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North Bay Forge was founded in 1987 when my wife and I moved to Waldron Island. Toolsmithing held a particular fascination for me in its technical metallurgical aspects because of my engineering background. (I graduated from Rutgers University in 1980 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.) I was absolutely intrigued with applying theoretical concepts to highly refined steels that I could hammer on my anvil, heat treat, and then run a myriad of tests to see which ones held up the best! Such was the beginning of my education in this trade which has become my life's work.

After over 25 years of making thousands of knives, I am still challenged to make the absolute best knives I can so that the people who use them will be amazed at how well they perform - that is what keeps me going.

The most meaningful part of my business is having great customers who appreciate my tools. Thank you all!

 
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My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.

Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.

 
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