I started my metal work at a very early age. I remember at 10 or 11 years old fashioning crude blades out of old bandsaw blades, and rebar rough hammered flat. I was fortunate enough to have an understanding environment that would let my skills grow.
At 16 I started helping out in the family custom spring shop sweeping floors etc and gradually made my way into spring fabrication. This is where I learned steel composition and proper heat treat on a variety of steel alloys that needed to last a lifetime. It was during this time I made my first real blades with left over production steel. Sadly the family shop closed it's doors over 20 years ago but I've continued to push my craft to new boundaries. I still use some of the original alloy steel in my blades today.
In 2010 I decided to take my craft to market. I began Fallen Oak Forge with the intent of creating unique, fully functional, lifetime legacy blades. In my opinion the best tools are ones used and passed down father to son, daughter; Tools given to friend, brother or sister. We live in a world of throw away items, I want to break the mold and make tools with soul for lack of a better word.
In just 10 plus years I've had the pleasure to work with dozens of military and law enforcement personnel, survivalists, collectors from around the world and blade enthusiasts. Fallen Oak Forge has been published more than once in literature and I've had the pleasure to work on blades for the movie industry on a few occasions.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you see in my shop you're interested in.
Thanks - Ben