Inspired by his grandfather, Chris Williams makes knives worthy of passing along to the next generation.
February 17, 2022 (Birmingham, Ala.) — People who love the outdoors believe that having the right tool at their disposal is paramount for the best experience. At the top of that list will undoubtedly always be a quality knife. Williams is creating the next generation of knives and tools that are sure to inspire confidence in the field and beyond.
Inspired by his grandfather, Chris Williams is a second generation knife maker. He watched his grandfather craft knives from discarded bandsaw blades in his workshop. This prompted Chris to create his own style of knives that were as beautiful as they were functional. This “hobby” continued to blossom as he made knives for friends until he ultimately walked away from a promising career as an investment banker to fully dedicate his energy into creating legendary knives.
In 2005, Williams Knife Company was born and what has evolved has become a veritable artform. His big break came in 2010 when he crafted a new style of oyster knife that he named “The Edisto”, designed specifically for the small cluster oysters found along the east coast, which won the overall 2011 Made in the South award from Garden & Gun Magazine.
The Garden & Gun award catapulted Chris and Williams Knife Co. to new heights and Chris continued to focus on making custom knives one at a time. However, the process was slow and tedious and as much as Chris tried to increase production, he was only one man. Filled with new ideas on how to design blades and handle material for specific purposes, Williams Knife Co. is officially re-branding to just Williams with a focus on fabricating a completely new line of super durable, high-quality knives, tools and accessories.
The first new knives by Williams will be unveiled on February 18, 2022 at The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston S.C. at its booth located at Brittlebank Park.
The new lineup includes:
The Glide Folder - In a 6.5 and 7.5 inch blade size with a slide locking mechanism. These knives feature M-390 steel and a super durable G-10 handle with interchangeable clip or lanyard loop. The Glide comes in a variety of blade and handle colors.
Four fixed blade knives knives including:
The Whitetail Hunter - A great all-around knife with a unique drop point blade design for skinning and cleaning game.
The Bird Knife - Featuring a surgical sized teardrop blade perfect for dressing small game and birds.
Inshore Filet - Made with the perfect amount of flex to help clean a stringer of winter trout and flounder.
Offshore Filet - A bigger version of the filet knife perfect for making quick work of Tuna and Mahi.
The Oyster Knife - Utilizing the original Edisto blade design This new knife features a rugged and durable G-10 handle.
All of the fixed blade knives come with a fitted Kydex sheath and Tek Lok clip mechanism.
“I have so many knife designs in my head that I wanted to move beyond making my knives one at a time,” says Williams. “My goal is to design and make knives and tools that are as functional as they are beautiful and something you will be proud to pass down to your kids for generations.”
While Chris will continue with his custom Legacy series, these new knives launched at SEWE are just the beginning. The new “W” logo was designed to feature two drop point blades held together and the new website features a completely new design and fresh user experience.
Williams is a premium manufacturer of generational knives and tools. Founded by Chris Williams, the inventor of The Edisto oyster knife, Williams focuses on designing and fabricating the highest quality knives and tools in the industry backed with a lifetime guarantee. For more information, visit www.williamsmade.com