Knifemaking came to me in a very round about way.  I was an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialty in trauma, practicing in Athens, Georgia since 1986.  On July 24, 2008, I was hit head-on by an 18 wheeler.  One year and 21 operations later (now 23) I was up again, but unable to return to the work I loved. 

   At a loss for what to do with myself, I struggled.  I had told my family and friends that I wanted to make knives at some point in my life and had collected knives for years because I admired the craftsmanship that went into making them.  Taking that first step was the hard part for me.  There were so many excuses - I did not know what equipment to buy, the equipment was expensive, who would teach me, and on and on.  My eyes were opened, when it was pointed out to me by a friend that the real reason I did not start making knives was that subconsciously I was scared that I would not like it as much as I had loved performing surgery- and then where would I be?  This hit me like a ton of bricks.  I came home and discussed this with my wife and decided that day to do something about it.  On the computer, I started looking for knifesmiths in my area and found one in my hometown.  Better yet, his forge was a block from my house.  After a few phone calls, I arranged to go to his forge and watch him instruct men from his church in knifemaking.  That was August 1, 2011.  The knifesmith is now my good friend and mentor- John Costa.  We still share the forge and I have been working there almost every day since. 

   I love the entire process of knifemaking-from forging to the finish work.  My knives are forged, filed, sanded, and finished by hand with a minimal use of power equipment.  I strive to make an excellent quality working knife that is not only functional, but beautiful.  Knifemaking turned out to be the perfect "therapy" for me--it keeps my mind still and my hands busy.

   I would like to sincerely thank John Costa for his friendship and guidance, the Georgia Custom Knifemakers Guild and all of its members, the American Bladesmith Society, Rick Lowe, Jim Small, Carl Rechsteiner, Andy Roy and Bud Siniard for all their help, and especially all my wonderful children and my beautiful wife, Jean, for their love, support, and patience.  

   Each handcrafted knife from Cattle Dog Forge comes with a handmade leather sheath made specifically for that knife; a certificate of authenticity that tells the date of completion, dimensions, all materials used in making your knife and any special or unique features of the knife; a post-it note that has been cut by the knife to demonstrate its sharpness and a lifetime guarantee for normal and non-abussive use as long as the forge is in operation.


                                                                              Daniel Moye

                                                                                              Member Georgia Custom Knifemakers' Guild                                                                                                                                   Apprentice, American Blaadesmith Society