I first started offering these knives to sign
carvers on the East Coast in the latter part of the 1980’s.
In the beginning I had these knives made for me and
in only the standard size. As demand increased, getting other
craftspeople to make these knives became more and more difficult,
forcing me to take up the art of knife making if I wanted to
continue teaching my one knife carving technique. At first I found a
milling knife which I was able to carefully reshape into what I
Eventually, I started buying the raw steel stock and
with the help of the owner of R. Murphy Knife Company to heat treat
them for me until he taught me to do myself.
As time went on, I started offering the Magic Knife
in additional blade widths, a line of three detailing knives, and
The 1 inch wide blade is my standard as it allows me
to easily do up to a 5 inch letter and is hefty enough to do most of
the carving on an carved appliqué. As you get into the smaller
blades, their thickness also decreases which is real convenient for
making sharper curves and more detailed carving.
My tool kit includes about a dozen standard Magic.