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Dependable Knives

A name you can rely on!

Custom cutlery handcrafted by Don Kaschmitter

About the Knife Maker

Hi, my name is Don Kaschmitter of Dependable Knives, Davenport, WA.  I have been interested in knives and using knives most of my life.  I have only recently taken these interests and started my hobby of knife making.  My military service, along with my engineering background has played a very important role in my custom knife fabrication.  I spent 4 years in artillery in the Army during the 70’s.  After an honorable discharge, I received a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and have spent 28 years in the engineering field.  I have experience in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Engineering.  I have designed everything from heavy farming equipment to high speed robotics.  I also worked a couple of years for Buck Knives as one of their “New Products Managers” managing the development and manufacture of new products.


I started out using finished blade blanks from some of the knife supply houses on the web.  As I have gained knowledge in metallurgy, grinding and assembly, I have started fabricating my own blades.  I use 440C stainless as well as 1080/1084/1095 high carbon steels.  I have recently started working with John Davis, an award winning Damascus maker, as my mentor in Damascus fabrication.


Please look at some of the recent knives I have made.  If you see anything you like, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Contact Information

(509) 721-0348
Postal address
P.O. Box 601, Davenport, WA 99122
Electronic mail
E-Mail: don@dependableknives.com
Send mail to don@dependableknives.com with questions or comments about this web site.
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