American custom knife maker Tom Krein had an interest in knives early in life and after seeing a copy of Blade magazine in his sophomore year of high school decided he wanted to be a custom knife maker. Starting around 1993 Tom made fixed blade knives on his own, later working for knife making legends Bob Dozier and A.G. Russell. Producing custom knives with the help of his three sons out of his shop in Gentry, Arkansas, USA, Tom continually strives to improve his knives and the methods used to build them.
Tom Krein is known for his custom fixed blade and folding knives which exhibit performance driven cutting geometry and exceptionally ergonomic and comfortable handles. Despite his "form follows function" design philosophy Tom's knives are elegant and aesthetically pleasing workhorse cutting tools.