Daniel Winkler

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Daniel Winkler is an American award-winning custom knifemaker based in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA.


Winkler has been making knives since 1977 and is a certified Mastersmith with the American Bladesmith Society and designed and built the knives and tomahawks for the 1992 motion picture The Last of the Mohicans.[1][2][3]

Winkler was primarily known for his Native-American or pioneer-style influenced designs until 2012. In that year Winkler became involved with military and tactical knives and tomahawks.[4]

Winkler is also credited in the New York Times for having his hatchets used by the Navy Seals, particularly Seal Team 6. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/world/asia/the-secret-history-of-seal-team-6.html?_r=3&referrer=

Winkler designed the Sayoc-Winkler "R&D Hawk" in conjunction with Sayoc Tactical Group Tomahawk Instructor Rafael Kayanan as a tomahawk for modern military applications.[5]

R&D Hawk by Sayoc-Winkler Knives 2


  1. ^ Haskew, Mike (2003-09-01). "Pipe Hawks". 30 (9). Blade Magazine. pp. 26–34. 
  2. ^ Haskew, Mike (2006-09-01). "Star-Spangled Hawks Take Wing". 33 (9). Blade Magazine. pp. 30–37. 
  3. ^ Nickens, Edward (2004). Legend of the Bowie. Field & Stream. pp. 73–75. ISSN 8755-8599. 
  4. ^ Kertzman, Joe (15 August 2013). Knives 2014: The World's Greatest Knife Book. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-4402-3700-3. 
  5. ^ Haskew, M.: "Sayoc Tomahawk",Blade Magazine, June 2009