Velda Folkner – Owner
In 1998, I was selling blowguns at a local flea market, when “Jungle To Jungle” was a big hit. The gentleman I was buying the blowguns from told me I should be selling knives. So, I ordered $300.00 worth of knives, took them to Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round Up, and sold them all. That is how I got started selling knives. One of the ladies I used to do shows with, is the one that got me started in the mall and so the story goes… In November of 2001, I moved into the South Plains Mall and am still there today.
Over the years, I have seen the taste in knives evolve and transform. I started out being afraid of selling expensive, premium knives. Over the years, I have grown with the business and am selling premium high end and custom made knives. We have sold Boker knives made from the hull of the Tirpitz, sister ship to the Bismarck, to local artisan knives made in Texas, by Texans. That has grown into selling custom knives from Ohio, France, and even South Africa And now, we have moved into the online space.
Please read about my Staff, as they are the true troopers to this next stage, and I love them all!!!
William Dempsey – General Manager
William is a local native to Lubbock born and raised. Being raised by a Marine Father and an Artist Mother, he learned quite a a lot in his lifetime from Painting on a Canvas to Metal Fabrication and Welding. Learning how to sharpen knives by his Father at a young age, he had an Edge in the Scouts when it came to knife maintenance and safety.
William has been a huge fan of Medieval Swords and Weapons and everything else Sci-Fi and Fantasy since he was young, so every time we get in New Swords or Knives we have to put a bib on him to keep him from getting drool everywhere.
William has a good work history of Customer Service and Sales, and is always ready to help in any way. He keeps himself up to date and informed on knife steels and new products coming out so he can hunt down whatever your trying to find, and will present you many options to choose from.
He is one of our most experienced with the Laser Engraving system, and does his best to fulfill your engraving needs, and surprises you with the results!
Nick Meda – Sales Associate
Nick is originally from New Mexico, but moved to this great state in 2011 and found himself in lubbock, Texas. Before he became a Highly Awarded Eagle Scout, Nick discovered the hard way how important knife safety is one night at scouts. Ironically this was during the Knife Safety class that he sliced his hand open.
Throughout his childhood, Nick had always loved to watch competitive reality TV shows. When Forged In Fire came along it changed everything for him; ever since the discovery of Forged In Fire he has tired to learn everything he can about knives. What a better opportunity than working at a knife store?
Nick has had a diverse work history spanning the Food Industry, Pool Maintenance & Cleaning, RV Service Technician, Camp Counselor for Adults with Disabilities, and now Retail Sales. No matter what you need if it is Sharpening, Laser Engraving, or a new Knife? Nick has you covered he can do it all!
Gavin Lathan – Sales Associate
Gavin is from Lubbock and has lived here in for nearly all his life. After being in Boy Scouts for a large portion of his young adult life his love for knives, guns, and the great outdoors was ignited at a young age. With that love for the great outdoors; Gavin has a good knowledge base for recommending Knives & Tools for almost any situation.
Gavin has several years experience in Customer Service, so he is great at helping you find what you need. He will help offer any recommendations and answer any questions you might have when you visit us. Whether you are on the hunt for a great Everyday Carry, Bush Crafting, or Hunting; He will do his best to find a match for your needs.
Come see us for all of your Sharpening, Laser Engraving, and Shopping needs!