About Us

Velda Folkner

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 transpire. I started out being afraid of selling a knife over $100.00. I have grown with the business and am selling premium blades for over $900.00. 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. The next story will be for me to get this started online, hopefully, you will help me do this!

Please read about my employees, as they are the true troopers to this next stage, and I love them all!!!

Velda Folkner


Terry Trahan

Sales Associate/Manager

Terry has been a fixture in the knife world for 2 decades, from multiple sides of the coin. He has worked for some of the bigger named knife companies, covering all aspects of the industry, from repair, customer service, sales, catalog copy, design, to warehouse, domestic and international shipping, and trade shows. This exposure has given him a wide base of knowledge of the technical side of things, and an understanding of the what and hows of the ways knives work, and what to recommend for your particular needs.

He has also been involved in the tactical/defense side of the knife world for longer. Traveling to teach seminars on self defense, awareness, people reading,  knife fighting, and other aspects of personal protection. Terry has also trained or taught with some of the biggest names in the self defense world, and remains involved with them. These include author/teachers such as Marc MacYoung, Rory Miller, Kelly Worden, Ed Calderon, and many others. He is an instructor with Violence Dynamics, lead instructor for the Kapatiran Suntukan Martial Arts organization, and holds instructor level rank in many martial arts. He has been featured in a number of knife magazines, and cited in many books on combatives and self defense. He consults with knife makers, authors, and various agencies and individuals in the military and law enforcement arena. He brings a real world view based on his years of working in various security and high risk occupations.

Terry still writes for numerous publications on subjects as varied as defensive knife use, trauma care, urban survival, awareness, and improvised/various weapons types.

Terry brings all of this experience to his work in the store, to provide you with the best knife or gear for your needs.


Robert Sanders

Sales Associate

Robert is a genuine home-town kind of guy. Having lived in Lubbock for 50+ years he likes everything “pan-handle style” and his favorite colors are Scarlett and black. Go Texas Tech! He started working at Cutting Edge Gifts in August of 2015 and was recognized as top salesman in both 2019 and 2020.

Robert is always ready to offer up a quick “Howdy Folks” to every customer that walks through the doors and is happy to help you with all your knife needs. He particularly likes to show off all the new Benchmade products and is eager to help you understand the importance of having a knife with premium steel.

“Everyone has preferences to the different brand and style of their knife. With so many choices in today’s market sometimes you have to guide a customer through several different options to find the one knife that feels just right to them. That’s what I like most about my work here. Knowing that the customer has had a chance to make an informed decision and does not feel pressured or rushed. Keep ‘em happy and they will keep coming back.”



Andrew Purdom
Sales Associate

Andrew has worked for Cutting Edge Gifts since 2014. As a young knife enthusiast his knowledge base for all the major knife manufactures offered at CEG has expanded each year. Now he is uniquely qualified to explain the different blade shapes and styles, the wide assortment of blade steels, handle materials, locks, actions, and suggested uses for all the products carried at CEG.

Andrew is also the in-house engraver at Cutting Edge Gifts. Since 2019 when CEG first began offering custom Laser Engraving to our customers, Andrew has been responsible for 85% of the engraving work done. This has allowed him to become proficient with engraving on different metals and surfaces. He can handle most all of your engraving needs.

Andrew prides himself on his courteous service and knowledgeable answers to all your knife and sword needs.

“Be glad to take care of all your engraving needs!”-Andrew


Ellen Lupardus
Sales Associate

Ellen has been working for Cutting Edge Gifts for two months and is continuing to learn about knives, and other things we carry in the store. Though she is new to the knife industry she has gained a lot of knowledge about knives since she has been here. She has learned about opening mechanisms, locks, blade style and different types of steel, as well as handle material. She is always eager to learn and expand her knowledge on knives.  

Ellen has a background of working in sales and brings a welcoming and energetic atmosphere to the store. She is always up for having a conversation with anyone she meets, and makes sure customers feel welcome. She makes sure to do plenty of research before making recommendations on products for you or as a gift for someone else. Ellen has been enjoying her time here at Cutting Edge Gifts and learning about everyone and what they know about knives.