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By Andi Bourne

Perfecting his edge for more than 30 years


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Owen Tyler holds one of his custom, handmade knives with a deer antler handle at the Seeley Lake Market Sunday, July 12.

POTOMAC – It was a 1975 Centennial knife made by Gerber that inspired Potomac resident Owen Tyler to pursue knife making.

"I was looking at it and the blade wasn't even made straight," said Tyler. "I thought for that price [$99] I can make a knife better than that."

Tyler has made more than 400 knives since he started making them in 1987. While the biggest challenge and most time consuming part of making a knife is filing the blade even on both sides, it is satisfaction in the handmade, finished product that keeps Tyler doing it.

The first knife Tyler made was a hunting knife out of 01 to...

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