001-Ron-BestI was born December 9, 1972 in Wilmington, NC in New Hanover County. I later moved to Stokes, NC where I have resided since.  I have worked in the Concrete Construction business since I was a boy with my Dad and brother.  I became interested in knives when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  I would grind Dad’s wrenches up trying to make a knife.  Around nine years ago, I made a meat cleaver for my dad and enjoyed the process so much that I decided to intensify the pursuit.  I have always loved to work with my hands using metal or wood.  I was contacted by a collector who wanted an integral knife.  I made the knife for him and it turned out great.

I don’t use CNC machinery when making my knives.  In the year 2007, I became a probationary member of The Knife Maker’s Guild.  While at my first Knifemakers’ Guild Show, I won the prestigious W.W. Cronk Award with a D guard fighter with ivory handle. I work very hard to construct my knives and I perfect my knife making skills with the finest materials available and adorn them with engraving of Mater Jere Davidson.  Later, I received my second Cronk award at the 2008, 25th and “final” year of the W. W. Cronk.

Art Knife Show in Florida with a black lip pearl fighter.  These awards have been instrumental in my continued growth as a knife maker.  I always work very hard to obtain non-ordinary construction and I place the utmost importance on perfection on my knife making skills.