Rick Hinderer began his knife making career in the mid 1980's. Initially Rick specialized in the making of art knives. Calling on his real world experience as a Fire Fighter, EMT and member of the rescue dive team Rick began looking at knives and designs more as hard use tactical tools than works of art. Rick began designing and building tactical folders meant for hard use in the real world. His background designing art knives along with his skills as a machinist served him well in this endeavor. Rick Hinderer knives are in high demand.
Rick's designs have been licensed by several major knife production companies and his lock-bar stabilizer is also being used by custom and production companies. When Rick displays at knife shows it is not unusual for a hundred or more people to participate in lottery type drawing for the opportunity to purchase one of his knives.