OCTOBER 8, 2017
For Sammy Fischer, knife making has become a form of therapy. Taking raw materials and turning them into knives is what he does best.
However, Fischer didn’t learn to master the trade on his own. His father, Clyde Fischer, made a name for himself in the knife-making world before anyone knew Sammy Fischer.
“My dad started making knives back in the late ‘60s just as a hobby and it turned into a lot bigger thing than he anticipated,” Fischer said. “All of his friends were wanting knives then they suggested he ought to go into full-time knife making so he did.”
His father’s hobby turned into a full-fledged business, which is what started Fischer in the trade of knife making.
“My brother and I would make knives and do the steps that we could while we were at home,” said Fischer, 56. “That’s kind of how I got into knife making.”
Fischer didn’t always love knife making though. He took a short detour away from the craft until the 1980s, when his father suffered a stroke. Helping and visiting with him after the stroke, he became interested in the craft as a hobby again.
When Fischer’s father passed away in 2001, he inherited his father’s knife-making equipment and really started taking the craft seriously.
His hobby has now turned into a full-blown side business. With no advertising, just a Facebook page and through word of mouth, Fischer has found himself eight months behind in custom knife orders.
“When I think the list is getting short, here come more orders,” Fischer said. “It normally takes about three and a half to four days to make a knife if I’m making them one at a time.”
He works on several knives simultaneously in his Victoria shop.
While he does make sure to thank God for his talent and success, his raw skills have landed him in two knife magazines and won him a handful of awards. But to Fischer, the awards aren’t why he does it.
“I just like taking raw material, going from the basics, completing the knife and doing it right,” he said.
And his customers see it in the final products.