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Zac Buchanan Custom Knives

Zac Buchanan Custom Knives

Zac Buchanan is a custom knifemaker hailing from Eugene, OR whose been around custom knives his entire life. His father, Thad Buchanan is also a custom knifemaker and was lucky enough to call Bill Harsey, Ron Lake, and the late Bob Lum close personal friends. Zac learned the nuances of knifemaking from his father and specializes in RW Loveless style fixed blades but also makes some folders of his own design which we are proud to bring to you.

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Zac Buchanan Custom Magi Flipper Knife 3.05 inch CPM-154 Mirror Polished Blade, Gold Lip Mother of Pearl Handles with Zirconium Bolsters, Spacer and Clip
Zac Buchanan Custom Magi Flipper Knife 3.05" CPM-154 Mirror Polis…
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My name is Zac Buchanan. I was born in Eugene, OR in 1984. My dad, Thad Buchanan, has made knives for as long as I can remember. As a kid I liked to help in the shop every now and again. Growing up I spent time around Bill Harsey, Bob Lum, Ron Lake and their families. I never realized that they were world-renowned knife makers; they were just my Dad's friends. But looking back on it, it was pretty cool. These days I wish I would have paid more attention.

When I graduated from high school, my dad moved to Prineville, OR with his wife Melissa. My Mom moved to Portland to be closer to my older brother and his family. I stayed in Eugene and that's where I met my wife Sara through a mutual friend.

In 2008 my Dad asked if I wanted to move to Prineville and learn to make knives with him. After working in the restaurant industry I was happy to do something more interesting.

Sheath making was one of the first things my dad taught me when I started working in the shop with him. From there I started working with a local saddlemaker to better understand the art of leathercraft. I make all the leather sheaths for my knives as well as my fathers. I have made sheaths for other makers and collectors as well.

I attended my first knife show in April 2011, - the OKCA show in Eugene Oregon. It was that same show where I won my first award for knife making. I won best hunter/utility knife of the show. I was shocked and overjoyed when they called my name.

In 2012 I started my own shop back home in Eugene.

In 2013 we were blessed with a beautiful addition to our family. Our first child, Arianna, was born. So far she's very interested in watching me work and checking out the finished products.

I love to make R.W. Loveless style knives, but I've made several of my own designs too. I usually put a high mirror polish on my fixed blades and the face of my guards and a nice satin finish on the handle bolts and the sides of the guard. I've used a variety of handle materials including Sambar Stag, Genuine Elephant Ivory, Mammoth Ivory, Mammoth Tooth, Cape Buffalo and many more. I've designed a few folding knife patterns as well.

Working with my dad has been an awesome experience and a blessing. I've learned so much in such a short time it's hard for me to believe. I enjoy knife making so much I know I'll do it for as long as I'm capable.