Thank you for your interest in Stephen Olszewski knives. Stephen has been building knives for five years now. I would like tell you a little about his background so you can get an understanding about the kind of knives that he likes to build. His occupation for the last 30 years has been a sculptor and jewelry modelmaker. A modelmaker makes the first piece or “prototype” by hand , this model is then put into a mold so that it can be reproduced by the company for the purpose of resale. His first love in this field has always been figure carving. “I’ve made a lot of models for companies like Hasbro, Playskool, Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, etc”. “Once I started to build knives, it was a natural tendency to transfer these experiences into my knives. Consequently, I make a lot of “figural knives”. “All of my knives feature plenty of deep relief carving. I get a lot of inspiration from nature. If I am going to try to copy anyone I would rather emulate God’s handiwork. After all, He is the Great Creator”. As a result, he doesn’t believe in copying other makers, although there are a lot of talented knifemakers out there that do quality work. He would prefer his knives to have their own unique look. Stephen has worked hard to develop his own style. Preferred materials are Damascus steels from some of the top makers, fossil ivories, pearl, and gold and precious stones as accents. “I really enjoy building knives, I consider it a labor of love. I would consider it an honor to design and put together a knife to your specifications. Or if you would prefer, you can purchase one that is already available from this site”. “My sincere wish and desire is that you enjoy owning one as much as I have enjoyed building it”.