About Madrona Knives

From 1981 until 1998 I owned and operated Madrona Knives. I was a one-woman custom knifemaking shop, producing kitchen knives from Russel blanks as well as fully custom hunting, fishing, utility, and rigging knives.

My work was perhaps best known from my rigging knives; Sam Devlin, in his book Devlin’s Boat Building Book, mentions my work. I still get inquiries from folks asking where they can get a good rigging knife. Currently Devlin is selling a rigging knife made for him by a Port Townsend maker. Check out his website here.

Myerchin is still the only commercial maker of rigging knives that I know of. They are available through marine and fisherman’s supply houses.

I have plans to release my knife patterns at some point in the future, but I don’t have any idea when I might do so.

Best Regards,
Adrienne Adams


3 thoughts on “About Madrona Knives

  1. Adrienne, I introduced my family to sailing in approx. 1978. We lived in Pasco (land locked) at the time, but trailered our first sailboat to the West side and vacationed in the San Juans and Gulf Islands. I was totally enthralled with the entire adventure of sailing and one of the many books I purchased was The Riggers Apprentice. In it Brian Toss discussed and drew out a “rigger’s knife”. I had to have one, contacted him and was given the name Madrona Knives. I did buy a beautiful knife from you (probably late 70’s or early 80’s) which I cherished until this last Christmas when I passed it on to one of my children. Now of course I’m having second thoughts and wish I had kept it. It had tremendous sentimental value for me, as well as being about the coolest knife I’ve ever owned. Thought of you today and did a quick Google search. Does the above comments mean you are not in the knife making business any more? I realize it has been a long time. Anyway, it would be great to hear back from you, especially if you have any leads on a good knife. I’ll look into the name you mentioned. Best wishes and thank you so much for the wonderful tool you provided me for our adventures long ago. Jerry Giles, La Conner, WA

  2. Hi Adrienne,
    Wow, had no idea I’d find you. Especially with a different last name. It’s 30 years down the road and I’m having your AR Madrona knife sharpened. Still love it as much as I did 30 years ago. Never did abuse it. You custom made one for me. Great knife, still, is an understatement. Was showing it to someone, the other day, thought I’d see if you still made them. Question answered.Thanks for the blog update, hope this finds you well and in good spirits. Kind Regards, Gwendolyn

    • Gwendolyn, great to hear from you! And great to hear that your knife is still providing good service. I was actually this very afternoon going thru old Madrona stuff, preparing for a move later this summer. It would be cool to have a photo of your knife, after all these years. Do you social media at all? I have an Instagram account @adrienneadams…. Just a thought…

      Best regards, Adrienne

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