ACE Leather & Knife Works
Year established: 2015
Operator: John Medlin
Number of employees from Calhoun County: 1
Products and Services: The products I provide are knives and leatherworks which are decorative as well as serviceable. They are custom made according to the customer’s specifications. I offer classes and demonstrations on blacksmithing making knives, hatchets, hammers anything with iron. I make leather holsters and knife sheaths to protect knives.
Why did you decide to start this type of business? It started out as a hobby and developed into a business. I am pretty much self-taught but I did take some classes also to perfect this skill.
What accomplishments are you most proud of as the owner of this business? I was able to be on the Forged in Fire TV show which is on the history channel (season 6, episode 7) during which I competed with other blacksmiths. I came in second. It was an exciting experience. I like seeing repeat customers for my classes and meeting people who have heard about my work from other people and enjoy seeing what I do.
What sets you apart from other businesses that people might support? I provide something you can’t get anywhere else. I enjoy working with people and seeing their enjoyment when they’ve made a piece that I showed them how to make.
Do you have any other info you want to share? My business can be found on Facebook and Instagram as well as Google. I can be reached by calling 803-707-3828.