SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on custom knifemakers in The American Redoubt.


A reader wrote to mention a fascinating interview, published back in February: The New West: Assessing the political map in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

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A raft of new businesses have announced openings in the inland northwest.



I recently heard about Elijah Williams of Fire Creek Forge, in Troy, Idaho. He makes some great custom fixed-blade knives, at quite reasonable prices.

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C. Thomas Knives, of Hayden, Idaho is famous for blades that are re-forged primarily from large circular commercial woodsaw blades. His etched and Damascus blades are gorgeous.

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A television news profile of Bill Burke: Idaho knife maker a master of his craft

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Tindall Knives are handmade in Idaho, by Forrest Tindall.

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The third annual Inland Northwest Preparedness Expo will be held September 22nd and 23rd at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, Idaho.


No tally of custom knifemakers would be complete without a mention of Ruana Knives of Bonner, Montana.

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Ed Caffrey is an ABS Mastersmith who makes amazing knives. He also make some beautiful iron roses.

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Another ABS Mastersmith is Josh Smith of Frenchtown, Montana.


Eastern Oregon

If you ever pass though Bend, Oregon, check out Griffin Made Knives.

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Prairie City obsidian knife maker cuts through competition

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Well, not quite eastern Oregon, but Cy Swan or Roseburg, Oregon deserves a mention.


Eastern Washington

D. Adams of Spokane Valley, Washington makes great knives that are fairly inexpensive.

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Bruce Bump of Walla Walla makes truly artisan quality knives.

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Mark your calendar: The Thrivalist Self-Sufficiency Skills Fair will be held September 2nd and 3rd at Northeast Washington Fair Grounds in Colville, Washington.

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Spokane, Washington: Secret decoder ring needed in kidnap case



Steve Torok of Laramie Knifeworks makes some amazing custom knives.

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Ed Fowler of Riverton forges his own blades, primarily from 52100 Ball Bearing steel.


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  1. “The New West” Interesting article. West of the Divide, the state has gone down the rat hole of liberalism. Talk to any realtor who is honest and you will find out what persuasion people are who are moving there. Imo, the only thing that will change that trend is the coming brutal winters.

  2. Thank you for the mention, JWR! We’re a family business committed to quality 100% handmade knives for real world use. I’m very blessed to be able to make a living at it.


    Elijah Williams
    Fire Creek Forge

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