Frank Centofante is well known legend in the custom knife industry, a celebrated veteran knife maker, and respected voice in the cutlery community.
Frank sold his first knife in 1968. working as a paramedic and fireman in Tampa, Fl., he would make knives on his swing shift. He began making knives on a regular basis in 1970 and has continued to produce quality custom cutlery ever since. Centofante began his career producing mostly fixed blade knives and then ventured into lockback folders. He joined the Knifemakers Guild in 1971, served on its board of directors for 20 years and served as president of the guild from 1989 to 1996. He is also a member of the Cutlery Hall of Fame and has received several awards to be honored by the industry including Red Watson Award presented by the Knifemakers Guild, Blade Magazine Publishers Award, Beretta Award as well as many others. Frank was also a member of the Corporazione Italiana Coltellinai .
Frank made many different models of knives. He started like most by 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.
As a key contributor in educating Spyderco’s manufacturing team for many years, Frank taught them to learn how to recognize, appreciate and build quality knives. His advice was sage with him saying often “if you can’t see the difference…you can’t build the difference.”
Frank co-authored the book “How to Make Folding Knves” along with well known knifemakers Ron Lake and Wayne Clay.
Frank Centofante died Sept 7, 2009 after struggling with a long illness. The knife world truley lost one of the “giants” of the knife industry.
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