First knife sold in 1987. Mr. Slobodian specializes in period Japanese style knives and swords. He has acquired many awards and is world renown for his expertise. Mr. Slobodian is quoted … "The knives and swords that I make are primarily in the Japanese style and fashion. I find their lore irresistible. While a Japanese blade is revered by its maker and owner, it doesn't stop there. The handle, sheath, and fittings are also harmonious with the blade. I admire this blend of art and the practical."