Rick was born in Sharon , Pennsylvania and after high school spent four years in the US Air Force where he trained guard, drug and bomb sniffing dogs. Rick first started making knives in 1984 and after moving to Montana in 1985 his interest in the craft increased. He made stainless steel hunters and utility knives until 1991, when he began forging carbon steak knives and creating Damascus steel. Rick joined the American Bladesmith Society a year later. Since receiving his journeyman smith rating in 1995, Rick’s main focus has been Damascus steel, particularly mosaic and composite bar blades. He attained the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith rating in 1997 and in 2002 was selected to the Board of Directors of that organization. He has been a full time knifemaker since 1996 and now specializes in Damascus folding knives and also enjoys making Bowie or Persian style straight knives.