About

About C. Risner Cutlery and traditionalpocketknives.com

Owner: Austin Jackson

Our Company Statement:

Clarence Risner was the founder of C. Risner Cutlery in 1974. Clarence`s grandson, Austin Jackson is now the owner after Clarence's passing in June 2016. C. Risner Cutlery sells many quality traditional cutlery brands.

We want to provide the best experience for those who enjoy discovering new knives, view knives from the past or are interested in purchasing a knife or two to begin their first set! 

At C. Risner Cutlery, we maintain Traditionalpocketknives.com. We want the website to serve as an opportunity for knife enthusiasts to enjoy browsing through many different quality cutlery brands.

About Austin and Clarence

I am Austin, my grandfather Clarence Risner and I shared the same passion. We shared the same passion of buying, selling and trading quality traditional pocket knives. My grandfather was a life long collector of cutlery and traditional pocket knives in general. Clarence served as President of the National Knife Collectors Association from 2000-2007. 

Ever since I was a little boy, Clarence had me holding, opening and closing, sharpening and cleaning pocket knives. Clarence would attend knife shows in Cincinnati, Louisville, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and many other locations. Clarence would always bring me along to the knife shows where I began getting involved in the National Knife Collectors Association (NKCA) Youth Club. I would eventually grow into helping Clarence full time with the knife business. 

My memories with Clarence as a child are memories that will be with me for the rest of my life. As I grew into a young man, he always encouraged and guided me in learning the trade of the cutlery business. He taught me more than I would have ever imagined learning.

More about Clarence`s Life

After serving in the United States Navy on the USS Lake Champlain CV-39, Clarence dedicated his life to education, working in the Sugarcreek School System for 30 years as a Chemistry and Biology teacher. 

He also served as Principal for 4 years but missed the classroom so he returned to teaching chemistry. He loved being a teacher and loved his students and co-workers dearly. Clarence also loved golfing, talking knives, fishing in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, roaming the hills of Kentucky, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Clarence was very involved in the community. 

He was on the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School Board for 20 years, was a Past Master Mason for Lodge #163 in Waynesville, served on the Greene County Career Center Board, was a Past President for the National Knife Collectors Association, owner of C. Risner Cutlery (retail knife sales), and a member of the Shriners. 

He inspired a lot of people and will truly be missed.