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Mastersmith Rick DunkerleyRick Dunkerley began making stock removal knives in 1983 and moved to forging knives in 1992.Working along with the other "Montana Boys" Rick has been extremely influential to the makers of folding knives throughout the United States. He specializes in one-of-a-kind mosaic Damascus folders, though he also makes an occasional fixed blade.

Rick was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from high school in Hermitage, PA in 1977. Rick then spent four years in the U. S. Air Force, stationed mostly at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he trained guard, drug, and bomb-sniffing dogs. Rick first started making knives in 1984, and after moving to Montana in 1985, his interest in the craft increased. He made stainless steel hunters and utility knives until 1991, when he began forging carbon steel knives and creating damascus steel. Rick joined the American Bladesmith Society a year later. Since receiving his jouneyman smith rating in 1995, Rick’s main focus has been damascus steel, particularly mosaic and composite bar blades.

Rick attained the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith rating in 1997, and in 2002 was appointed to the Board of Directors. He has been a full-time knifemaker since 1996, except for two months each fall that he operates as an outfitter in Montana’s Scapegoat Wilderness. Rick now specializes in damascus folding knives, and also enjoys making Bowie or Persian style straight knives.

Rick’s knives have been featured with photos and articles in knife publications worldwide, including appearances on the covers of Blade Magazine and Knives Illustrated.

Rick has been highly sought-after as a teacher of the art of forging damascus steel, and has instructed classes for the following entities:

  • Massachusetts College of Art
  • Artist Blacksmith Association of North America
  • Jim Batson’s Bladesmithing Symposium
  • Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
  • Northern Minnesota Blacksmith’s Association
  • Northern Rockies Blacksmith’s Association (2 classes)
  • Western Canada Knifemaker’s Symposium
  • Texarkana College/Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing (3 classes)

Awards:

  • 2003 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2002 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Hunter Utility
  • 2002 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2001 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Damascus 
  • 2001 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Of Show 
  • 2000 - Krause Publications, Wooden Sword Award 
  • 2000 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Folding Knife 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Art Knife 
  • 2000 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Of Show 
  • 1999 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Damascus 
  • 1998 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Folder 
  • 1998 - Blade Magazine, Best Handmade 
  • 1998 - Blade Show, Best Damascus 
  • 1998 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best of Show 
  • 1997 - Oregon Knife Collectors Association, Best Damascus
  • 1997 - Blade Show, Best Damascus 
  • 1997 - Blade Magazine, Best Handmade 
  • 1996 - Montana Knifemakers Association, Best Bowie Fighter 
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African Blackwood Hunter
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Aurora Borealis
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Blue and Black Gent
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Blue Mammoth and Gold Mosaic Damascus Folder
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Buffalo Skull
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Butterflies and Flowers (Best Folder - MKA 2000)
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Carved Fossil Walrus Ivory Folder
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Carved Fossil Walrus Ivory Folding Dagger
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Carved Whitelip Birdwing
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Chevron Folder
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Copper and Niobium
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Damascus and Mammoth Hunter
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Damascus and Walrus Birdwing
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Damascus Buffalo Skull Pendant
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Damascus Buffalo Skull Pendant
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Damascus Jigged Bone Hunter
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Damascus Jigged Bone Hunter
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Earth and Sky
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Engraved Persian Window Frame Folder
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Escher Folder with Gold Inlay
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Fighting Irish Folder
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Fighting Irish Folder with Green Mammoth Ivory
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Folding Dagger with Mother of Pearl and Heat Blued Explosion Damascus
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Gentleman's Folder with Snowflakes Mosaic Damascus
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Gold Bird
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Golden Mammoth Folding Dagger
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Goldlip Gentleman
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Goldlip Window frame Damascus Folder
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Hot Blued Boot Grind Folding Linerlock
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Jigged Bone Damascus Hunter
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Jigged Bone Gent
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Mammoth and Gold Mosaic Damascus Folder
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Mammoth Birdwing
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Mammoth Damascus Gent
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Mammoth Explosion
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Mastodon Bird Wing
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Model 28 Folder
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Model 32 Birdwing Folder by Rick Dunkerley
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Model 6 with Jigged Bone
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Model II Folding Dagger with Mosaic Damascus and Walrus Ivory
Best of Show - ABS Knife Exposition, 2014
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Mosaic Button Release
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Mosaic Folding Dagger
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Mosaic Gentleman's Folder with Blacklip Window Frames
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Mosaic Ribbons & Scrolls Folder
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Ribbons and Scrolls - Best Damascus - OKCA 2003
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S-Guard Fossil Walrus Ivory Fighter
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Santa Ana with Black Lip - BG Exclusive - #2 of 3
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Santa Ana with Black Lip - BG Exclusive - 1 of 3
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Santa Ana with Mammoth Ivory - BG Exclusive - 1 of 3
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Santa Ana with Mammoth Ivory - BG Exclusive - 3 of 3
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Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - 1 of 3
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Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - 2 of 3
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Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - 3 of 3
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Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - Hallmark
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Sapphire & Ruby Regal Damascus Folder
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Sapphires and Rubies Damascus Bowie
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Sculpted and Inlaid Walrus Ivory Gent
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Sculpted Gold
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Sculpted Goldlip and Heat Colored Mosaic Folding Dagger
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Sculpted Whitelip Mother of Pearl Gentleman's Folder
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Sheep Horn Hunter
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Spiders in the Window
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Three Bladed Damscus Trapper
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Tiger Coral Diamonds
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Tortoise
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Tortoise Folder
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Ultra-Light Hunter with Black G10 Scales
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Western Engraved Silver Cuff
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Western Engraved Silver Cuff
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Western Engraved Silver Pendant
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Western Outback Large Silver Pendant
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Western Outback Silver Earrings
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Western Outback Silver Pendant
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Western Rosette Engraved Silver Pendant
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Western Rosette Silver Earrings
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Western Rosettes and Scroll Silver Cuff
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Western Rosettes and Scroll Silver Cuff
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Western Scroll Folder
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Western Scroll Silver Cuff
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Western Scroll Silver Earrings
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Western Scroll Silver Pendant
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