Tom is a relatively new maker, having made his first slip joint in 2009. He specializes in traditional style knives and won the “Best New Maker” award at the 2012 Blade Show. I met Tom at the 2012 Ft Worth Show and bought the best looking knife at the show, his, an ivory handled Trapper engraved by Joe Mason. Some background about Tom from his website: “I have always had a love for pocket knives, even as a young boy. I bought my first custom knife many years ago from Pat West of Charlotte Texas. He suggested I buy a grinder and get started making knives. A few years later I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Ruple. Bill is the inspiration behind my knife passion."