Tom began making knives in 1977. He was inspired after having seen a couple handmade knives his father-in-law, a master tool and die maker, had made. He made some folders as Christmas gifts to family members. Tom began researching custom knives and learned there was a collector market. He began designing, making, and selling his knives which have remained in demand ever since. After retiring from a 36-year career in the aircraft industry in December 2001, Tom went full time as a knife maker.
Tom specializes in collector grade folders, but also makes an occasional bowies, chute knives, etc. He uses all top grade steels as well as Damascus and prefers stable handle materials such as mother of pearl, minerals and jigged bone. Tom is a multi-award winning knifemaker with a long waiting list. His fit and finish is second to none. You will never be disappointed with a Tom Overeynder knife.