Back Around the Bend- Old Time Knife Maker

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

During the month of March, we're revisiting some of the memorable people and places WCTV featured in a series called 'Around the Bend' in the early '90s.

Today WCTV takes us to an old time knife-maker as we go back around the bend.

Nearly everyone is born with a gift to share.

It could be a passion...or a skill that cannot be enjoyed alone.

Virgil Finuff has a gift that he shares, and it's something Robert Burns discovered in 1994.

In his 1994 dispatch, Robert Burns reported:

The craftsman doesn't even compare his 'hardened steel' to store-bought versions.

Besides quality, there's the matter of price.

Knife Maker Virgil Finuff said, "I never charge anybody for making a knife, I just do it as a hobby and I enjoy it."

Nearly 15 years have gone by...and he still enjoys it.

Over the past few decades he's made around 6,000 knives...and he's given them away to friends.

John Rogers says, "You haven't collected a dime!"

Virgil Finuff responds, "Only by people that's superstitious."

Rogers asks, "Why are they superstitious, Virgil?"

Finuff replies, "Because they say if you give anything with a cutting edge on it, it'll cut your friendship."

He keeps a sharp eye on the blade as it's grinded into a masterpiece.

Finuff says, "I've always been told idle hands are the devil's workshop and I don't work in that shop."

At 83, he's still going strong, turning steel and wood into something to behold...or be held.

It's a labor of love.

"Whenever I'm not doing something or else, I'm out here, making knives, I enjoy it," Finuff says.

As iron sharpens one man strengthens another.

And this man plans to strengthen his friendships for years to come.

Virgil spends four hours on each knife and engraves his name on every one.

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