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Frank Centofante, Remembering A Great Custom Knife Maker

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Frank was a pioneer in the custom knife business. He was in the knife making business forty years. He was also one of the presidents of the American Knifemakers Guild.

From a family of Italian immigrants, Frank Centofante learned knife making from his father in while living in Florida.

Frank  won many awards including, Red Watson Award presented by the Knifemakers Guild, Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame, Beretta Award. He co-authored the book “How To Make Folding Knives” along with knifemakers RonLake and Wayne Clay.

Centofante made many different models of knives. He started making fixed blade knives but soon decided that folders were his forte. He designed several models of folders mostly liner lock models. He was known for producing high end collectible folding knives. He was also know for several  collabrations with Spyderco knives & Kershaw Knives.

Frank Centofante was born in 1936 and passed away September 2009 in Madisonville, Tennessee. His knives live on.

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Frank Centofante Pearl Damascus Lockback Folding Knife

More information about this beautiful Centofante knife at Lee’s Cutlery

 

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