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Ed Halligan

Ed Halligan

Ed Halligan "Big Daddy K.I.S.S." was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT. After 37 years as an aircraft technician with Delta Airlines, he founded Halligan Knives in Sharpsburg, Georgia, in 1985—when he said his background in scrimshaw and leather working fell in line with his interest in stock removal knifemaking. In 1996 he earned a Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society and won the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith. He did all his own work, including heat treating, forging, and making Damascus steel for his own use in various patterns. In addition to three-dimensional carved knives, he made self-defense, military and folding knives. He was the inventor of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) single-sided knife series which has been widely copied. He taught bladesmithing seminars and knifemaking at the college level. Ed passed away in November 2014.
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