My name is Bill Siegle and I have been making knives since I was 8 years old. I grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Working on a small family run sawmill gave me an appreciation for cutting tools of all kinds. I served in the US Army for 4 years in the Infantry  and have worked mainly as a machinist/Laser Operator for most of my civilian life. As far as my knife making career, I am mostly self taught but  did spend as much time as I could with ABS Master Smith James Schmidt when I was a teenager before entering the military. He taught me a lot about knives and the business of knives.  He will be missed. One of the main points Jim taught me was that no matter what you add to a knife cosmetically, it must be able to work as a tool and that is what I strive to make. I continue to learn more about knife making as I interact with my customers and other knife makers.  My wife and I moved out to Oregon seeking work in the knife industry in 1995 and haven’t looked back since. We have 1 son who, so far, shares my love of the outdoors and cutlery. I love the North West and all the adventure and beautiful nature it contains. When not making knives or working the day job, I enjoy target shooting, hiking, camping, and kayaking.