My name is Caden Bostic, I am a knifemaker based in Wellington, New Zealand. My fascination with knives started when I was in high school. I began by cutting up bits of metal I found in my high school engineering class scrap bin. I remember watching a video of someone cutting up a steel fire extinguisher to make something and I figured the expired fire extinguisher I found in the bin at school was the perfect candidate for my first knife. Little did I know not only was my fire extinguisher not hardenable steel, it was the wrong metal entirely (aluminium). After countless hours of cutting, drilling, and filing with blunt and/or broken tools, I had made the ugliest and least functional knife I have ever seen. From that point on I was totally hooked. With each new knife I made I tried to improve something and to this day I still strive to be better with each new knife I make.
I was born in Long Beach, California. Shortly after my sister was born, my family moved to Oakland where we lived until I was 7 years old. We then moved to Singapore for four years before finally moving to New Zealand where I have lived ever since. One massive interest of mine was (and is) Lego. I seriously believe playing with these building blocks as a kid helped me develop my insatiable need to make things and I'm super grateful for that. In school I always enjoyed classes where I was able to make things. In high school when I finally got the chance to work with steel and other metals in engineering class I felt that I had found the medium I wanted to work in. I would always try to get my assessment projects completed in the first half of the term ion order to give myself as much time to do whatever I wanted to do. In these classes I made my first and second forges.
Currently the way I design my knives is by looking at the range of processes I know how to do and I stack them up in different ways in order to produce a knife. My goal is to expand that list of processes as much as possible to allow me to design more and more complex knives. This is a major part of why I enjoy doing commissions, Often I'm asked to make knives or add features to a knife that I haven't done before and this is where I grow the most as a maker. Having to come up with ways to reach an end product that both me and the customer are completely happy with is a super fun process, it's one of my favourite parts of this job.
Thank you for reading this, I hope it gives you a little insight into who you're ordering a knife from.