William "Bill" Scagel
William Wales Scagel or Bill Scagel (February 12, 1873 – March 26, 1963) was a knifemaker whose style had a profound impact on the cutlery trade, influencing it for over 100 years.
Born near Alpena, Michigan and raised in Canada, Scagel began making knives in 1910 while working at lumber camps throughout Michigan and Canada. Prior to this he worked as a bridgebuilder and an artist in wrought iron. In 1920, after his shop in Muskegon, Michigan burned down he settled in nearby Fruitport and built a new shop on a piece of land he named "Dogwood Nub" which began his long full-time career of making knives, axes, cookware, and boats
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