Koster Hand-Forged Knives

Steven C. Koster - Maker

Steven C. Koster is a Journeyman Bladesmith  with the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and is a past Board member of the California Knifemakers Association.  

When living in CA, He Was Show Chairman for the Annual California Knifemakers Show in Brea, CA.   


He is a retired Commercial Electrician who worked in southern ca for 30 years, and now Lives in his hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho with his Wife Liz.  Together they have two children, Douglas and natalie.  


born in northern California, Steve grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho where he spent almost all of his time outdoors; fishing, hunting, camping, trapping, and climbing.   He was rarely without a spinning rod or a 22/410 in the summer and a 30/30 or 12-gauge with him each fall.   He always had a hand axe, a pocket knife and matches -  a version of these last three are essential if you go into the woods.

Steve's work can be seen at several shows throughout the year including: Blade Show West in Portland, OR, the Knife Expo in Pasadena, CA,  American Bladesmith Society / Knifemaker's Guild ICCE Show in Kansas City, MO, California Knifemakers Show in Brea, CA, and the Plaza Cutlery Show in Anaheim, CA. 


  • 1993 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, Ca):

            - Best Amateur Knifemaker

  • 2009 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, ca):

         - Presidents Award

  • 2011 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, ca):

          - Best Fixed Blade

  • 2012 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, ca): 

         - Best Damascus Knife

            - Best Bowie

            - Best Hand Forged

  • 2013 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, ca):

          - Best Damascus Knife

  • 2013 ABS Knife Exposition

             - Best Damascus        (San Antonio, Tx)      

  • 2014 Knife Expo    (Pasadena, ca):
         - Best Damascus Knife

            - Best Bowie

  • 2016 Knife Expo  (Pasadena, ca):

            - Best in SHOW

About the Maker - Steven C. Koster