Chuck Stapel began making knives at the age of ten, when he discovered that he didnt
like the handle of a paring knife he got as a birthday present, and decided to make his
own! He already had some training from his father, who had dabbled in knife making most of
his life as well. His fathers interest began in the Navy during World War II,
when, while stationed on a LCS in the Pacific, he began taking old hacksaws and files, and making
them into works of art. He later presented some of his works to his son, which helped
inspire Chuck to shape creations of his own.
the craft of knife making seriously after high school, Chuck continued to hone his skill,
and after building his own workshop, spent every available moment working on new designs
and techniques. Living his whole life in Los Angeles, California, only a short walk to
most of the Hollywood Studios, Chucks knives soon found themselves not only in
movies and television shows, but in the private collections of many of Hollywoods
After becoming a champion
trap, skeet and sporting clay shooter, Chuck began to be invited to many celebrity charity
events, wherein he was asked to make "Trophy Knives" for the top prizes and for
charity auctions. He was embraced by the world of Country/Western music stars as well, who
became great fans of his work.
Chuck's knives have
appeared in dozens of movies such as Quigley Down Under, "Switchback",
and Little Nikita; in hundreds of commercials; and in countless television
shows such as Wildside, Magnificent Seven, Thunder In
Paradise, Walker: Texas Ranger, Knightrider, Jason and
the Argonauts, and Magnum P.I.
knives are prized as works of art, and collector's items, and are displayed at many
museums, such as the Roy Rogers Museum, and Gene Autry Western Museum, and in the private
collections all over the world, including such celebrities as Robert Stack, Tom
Selleck, Roy Dusty Rogers, Jr., Chuck Norris, the Mandrell Sisters, Kenny
Rogers, Dolly Parton, and John Milius.
Chuck had made to order and donated knives to over two
hundred charities, including Paralyzed Veterans, Quails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Wild
Turkey Federation, California Waterfowl, Irlene Mandrels Wish Upon A Star Charity
shoot, the Boy Scouts of America, St. Jude Hospital, the Hollywood Celebrity Shoot, the
Charlton Heston Celebrity Shoot, Ben Johnsons Celebrity Rodeo for Little
Britches, Pikes Peak Charity Rodeo, Roy Rogers Happy Trails
charity, the Holy Cross Childrens Hospital and Free Clinic, to name just a few.
As an investment, Chucks knives are traded, sold and
exchanged all over the world. In fact Chuck holds the record for one of the highest prices
paid for a custom knife when one of his specialty knives was sold for over $12,000 at the
Irlene Mandrel Celebrity Wish Upon A Star Shoot, held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las
Vegas in 1999.
With the introduction of his exclusive website, Chuck can now
offer his One of a Kind knives to enthusiasts and collectors all over the word
with a click of a mouse button. He will also be offering a special knife of the month,
limited edition numbered knifes, collectibles and corporate gift items. He
especially enjoys the chance to be able to impart his own personal story and history
behind each of his knives for everyone to read!
divides his time these days between his knife studio in Los Angeles, and another in
Hawaii. He spends a lot of time traveling to dozens of charity events where he both
competes in shooting sports and creates special knives.
He is the father of two children
and six grandchildren. His son is also a knife maker, and Chuck is especially proud of his
grandson who has just completed his first knife
with just a little bit of
help from his Grandpa!