I am an award winning, multi-talented knife designer & maker with over two decades of creative insites and innovation.

Often in life we are blinded by the multi stimuli of our primal senses. We fail to see the things around us. I am inspired by the things around me – the way a branch grows out of a tree, the shape of a leaf, artwork, and sometimes even a movie. Architecture is yet another medium which, if envisioned on varying scales, can yield some interesting knife design ideas.

Haslinger Custom Knives
Haslinger Custom Knives

As an artist, my sense and direction have gone from a strictly utilitarian purpose to a form of expression that figuratively speaks to people, without sacrificing the purpose of the knife. To be able to blend materials, so ancient & exquisite as ivory from a mammoth tusk with a piece of modern steel is a gift to me. To take this gift and make it into an art that emotionally moves human beings, is a reward that I can not measure in mere words. To me there is no greater sense of accomplishment than this.

What I do.

I am a former member of the Canadian Knifemakers Guild, which I joined in 1997, as well as a former member of the Deusche Messermacher Guilde since 2010.

The joy of creating a one-of-a-kind knife that will last a lifetime is represented in each knife that I make – in its beauty, design, craftsmanship, and function.

All of the steps involved in crafting a handmade knife – from the design, cutting out the rough shape, grinding, heat treating, polishing, and fitting – are done by myself. In addition, the leather sheaths I make for each of my knives are hand stitched and treated for longevity and performance.