Justin Clapsaddle started his company, Clapsaddle Custom Knives.
Justin Clapsaddle enlisted in the Army out of high school and was fortunate to be assigned to the 3/73 Armor Battalion within the 82nd Airborne Division. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, Justin served as a squad leader and made 23 parachute jumps. After two years as a paratrooper, Justin was selected to attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. As a cadet candidate, his time was spent sharpening his academic and leadership abilities. Upon graduation from USMAPS, Justin received an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA).
After leaving USMA following his plebe year, Justin enrolled at Western Carolina University and graduated with honors. Always drawn to service, Justin chose to major in middle grades education. For over 15 years, he has worked with numerous students to help develop them as responsible young citizens. As a classroom teacher, coach, and school administrator, Justin has encouraged students to follow a path of servant leadership and respect towards all people.
Three years ago, Justin began pursuing the hobby of knife making. Thanks to help of some hard work and a great mentor, Mike Wilson, Justin’s knives have grown in popularity. Clapsaddle Custom Knives, CCK, began with the vision of making hunting and tactical knives that were artistically functional. CCK only uses American made steel for their blades and each knife is hand ground in our shop. We personally select the materials used for our handles and in some cases even produce our own handle material. Additionally, we make every knife sheath specifically for each individual knife. The sheaths are cut, tooled, and sewn all by hand. Our mission is to make a knife that is functional, but one of heirloom quality that will be a treasured for generations.