That's Mr. Zahid Butt. I recently found myself in the middle of a local gun show (I've had a three year hiatus) and stumbled upon this table loaded with ornate Damascus knives. My first thought was that they were fake damascus, and probably made in Pakistan or whereabouts. Luckily, I looked a little closer, and looking at a blade, could see (and feel) the folds come out in the grinds. The young lady tending the table was very enthusiastic about the knives, offering up a wealth of information. I was truly shocked once I realized the price of the knife (although it was clearly marked, I was too worried about the metal); a 3 1/2 inch tanto folder for $95. The back of the blade and the liners were treated with detailed filework, going along with the motiff of the decorative handle pins that looked like a paw. The scales were wood, although I usually am not attracted to wood, this was a rather unique grain pattern. At this time, Mr Butt came over and introduced himself. He had a slight accent, but explained that metal working ran in his family for generations. At this point I would have been happy to hear that he bought a piece of damascus, ground out a blade, and put scales on it. Nope, he forged the Damascus himself. Curious, I asked him how he did it, and he happily explained. He uses 1095 steel, drills a series of holes in it, forges it, and folds it with a power hammer. The holes are filled back in with molten metal as he works the metal with the power hammer. The result is a raindrop pattern. I was enamored with the liner lock and promptly bought it. The scales are red palm wood, and a natural oil finish was rubbed on it. Zahid then showed me many of his fixed blade knives he had on display. I liked the look of them, but I really wasn't in the market for another fixed blade knife. I asked him about making me a custom knife, since he seemed to be versed in several different grinds and shapes. He explained that he liked Pennsylvania and Virginia, and that in his home town of New York he would not be able to display or sell several of his double edged blades. He likened PA to Texas, whereas pretty much anything goes. When I explained to him about what I was looking for in a custom knife, he went through his things for a few seconds and handed me a knife that was very close to my specifications! He already had one waiting for the wackos like me that were looking for a BIG knife. I have a lot of knives, but I really don't have a big fighting knife. I decided right there I needed to fill a gap in my collection. It is a hefty piece of metal, 8 1/2 long blade, and full tang with multi-colored micarta scales. It has a blunt style tanto shape with a double hollow grind, and a set of stiffening blood grooves. The bolsters are damascus, also (just like the folder). Mr Zahid Butt's work may not be perfect, as I can see a few tiny imperfections in the grind here and there, but to the casual eye, they are invisible. Maybe they were intentional, and meant to be for aesthetic purposes. I knew a pottery maker once that worked that way- if you wanted something perfect, go to the local K Mart or Target and get a normal mug. If you wanted something with a human touch, buy his wares. I did notice how he welded a piece of regular metal to the end of the blade at the bolsters to make the knife full tang. I can imagine that he may have saved himself some work by doing this, or maybe a type of metal that is more corrosion resistant than 1095. Any way, I bought the knife for $150. I thought I got a heck of a deal from a young and aspiring knife maker. He then shown me some of his even larger knives. He had a 12 inch golock type machete with micarta scales. I was severely tempted to buy the tool, but after already spending almost $250, I didn't want to break the bank. Hopefully, I will see more of Mr Butt and his work in the future.