Towell, 76, lives on a small Idaho ranch, where he has been making knives since 1966, when he made a hunting knife for his son.
Today, collectors across the world pay thousands of dollars for his custom knives, which have a waiting list of five to six years.
A dagger he recently sold at the Art Knife Invitational in San Diego was purchased for $12,800. He is currently working on an engraved dagger with 14 and 24-karat gold stones from Russia.
Towell, who estimates that he has made more than 1,200 knives in his life, retired from his job raising cattle in 2004 to focus full-time on making knives. However, he said he doesn’t plan on stopping making knives anytime soon.
“I have too many people waiting for knives. As long as I can make it from the house to the shop, I’ll keep working. What’s the old saying? If you enjoy doing what you do, it’s not work.”