TURLEY 10pc. KIT INCLUDES:
TOPS NOMENCLATURE (TURL-23)
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Designed by: Terry Barney former U.S.A.F. S.E.R.E Instructor (now called S.E.R.E. specialist)and owner of Midwest School of Bushcraft. Terry worked closely with Iz to bring his idea to a working reality. He is also the creator of free woodsman classes at www.bushcraftusa.com
BACKGROUND: My name is Israel Turley, (friends call me Iz)...I’m a full time knife maker from Missouri the (Show me State). I specialize in hard-use woodsman’s knives. My method is to make those knives is to be first: a woodsman, and second a knife-maker, which I believe produces a better tool for the end user.
Knife making is a passion of mine, and I have been fortunate to be making knives for the last five years. I’m blessed being able to make a living at it, but the Woods do hold a special allure for me. I prefer going to woods over going to a knife show any day even though I love knives.
I have a wonderful family that supports me in my endeavor to do a job that’s not exactly common these days and most times not practical. My wife has been gracious enough to put up with me working in the shop most all day, then coming in and talking on the phone, answering emails and working on the website the rest of the night.
I always heard that when you start a small business, that you live that business almost twenty four hours a day, they weren’t lying. But I love every minute of it, and I am fortunate that I receive good quality feedback from my customers and always strive to improve my designs.
God has allowed me to do something that gives me a productive purpose and to see people excited about using the knives that I make, well that’s a humbling and rewarding experience for me. The positive feedback from my customers motivates me every day, to get in the shop and get at it.
Many of my customers have become good and lasting friends of mine. That is one of the most rewarding and surprising gifts that knife making has given me. If, God forbid, I never made another knife it would have all been worth it just to become friends with the people I have. Those friendships will last long after anything else I could ever make.
When Mike contacted me about possibly working with TOPS, I was pretty excited to say the least. After talking with him for a while I knew this was the right way to go.
I’ve had dealings in both the knife and survival industries and most of the big name guys I’ve ran into aren’t anything like Mike. He’s a straight shooter, tells it like it is and leaves it at that. On top of that he’s accommodating to the little guy’s needs such as myself.
He doesn’t have to be but he is, that’s something very rare these days. That’s the reason why I chose to go with TOPS Knives. Mike Fuller is a prince of a guy. Of course having several buddies that use TOPS Knives and seeing what they put them through didn’t hurt either.
Thanks for your time and I hope you like what Mike and I are coming up with. If you’re interested then please keep your eyes on the TOPS Knives website for future possible Joint Adventures between TOPS and Turley knives. I sincerely appreciate your support very much.
O/A Length: 3 3/4"
Blade Length: 1 1/2"
Steel: 1095 High Carbon Steel RC 56-58
Blade Color: Black Traction Coating
Designed by:IZ Turley
MANUFACTURED: ROCKY MOUNTAINS USA
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