Herb Derr started making knives in 1990 and in 1994 he became a full time knifemaker. From the tip of the blade to the butt of the handle, Mr. Derr does everything (sole authorship) in creating a unique, one of a kind custom knife every time. He also makes his own custom sheaths usually using exotic animal skin inlays which are beautifully tanned and hand tooled. He is known for hand forging stunning, 2700 layer, oil quenched, Nickel/Carbon Damascus blades. He calls his custom knives "functional art."