Michael Holtschulte 63, of London Ohio has passed away Sunday May 10, 2020 working in the knife shop doing what he loved to do best making custom knives. Born November 17, 1956 in Columbus Ohio He was the son of Richard Allen and Vera Mae (Ball) Holtschulte. He was a Vietnam era veteran. Mike worked as a Mercedes Benz mechanic and he was self employed as a custom knife maker for the past 28 years making over 12,000 Knives. Survivors include his children Lisa Holtschulte and Paul Holtschulte; grand daughter Allena; wife Sharon Holtschulte; Girlfriend Linda Clifton; siblings Roxanne Ellis, Tim Holtschulte, Peggy Young and Wendy Gullato; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jo Anne “Jodi” Holtschulte and brother Jeff Holtschulte. Funeral services will be Saturday. May 16, 2020 at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London Ohio with Pastor Leo Recio officiating at 5PM. Friends my stop by the funeral home from 3PM to 5PM. To pay there respects to the family and reflect on Mike Holtschulte’s Life and the positive impact this wonderful Christian man made in the London community. He touched many lives and will be missed dearly.
full tang construction. very strong.
New crop of knives as of 6/25/2019 if you see something you like call Mike at 740-604-1345
3/31/2019 Mike Holtshulte current custom knife display at the Hilliard fair grounds today if you see a knife you like take a photo of it send it to Mike he will text you back a price, if agreed upon and the knife is in stock he will mail it to you or you can stop by the gun show and pick it up. 740-604-1345
3/31/19 one of my favorite knives is the Bolo third from the right.
My name is Michael Holtschulte I am a Vietnam era Army veteran. I am retired 29 years as a top level factory Mercedes-Benz mechanic specializing in jobs that were hard or difficult to figure out. People seek me out after they have been everywhere else for my mechanical skills to fix their car right. I have invented tools to work on Mercedes-Benz that reduced the amount of time it took to work on a car without jeopardizing quality. I have made 12,000 knives over 28 years of a tactical/combat and survival/hunting nature. I have been published in Blade Magazine. I use the forge and stock removal method. I like my knives strong and well designed. Many of my knives have made it to Iraq and Afghanistan as my brother was a Sergeant Major also in the service Army detachment Delta Ft. Bragg. The United States Secretary of State staff have purchased Holtschulte Karambit and SharkTac sheaths. The original order for the first Holtschulte Karambit came from Karambit.com. David Canterbury of Duel Survivor featured my knife on his website, has bought my knives and refers to them as "a Ka-bar on steroids" (and he is right). I take pride in my work and do all my own heat treat nothing is sent out. If you have a specific design in mind draw me a picture and I will make it for you as I do custom orders. Mail it to: 116 w. Center St. London OH 43140. My phone # 1 (740) 604-1345
I appeared in the December military Issue of "Blade Magazine" of which came out in September 14, 2010. The name of the article is "the ideal military knife".
Two new knives I just made this week 6/1/2018 and they are already both sold the top one is made out of 1095, with a Hedge Apple handle. The bottom one is 1095 with an Ash handle.
New batch of Knives are made weekly. If you see any thing you like call me at 704-604-1345 Thank you Mike.
Notice the durable Micarta handle for strength. I use two ton epoxy to hold the handles on with brass or stainless lanyard holes. You can lash the knife using the holes making it into a spear if needed. Hog hunting.
Here I am at the Hilliard gun show. I some times sell 18 Knives in a week end
This is one of my favorite Japanese style hidden blades. This style was brought back by veterans of world war two. This knife handle and scabbard is made from Osage Orange and is very durable. The knife will stay in the scabbard until you grab both scabbard and handle and pull it apart. I can grab this knife buy the handle and shake it very hard and the scabbard does not come off till pulled apart. it has brass pins.
Some of Mike's new knives displayed at the recent Hilliard Ohio gun show
Orange Osage one piece Japanese knife blade is 7 1/2 inches long. $400. Notice the grain of the wood flows through the break of the handle. Mike will be accepting custom orders for several of these this month. Just phone him at 1-740-604-1345 tell him how long you want the blade and what kind of wood you want and he will make it for you.
Batch of knifes Mike created recently pick out what you want, name your handle material and Mike will give you a fair price. call him at 740-604-1345
Knife blank ready for handles. Notice full tang construction for strength. I like to use stainless steel tubing for pins. This knife would have three lanyard holes. If you have to lash it to something to make a spear, the stainless tubing really comes into play here. The stainless tubing is such a small detail when many people buy my knife that is frequently over looked but if they ever have to use it as a spear, that is when they truly appreciate this feature and it comes in handy.
Bowie knife - 1095 steel fully forged with maple handle laminated brass and bronze guard with handmade deluxe leather sheath $500.00 price can very depending on components and size call me at 740-604-1345
Mississippi River Bowie with bent guards brass pinned handle comes with deluxe leather sheath $500.00 These knives are as much an Artistic expression to me as a functional tool. I pray before I make each knife that Holy Spirit will guide my hands to make the best possible knife for the individual that has ordered it and that it is used for only good constructive uses. Semper fi Each knife I make by hand I get better and better at I am up to 9100 knives made to date.
Call Mike if you have any questions at 1-740-604-1345. This is the sign Mike totes with him to the Gun and knife shows in Ohio, stop by his booth and say high if you have any questions. He can sometimes work with you on prices depending on what you want to order and how hard it is to get. Have a blessed day.