Knife maker, Bill Kennedy, Jr., was born in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Yukon, Oklahoma, at the age of 13. He is a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman and always enjoyed using knives of all kinds.
While working as a tool and die maker in 1981, his interest was sparked in high quality knives, and he began to teach himself the trade of making knives as a hobby. While largely self-taught, he has been inspired and guided by Charlie McClung and George Englebretson, among others.
In 1985 he joined the Knifemakers Guild as a voting member, and he has sold knives all over the world, developing a customer base from Alaska to Florida and South Africa to England.
Built with stock removal, and he mainly makes hunters and filet knives, mostly designed as he likes to use them. Each knife is stamped with his name and the year created. He has enjoyed using different handle materials, such as ivory, exotic woods, mother of pearl, even fossilized moose horn which he bought from a carver in Homer, Alaska!
Another feature of a Kennedy knife is the custom-made sheath made by saddle maker, Larry Parsons. As the handle material for a Kennedy knife has become more exotic, so has the custom sheath made by Parsons, and together, the knife and sheath make a complete, one-of-a-kind package.
He started in 2008, to venture into making quality pocket knives and looks forward to the day when he can retire and become a full-time knife maker.