My name is Thomas F. McGuane IV. I live in Bozeman, Montana, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, with my wife Michelle and my young son Thomas. I was born in Palo Alto, California while my father,the renowned author, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Initially influenced by my father's profession, I graduated Montana State University with a degree in English Literature.
Though I loved literature, my hands were more interested in wielding blades than words, and so I began making knives over a decade ago. In pursuit of my craft, I have been fortunate to travel throughout the United States and Japan to meet and learn from numerous master craftspeople. These experiences, as well as attendance at select knife shows each year, have exposed me to a wide variety of styles and techniques. In turn, my pieces have earned a reputation that draws customers to my workshop in and on everything from Gulfstreams to Harleys.
As a bladesmith, I believe that a knife that is both beautiful and has a practical purpose becomes a genuine friend. If an elegant watch were to keep poor time I would immediately lose interest in it. Likewise, an artistic knife that does not perform well, would sorely disappoint me. Though many of the blades I make are one-of-a-kind art pieces, exhibiting highly decorative traits, they never stray from technical and functional superiority. As with many handcrafted items much of the beauty is intrinsic and must be felt to be experienced.
My work requires considerable time and patience to meet my exacting standards. I offer very few "models" and do not make "custom" knives per se. I do field requests, but I produce my designs only. I believe this approach is what pleases my customers and yields the finest products. It is my goal to offer only the finest items I can produce. Additionally, I accept commissions on a limited basis.
When I am not patiently crafting my latest pieces, I enjoy attacking the mountains on my skis and snowboard. In the summer, I enjoy fishing and hiking in the many beautiful canyons of the Gallatin Valley.
I welcome your inquires about my craft and would be pleased to produce a knife for you.
Thomas McGuane, IV