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Meet David Haupt of Meek Custom Knives

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Haupt.

Hi David, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
In 2016, I was stationed in southern Turkey. On a day off, I was surfing YouTube and came across a knife-making video… 5 hours later, I’d watched dozens of videos from tons of makers and thought “this looks like a blast! I gotta give this a try.”

Once I got back to the states, I set up shop. Starting with just a cheap little 1×30” belt grinder, a handful of tools, and a homemade forge I got started. I made a few crude knife-shaped objects.

Just good enough to encourage me to keep going and get better. Through the years, I haven’t stopped trying to make better knives and trying new methods to improve my products.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Knife-making certainly isn’t easy. But the more you learn the harder it gets.

There’s no shortage of science and math involved… neither of which came easy to me in school. This also isn’t my day job. I’m a full-time active duty Air Force member and have a young family. So managing my time can be a delicate balancing act.

At the end of the day, I’m just one guy in my garage doing this all by hand. No production line. No automation. Just a lot of hard work.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Meek Custom Knives?
Born out of the desire to make a quality blade for everything from the bush to the kitchen, I take a lot of pride in what I make.

To date, I’ve primarily specialized in outdoor knives for discerning hunters, bushcrafters, and hikers that don’t mind spending a little more for a quality custom piece. But since expanding into culinary knives, I’ve applied a lot of the same style and concepts, as well as new ones to those as well.

I try to set myself apart from other makers by exemplifying a particular look that I’ve developed over the years. I really like it when I see someone’s work and know it’s them before I ever see their name or maker’s mark. I hope I’ve been able to evoke the same reaction in others.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
I don’t know that any luck, good or bad, has really had any bearing on what I create.

I think it’s really more about practice and repetition. Being able to recreate something you’ve made with a reasonable amount of consistency takes a lot of practice. Especially when making it all by hand.


  • “Bloodline” – $300
  • “Mud Dog” – $350
  • “Serbian Cleaver” – $300 – $400
  • “Skinner” – $300
  • “Heritage” – $350

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Maria Haupt

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