Support for Houston area knife makers - Seeking donations, info

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  1. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    donate via

    donate via Paypal account we have set up for this:

    We are launching a donation drive to support full time or part time knife makers that have lost their shops to hurricane Harvey. will match up to $2,000 in public donations for full time knifemakers in the form of gift certificates that have had their shops destroyed by Harvey.

    See below for more details.

    Suggestions or comments on how to help or who to help are welcome. It's time to step up.


    edited to add part time makers and not just limit this to full time knife makers.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2017
  2. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    We have all seen the devastation of hurricane Harvey. We would like to help our knife maker brothers and sisters that have been wiped out to get back on their feet. This isn’t about advertising. This isn’t about making us look good. This is about doing the right thing and about helping people in need. If I could do this quietly I would but I can’t. These guys need your help and I am going bang the drum as loud as I can to get some help headed their way.

    What: will match donations up to $2,000 in knife making supplies for full or part time knife makers that have lost their shops to the hurricane and flood. If I can manage more, I will but right now it’s the best I can do. If public donations do not reach $2,000 for the match, we will still give out the full $2,000 in the form of gift certificates to I hope we can max this out to $4,000+

    Who: We will give $250 gift certificates to 8 (at minimum, we hope for at least 16 or more) full time knife makers that have had their shops destroyed by floods. It’s not enough to restock a shop. I get that. I also understand there are hundreds, maybe thousands of part time makers that also have had tragic losses and I wish we could help everyone. Those makers that depend on knife making as their primary income can use our help as a community.

    Send donations in care of Knifemaker Harvey Relief to USAknifemaker. Send a check, cash, use Paypal or a credit card. We will cover the Paypal and Credit card fees. We will total up the donations and match up to $2,000 to be given out as gift certificates to 8 full time makers. If the total of public donations exceeds $2,000, we will compile the extra and give out as many $250 gift certificates as the funds allow. 100% of donations will be given out. We will recap all activity on for full transparency in this thread:

    We are asking you to provide names and contact information of full time knife makers in and around the Houston area that you know have lost their shop or had significant shop damage. We do not need a list of random names of makers in the area. We need to know who got hurt in this. We will have to filter out opportunists so we will require proof of loss in the form of pictures of their shop and a short description of damage. To be clear, we aren’t “covering” any other losses. There are other agencies for that. We are trying to help those that lost their knife making shop.

    I am hoping for a lot of interest and support. I will have a thread on to track donations, candidates and awards and to keep this transparent.

    I welcome your input and suggestions on how the knife making community can step up and lend a hand.

    Post your comments and suggestions on here:


    Tracy Mickley


    Midwest Knifemakers Supply, llc dba

    2650 9th Ave

    Mankato, MN 56001
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2017
  3. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    As another avenue of support. We will take donations of materials, supplies, small tools, etc and consolidate them into random boxes and ship them to makers affected in the area. We can't handle machinery but can provide names and addresses (as we accumulate them) for you to ship your donation direct. Ship those donations in kind to USAknifemaker at the above address marked as Harvey Knifemaker Relief.
    thanks for your support
  4. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    update: We are working with Paypal to set up donation buttons for this. We will also set up donation buttons on our supply site to make this easier. I will post links or buttons as we work through the tech issues.
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  5. Big Daddy Lee

    Big Daddy Lee New Member

    I'm new to knife making, but not new to being human and I am profoundly moved by your decision, Mr. Mickley, to do whatever you can to help. I have several family members in the Houston area, most of whom we've lost contact with, so this kind of compulsion to to something, anything to help, hits home with me. Thank you for caring. Thank you for leading. - Lee
  6. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    Would anyone be up to donating a knife (or two) to this?

    My first thought would be to collect donated knives, list them for sale here in auction forum for 30 days and donate the funds to the cause.
    We will take care of pictures, shipping to the buyer and seeing the funds get distributed.
  7. Found this through the email system. Obviously I am new to this site. But wanted to say thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the great work.
  8. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    Jason Fry, President of the Texas Knifemakers Guild has sent out an email to their membership seeking names of affected knife makers. If you know of someone affected, let us know.
  9. Dennis Morland

    Dennis Morland KNIFE MAKER

    Bossdog - Depending on the deadline, I would consider donating a knife. I might need more than 30 days...more like 45-60 days.
  10. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    We can wait. Thanks Dennis.
  11. CustomerServiceBeth

    CustomerServiceBeth Super Moderator

    Here is a list of donors so far!

    Lonny Hytrek
    Marty Blake
    Clyde Hobby
    Ted Hauser
    Glenn Are Hovin
    Brian Ringers
    Sam Cast
    Rising Patriot
    Charles Spresser
    Jacob Lutz
    Dean Daily
    Vernon R. Kubiak
    Brandon Fox
    Scout Knives
    William Collins
    Charles Willison
    Otto Dimick
    Ty Adams
    Garrett Helms
    Rudy Pattay
    Zac Shearer
    Trevor Neale
    Justin Hamm
    Erik Land
    Kevin Anderson
    Roderick Weaver
    Kevin Vincent
    Ravens Beak
    Sean Jones
    Lynn Ausbrooks
    Alex Antoniou
    Caleb Burgess
    Jim Moenck
    Gene Kimmi
    Brian Dunning
    John Moran
    Marvin Arneson
    Larry Franklin
    Peter Martin
    Steven Iverson
    Richard Brown
    Steve Wisdom
    Adam Long
    Lupus Rex Forge
    Jim Poling
    Mike Hadley
    Dennis Vaughan
    Brian Dunning
    Mark Raymond
    Dakota Scott
    Randy Purchase
    Michael Steele
    Sean Weirich
    Derrick Phillips
    Joseph Cabaup

    Peter Martin/Larry Franklin made and donated a knife at our Hammer In last year.

    We also received 2 knives from Dennis Morland aka DeMo that will be auctioned off and will be donating the proceeds.

    Ken Holland - 2 Kitchen knives, Paring knife and Petty Chef Knife

    Justin Hamm - Hunting Knife with Sheath

    Jess Hoffman - Hunting Knife with Sheath

    Darrin Sanders - Hunting Knife

    Darrin Sanders - Hunting knife with sheath

    Black Raven Arms - Hunting Knife with Sheath

    Jim Moenck - Hunting knife with sheath

    Total as of the end of the day on 10/23 $2663.88

    **We have reached our goal to match $2,000, but let's keep it going! Let's see how much we can raise over the Labor Day weekend!

    We will update this as we get donations in. Thank you so much!
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2017
  12. Milan Gradinac Max

    Milan Gradinac Max New Member

    Hi Tracy, I'm Milan Gradinac Max from Bosnia, I'm willing to give a couple of my knives as help, which you could sell at auction. I'll need 15 days to make them, and then I'll send it to your address. I hope this will help someone at least a little bit.
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  13. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    Bosnia! Awesome Milan. Thank you.
  14. franklin

    franklin Well-Known Member

    Peter and I will be donating the knife we hand forged at last years hammer inn besides the proceeds from the one we sold.
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  15. Darrin Sanders

    Darrin Sanders Moderator

    I'll send at least one knife, hopefully 2, within the next couple of weeks. Boss, you may wanna post an address where donation knives can be shipped to.
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  16. BossDog

    BossDog & Owner

    Address to ship donation knives is:
    Midwest Knifemakers Supply, llc
    2650 9th Ave
    Mankato, MN 56001
    atten: Harvey Fund
  17. JeremyBartlett

    JeremyBartlett Well-Known Member

    I will be donating a knife also. I would suggest having the auction on Instagram or Facebook as well, can reach a lot more people than just this forum alone.
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  18. Jim Moenck

    Jim Moenck Well-Known Member

    Tracy, thank you for doing this. I just made a cash donation and will have a knife made in about 3 weeks to help out. I'll mail it to you when it is done.
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