Bruce Bump M.S.

Bruce’s creations are of remarkably complex construction, from the spectrum of materials to the range of skillsets; from tip to butt, a display of craftmanship elevated to an artform.

Bruce’s knife-making journey began in 1988 when he was required to teach a craft to young boys and men from his local scouting group. The first knives looked the business, but when it came to function, there was obviously more to it. Keen to learn how to make a tough blade that held a good edge, he joined the American Bladesmith Society. As he began forging high carbon steel, his blades improved dramatically with better heat control and the addition of a pyrometer and thermocouple – always with the greatest respect for the artistry and imagination of the great “Knifemakers of Old.” A full-time maker since 1998, he received his Journeyman Smith in 2000 under the tutelage of Wayne Goddard, and his Master Smith in 2003 with tremendous help from Master Smiths Ed Caffrey and Audra Draper.