Frank Bidwell

The Craftsman

A former Greenville based real-estate developer, craftsman Frank Bridwell is a now full time custom knife maker residing in the small fishing town of McClellanville. His father, Woodrow "Woody" Bridwell, was a farmer, textile worker, and avid hunter and fisherman who taught his son how to use edged tools at a very early age. Frank Bridwell would later come to realize his career destiny, but at a young age he remembers fondly that a good axe, pocket knife, butcher or sporting knife were always sharp and ready to go.

"Every knife I owned during those years, even the one I carried to school every day, was razor sharp. The "Woody" brand is an acknowledgment of my dad's influence in instilling a love for fine cutting tools in me. My customers now call me "Woody" and I like it!"

While Bridwell grew up with an appreciation for cutlery, it wasn’t until the mid-eighties when he began collecting and trading knives that he realized his passion for custom, handmade knives.

He became acquainted with Marv Palmer from Hemlock, Michigan who was a prolific maker of primitive colonial trade knives. Palmer was known for producing the best knife for the money a trait to this day still resonates strongly with Bridwell.

Muzzleloaders, housewives, farmers and sportsmen all around the country favored Palmer’s colonial knife designs and Woody sold thousands of his mentor’s pieces until 1998 when Marv retired. Although the senior master knife maker was not practicing his craft, he spent the next few years teaching his protégée the trade.

A successful real estate developer and broker at the time, Frank set up his own knife making studio with Palmer’s help and guidance. A childhood hobby was soon transitioning into a passionate career. Following his heart, Frank Bidwell retired from real-estate in 2008 to become “Woody” the full time blade artist.

“While one could say cutlery is in my DNA, I am inspired to produce a balanced, functional, beautiful, comfortable knife that is easy to maintain and affordable. Like my protestors before me, I look to create a knife that undoubtedly worth a day’s pay and will last a lifetime.”

A custom one of a kind, fixed steel blade, handmade knife, with a full grain leather sheath can run under a couple hundred dollars, with smaller “Woody” knives starting under $100. A small price to pay for functional yet authentic item that can last a lifetime with hard use, or be passed down to the next generation as a family treasure.


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