A lot of the things I write come about because I have a question and then I’m like, “Hey, I’ll write a post about that.”—that’s pretty much what happened with this post.
Although I couldn’t care less about celebrity gossip (sorry, I have my own life to live), I was curious if there were any celebrity knife knuts out there. After far too much digging around, I finally found some info—more than I expected, actually.
Lots of people online were saying that this celebrity or that celebrity was a knife knut, but they hardly ever cited a source. So, here’s everything I found, and I made sure to cite or link to sources in case you’re interested in them. This isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list, and you should also know that if I couldn’t find sources to back up certain celebrity-knife speculations, I didn’t include them because that wouldn’t be doing you any favors. Take a look at what I found:
Blade Magazine’s Finds
“Rock-Star Knifemakers Conclusion.” Blade magazine. Feb. 2007: p. 108.
The sidebar in this article has some great info. Below are the celebrities that are highlighted in it:
Aerosmith- Joe Perry and Steven Tyler like both Ken Onion’s and Steve Hill’s work. (That’s Steve pictured above with Steve Hill.)
Ted Nugent (“Motor City Madman”)- This American rock musician is a hunter and therefore uses knives regularly. He has also used Outdoor Edge knives, and (at least at one point) had a Swiss Army Knife that was made with his name on it.
Country Musicians Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, and William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys)- Blade says these guys are all knife enthusiasts. William Lee Golden also apparently visited a BLADE Show.
Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, and Artie Shaw (1940s band leader)- Blade says these guys collected knives.
David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash), James Taylor, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)- Just a few more rock stars that collect knives.
You can also watch a YouTube clip of Joe Perry with his knife below. The knife is introduced at about 20 seconds in:
It looks like Perry is using a custom version of this knife.
Ken Onion makes “knives for numerous celebrities including Steven Seagal, Steven Tyler, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Popper, Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson, Wayne Newton, Tanya Metaksa, Wayne LaPierre, Ziggy Marley, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Aaron Nevel, and others who would rather remain anonymous.”
Wow, right? Ken talks a little bit more about Steven Seagal on another web page.
After using a Ken Onion custom knife in his film Exit Wounds, Seagal was a changed man (my words, not Ken’s). After that, he became a huge collector.
Gil’s resume is equally impressive; the following celebrities collect (or have collected) Gil Hibben’s knives: John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, and Steven Seagal. World leaders have also purchased his knives including Vice-President Dan Quayle (he served with Pres. George H. W. Bush).
Here’s a clip of Angelina Jolie showing off her butterfly skills. She collects knives, too.
So I guess that settles it; even celebrities can’t resist a nice-looking blade. Feel free to list other knife knut celebs in the comments. Add links if you can!
Have a great Labor Day weekend, everybody.