Dan Burke 1
I first started making and selling knives in 1975. From that date until I decided to become a fulltime knifemaker I probably made every style of knife imaginable. Seventeen years ago I decided to start making folding knives fulltime. Most of my designs are from old exhibition knives made up until the 1930's. During this period most knives had more detail and design. In 2003 I won "Best Foldermaker of the Year" award from Blade Magazine. I have been profiled in Blade Magazine and several other publications. Several of my knives have been featured in Blade Magazine's annual book. My knives and knife design have been featured on Jim Scoutten's weekly television program. At present my backlog for custom orders is about five years. I have decided to change directions and start making Shadow pattern folders as I am 71 years old. My first mentor was Jimmy Lyle. The knifemakers I admire the most are probably Tony Bose and Jess Horn. Tony because he makes the most mechanically perfect slipjoint and Jess because he made so many people aware of slipjoints before their current popularity. During the past eighteen years, my knives have been featured in several articles, magazines and books. This includes Blade Magazine; Knife World; Knives Illustrated and Tactical Knives as well as several others. I have been on the front cover of Blade Magazine's annual knife book, and on the inside back cover of Blade Magazine. Two years ago I moved to Newfoundland, Canada for my second retirement and to take advantage of the hunting, fishing and boating which is so fantastic here.