AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF WEAPONS, BLADES AND AFRICAN ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE JAMES SCHMIDT....
1940 - 2000
Born in Schenectady, New York, James
Schmidt grew up with an interest in knife-
making. While living in Charlton, New York,
James began making highly sought after
knives until his untimely demise in July,
2000. In a tribute to the late James Schmidt,
Steve Shackleford, Blade Magazine’s editor,
said “a peerless bladesmith & artisan of knives.
A teacher of life and knew how to live it, how to
interact with others & to be a friend when a
friend was needed, & to be a critic when a critic
James was one of the first 6 knife makers
ever to be designated a Master bladesmith.
James was inducted in the American Bladesmith
Society Hall of Fame August 13, 2011. James’
legendary knives can be seen in “The Great
Collections: Modern Custom Knives” by David
Darom as well as numerous other publications.
A magnificent new coffee table book," James A. Schmidt The Great Master" was recently published too, featuring the beautiful knives he made.