In need of extra money to help support his family back in the 1930s, Montana welder Rudy Ruana began making knives on the side in a small garage. Before long, his reputation for high-quality handmade knives spread across the United States and what began as a side hustle to help put food on the family’s table became a thriving family business.

Today, in the same facility that it was founded in over 70 years ago, Ruana Knives is still operated by members of the Ruana family who churn out American-made knives that are highly coveted by collectors around the world for their aluminum handles.

In “The Bladesmiths,” we get a behind–the–scenes look at how the Ruana family continues to make knives today using the same equipment and methods honed by an original American craftsman decades ago:

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