Owner: Austin Jackson, grandson of Clarence Risner (Founder)
Our Company Statement & History:
"A hobby with friends, not a business with customers."
Hello! I am Austin Jackson, owner of C. Risner Cutlery. My grandfather, Clarence Risner founded C. Risner Cutlery in 1974. Grandpa founded the business through his hobby of collecting, selling, and trading traditional pocket knives.
During the late 1980's to early 2010's, Clarence was the sole importer for German Eye Brand knives. Clarence was also the main dealer for Queen Cutlery / Schatts&Morgan Cutlery during this time. Clarence served as President of the National Knife Collectors Association (NKCA) from 2000-2007.
Grandpa and I shared the same passion of buying, selling, and trading quality traditional pocket knives. Clarence had me holding, opening and closing, sharpening and cleaning pocket knives at a young age. Growing up as a kid, I attended knife shows with Grandpa in Cincinnati, Louisville, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and many other locations. At these knife shows, I began getting involved with the National Knife Collectors Association (NKCA) Youth Club.
I enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating high school. During this time, I was able to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in American Sign Language. As the years passed, I grew into helping Clarence full time with the knife business before eventually taking over the knife business when Clarence passed in 2016.
I am thankful to have created so many memories with my grandfather. Those memories will be with me for the rest of my life.
"Large pictures, easy navigation, simple checkout."
At C. Risner Cutlery, we maintain Traditionalpocketknives.com. We want the website to serve as an opportunity for all knife enthusiasts to enjoy browsing through many different quality cutlery brands. We want to provide the best experience for those who enjoy discovering new knives, viewing knives from the past or are interested in purchasing a knife or two to begin their first set!
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.
Clarence 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.