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Examining a $2,500 Adair County made knife

2012-11-13 - 1849 Wheeler Hill Road, Columbia, KU - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Jerry Rados, left, looks on as singer/guitarist Robert Osborne examines a fighting knife he's custom made for a client who is paying $2,500 for it, inclusive of a matching scabbard made by Eli Miller of Pellyton, KY. Mr. Rados, of the Jones Chapel Community, used Damascus steel he makes in his shop. The Sambar Deer stag handle material is from India. He's shown it at knife shows, and has since received three more orders for similar knives. His business is split between finished knives and Damascus steel for other custom knife makers. One order for steel will go to a knife maker who is building a knife for the President of the Bank of Russia, he said. - Ed Waggener

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