Tony over at Everydaycommentary.com poses the question.
I think there will be a number of reasons and they will vary slightly from maker to maker, but I’ll throw a few guesses out there:
Personal Interest – A production knife is made by machines that don’t worry about getting bored. Creative custom knife makers want to stay interested in the work that they do. Maybe they want to change up their work while still keeping with the overall design they like.
Market – Makers will make what people are buying and what will make them money. Whether or not people want to admit it, money is a huge motivator. When you know people collect and buy art knives, it’s easy to head in that direction. It’s a safer route than completely new designs.
Any other ideas?