Ken Richardson began making knives from old cross cut saws in my spare time from my horseshoeing business around 1990. In 1975 he moved to Dillard, Mo and setup a forge shop on his friends’ quarter horse ranch to take care of his horses and were others could bring horses to get them shoed. Still making knives in spare time they lived with there 7 kids in sight of the Dillard Mill where Ken fashioned a small shop and began making knives which became more and more of a full time job. He soon had to have a ready supply of steel and settled on 1085 spring steel the closest in metallurgy to the old saws. He then found a ready supply of shed deer rocky mountain elk horn.