forums, with one of our threads currently having more than 1.8 million views! Wow! Whether it is a newbie asking questions about the brand or a veteran aficianado showing their newest acquisition from Fiddleback Friday...everyone shows up here to talk about all things Fiddleback.
We are still very active at Blade Forum with new updates daily from both our shop and our extended community of customers. We give previews of upcoming releases, customers write product reviews, and the sheer number of pictures is staggering! If you want to know anything, and everything, about a Fiddleback Forge knife...that's the place to be.
We are humbled every day at the privilege of making tools for you.
We hope you enjoy USING them!
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