Custom Knife Maker

IMG_1136Drew Maicus; Custom knife maker, Soldier, Hero.

We are proud to have Drew associated with  We will be helping him bring his custom knives to the market soon. We will take zero profit from him as he is a family member and a friend.

Drew: I first got into knife making as a hobby because I was intrigued with making something out of almost nothing. With a combat background I used knives on a daily basis for tasks ranging from opening boxes and MRE’s to cutting wires on IED’s, the latter being my least favorite of course. Talk about needing to make sure your knife is razor-sharp!

As a member of an infantry scout team we also familiarized ourselves with survival and field tactics in which the knife is a must have. One of the reasons I got into knife making was so that I could design knives for the mission at hand.

As a civilian now, the many uses of a knife range from self-defense, survival, tactical, & general field craft. It is my goal to craft knives that will outlast the user and be handed down to the next generation.

Custom knives in my opinion are much nicer than your standard production knife. In a generation where so many things are used and discarded, something like a custom knife will stay with the owner for life.

The hand shaped knife has something production knives don’t have, character. Each knife is one of a kind and has the maker’s personality and life experience engrained in the steel. It is the passion that goes into each knife that truly separates handmade form the rest.

I joined the Army as an 11B in January of 2005. After OSUT I was assigned to C CO. 1-502nd Infantry Regiment 2BCT 101st Airborne Division. As a member of C CO 3rd platoon I deployed in September of 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

My platoon had a special assignment to help Combat Engineers (A CO 2-101 BTB) clear routes in what became to be known as the “Triangle of Death” This area of operation is located south of Bagdad and is considered to be one of the most difficult areas in Iraq during the time we were there.

Our platoon would drive routes in sectors that no other units deemed safe until we went through them 1st. Most routes were considered “black“, which means that no other units could travel on them.

We found on average 25 IED’s a month; which statistically saved eight American Soldier’s lives each month. Several missions I was a part of still make me wonder how I am still here. One mission in particular, that to this day still makes me cringe, was a mission to find two missing soldiers from Bravo Company 1-502nd INF that had been captured by insurgents.

During the course of the mission I helped discovered six IED’s. At the closing of the mission we had discovered the remains of the two missing soldiers, mangled and decapitated on the side of the road.

They had been dragged behind a bongo truck and left like garbage by the insurgents. The insurgents had also places a pressure plated IED on the soldiers, which I helped remove from the bodies, being careful not to detonate the pressure plate trigger (June 2006). The two soldiers we had found were PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas Tucker. Let us never forget them.

Once our mission in Iraq was over, our units came home and started to train up for the next mission. I knew when I got back I wanted to try something new and gain more experience as a soldier.

Once I heard a buddy of mine, Peter Fox, had joined up with the battalion scout platoon I knew I had to follow him. I tried out for the scouts and after going through a lot of mind and body tests and challenges, I was part of the team.

As a member of the sniper section we trained hard and partied even harder. After almost a year of training we re-deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom again. This time however, the mission was not to find the IED’s, but to find the assholes that were placing them in the roads and markets.

Most often we would go out at night, find an abandon building and set up shop for a few hours or nights, depending on the mission. We would overwatch areas of roads that units were having problems with.

Most often we did patrols and recon missions to scout out areas we could later set up in. We also conducted raids and captured suspected insurgents in our area of operation. It was a dangerous job, but at least we had each other.

Maybe someday I’ll write a book about my tours of duty, but for now I’m focusing on getting my custom knife business off the ground. I’m looking forward to creating knives that will be passed down from fathers to sons for many generations.

“Drew’s creations will soon be coming to Legacy Survival Gear. He is a friend as well as my cousin, and our family is proud to have someone like him back with us for good.” Jesse Wilbur – Legacy Survival Gear CEO/Founder

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