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Russ Kommer builds a custom knife for Browning TV show host, Stephen LeBlanc.
Release Date: 2/22/2011
Watch this video if you want to know the secrets of custom knives.
In this ten minute video Browning's Master knife designer builds a one-of-a-kind custom knife for Browning Expeditions TV show host, Stephen LeBlanc.
These two renowned artists got together recently to do a little hunting and to exchange notes on the special art they work to create. Nearly every knife in the Browning line is designed by Russ Kommer. And Stephen LeBlanc is heading into his third season as host of the popular Browning Expeditions TV show. In addition to Browning's show, Stephen's day job is as a wildlife sculptor working primarily in bronze.
Stephen learns a lot as he enters the realm of custom knives, a place that is obviously natural and comfortable for Russ. Russ creates a true custom knife from the start: beginning with a rough tracing on paper, then hand working steel and wood to create a truly unique piece of functional artwork that will be treasured by Stephen for a lifetime.
This 10 minute video is not for the casual viewer. It is for those of you who love custom knives and the art of knife making. It is especially for those considering a custom Kommer knife from Browning -- those who want to know the extent of hand work and and caring that goes into a Browning Kommer. If that fits you, enjoy watching these guys in action.
This brief biography (below) on Russ Kommer gives you an idea where he gains his inspiration.
“Russ was born and raised in the north woods of Minnesota, hunting, fishing, trapping and logging. After graduation Russ started his career as a big game guide in Idaho, hunting elk, deer, bear, moose and mountain goats in the Selway-Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. From there his passion for hunting took him to the wilderness of Alaska in 1984. There he started hunting the remote wilderness areas of Alaska for the mighty brown bear, Alaskan moose, barren ground caribou, Dall sheep, Black bear, Sitka black tail deer, Mountain goat, all of the Alaskan big game. This is where Russ found his passion for knives. Having to dress big game as a hunting guide, Russ decided that a knife should not only be razor sharp but also comfortable and functional. Russ’ goal since then has been to design and make the most comfortable, functional, hunting knives possible. Russ started making knives in 1997 with these goals in mind. With all of his outdoor experiences from guiding to taxidermy, expectedly his designs reflect his experiences. Russ would like to thank all of the people who have helped him along the way from other custom knife makers to his daughter and her encouragement.”
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