POBox 3474
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
(480) 330-2854

Kopp Custom Knives
Todd M. Kopp Biography

I have always had a great interest in knives, even when I was a young boy growing up in Wisconsin.  My dad gave me a knife that my grandfather made.  I never got to meet my grandfather so that knife is very special to me.

I first got started making knives in 1988 when a co-worker gave me a piece of tool steel from a saw to work.  My brother told me that the knife that I made out of it looked like something made in a prison.

I enjoy knifemaking because you are starting out with a chunk of steel and a chunk of ivory, and you hopefully end up with something of beauty.

These are a few of the many makers that have inspired me: Buster Warenski, D'Holder, Dennis Freidly, Tim Hancock, and Don Norris.

I prefer using damascus steel because of the wide variety of beautiful patterns available.  I like using natural materials for handles such as fossil Walrus, Mammoth ivory, and Mammoth teeth.  I believe these materials make knives more desirable.

I use a Burr King, lathe, mill, surface grinder, saw, and a drill press.

I belong to the Arizona Knife Collectors Association, Bay Area Knife Collectors Association, Southern California Blade Collectors, and the Oregon Knife Collectors Association.

Accomplishments List:

1991 Most Promising New Maker (first knife show)
1994 Arizona Knife Collectors Association Annual Club Knife
1995 Best Dagger - Las Vegas Classic Knife Show
1995 Best Art Knife - Knife Expo
1995 Best Art Knife - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
1996 Best Art Knife - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
1997 Best Art Knife - Knife Expo
1997 Arizona Knife Collectors Association Annual Club Knife
1998 Best Art Knife - Knife Expo
1999 Best Fighter - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2000 Best Fighter - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2000 Best of Show - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2004 Best Fixed Blade - Knife Expo
2004 Best Miniature - Paul Basch Show - Scottsdale
2004 Best Miniature - Arizona Knife Collectors Association - Tucson
2004 Best Fixed Blade - Arizona Knife Collectors Association - Tucson
2004 Best of Show - Arizona Knife Collectors Association - Tucson
2004 Best of Show - Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2005 Best Art Knife - Oregon Knife Collectors Association