KMA Maker Profile – Paul Baker
[dropcap2]M[/dropcap2]y name is Paul Baker. I was born and bred in Bristol but now reside and work in Gloucestershire.
I made my first knife in 1968 at the age of 15 years. It was a Searls style bowie made from an old carbon steel chefs knife that mysteriously disappeared from my Mothers kitchen drawer.
I sold this knife to a metalworking teacher for what seemed a very large sum for a 15 year old and I became passionate about knives in general.
My career as a technician in the textile industry gave me access to both forge and grinding machines and I spent many free time hours forging Japanese style swords and hunting knives.
In the late 70s and early 80s my textile career took me to many parts of the world, and while in the USA, my highlight being a visit to the Atlanta knife show where I was introduced to several very talented knifemakers.
I gained a wealth of advice and encouragement from them and I retain a passion for Bob loveless designs, especially his early work.
Due to a shoulder injury I no longer forge in anger but use the stock removal method for most of my work, making small hunting and bushcraft knives, occasional bowie and most recent folding knives.