Paul Inman began his knife making career learning from the father of the resurgence of knife making in the United States, a man named Bill Moran. Paul apprenticed with bill for several years in Maryland before heading to the west coast. He spent a short time apprenticing with Roderick Chapel in Edmond WA while he was still in the military.
Paul moved to Anchorage Alaska where he and his wife started Alaska Renaissance Forge where their primary focus was decorative ironwork. They then moved to Colorado where their business Iron Rose was formed. Wanting to gear the business more towards knife making, Paul and his wife moved to Seattle and established themselves as Vulcan Knife which means “God of the Forge”.
Why hand forged blades? Inman replied, “I find that the forged blade is stronger and holds an edge better than any blade I’ve encountered in the last 37 years. The reason I like forged knives is because they’re not bound by steel size or stock size and you have more versatility of blade shapes. I forge classic blade shapes which are more difficult, but produces a better blade. I have been attracted to edged weapons and tools since childhood and learned the value of a good and sharp blade and that has stayed with me ever since.”