Todd Kopp

Todd M. Kopp
POBox 3474
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
480-330-2854
www.koppknives.com

 

I have always had a great interest in knives, even when I was a young boy growing up in Wisconsin.  My dad gave me a knife that my grandfather made.  I never got to meet my grandfather so that knife is very special to me.

I first got started making knives in 1988 when a co-worker gave me a piece of tool steel from a saw to work.  My brother told me that the knife that I made out of it looked like something made in a prison.

I enjoy knifemaking because you are starting out with a chunk of steel and a chunk of ivory, and you hopefully end up with something of beauty.

These are a few of the many makers that have inspired me: Buster Warenski, D’Holder, Dennis Freidly, Tim Hancock, and Don Norris.

I prefer using damascus steel because of the wide variety of beautiful patterns available.  I like using natural materials for handles such as fossil Walrus, Mammoth ivory, and Mammoth teeth.  I believe these materials make knives more desirable.

I use a Burr King, lathe, mill, surface grinder, saw, and a drill press.

I belong to the Arizona Knife Collectors Association, Bay Area Knife Collectors Association, Southern California Blade Collectors, and the Oregon Knife Collectors Association.

Accomplishments List:

1991 Most Promising New Maker (first knife show)
1994 Arizona Knife Collectors Association Annual Club Knife
1995 Best Dagger – Las Vegas Classic Knife Show
1995 Best Art Knife – Knife Expo
1995 Best Art Knife – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
1996 Best Art Knife – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
1997 Best Art Knife – Knife Expo
1997 Arizona Knife Collectors Association Annual Club Knife
1998 Best Art Knife – Knife Expo
1999 Best Fighter – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2000 Best Fighter – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2000 Best of Show – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2004 Best Fixed Blade – Knife Expo
2004 Best Miniature – Paul Basch Show – Scottsdale
2004 Best Miniature – Arizona Knife Collectors Association – Tucson
2004 Best Fixed Blade – Arizona Knife Collectors Association – Tucson
2004 Best of Show – Arizona Knife Collectors Association – Tucson
2004 Best of Show – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2005 Best Art Knife – Oregon Knife Collectors Association
2006 1st place Blade grinding –  Oregon Knife Collectors Association
2006 Best Art Knife – Art expo
2008 Best Folder – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2009 Best Art/Fantasy – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2009 Best Fillet Knife – PKA
2009 Best Art/Fantasy Knife – PKA
2010 Best Fillet Knife – PKA
2010 Best Art/Fantasy Knife – PKA
2011 Best  Art/Fantasy Knife – PKA
2011 Best Art/Fantasy – Arizona Knife Collectors Association
2012 Best Art/Fantasy Knife – PKA

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Small Arizona Skinner with damascus blade and Sambar stag handle.


Dagger with fluted and inlayed Elephant ivory handle and blued fittings.


Damascus dagger with fossil Walrus ivory handle and Alaskan gold nugget accents.


Large Arizona Skinner with Axis stag handle.

C-Guard Fighter with damascus blade and fluted and inlayed Walrus ivory handle.