Hello my name is Fuad Accawi,
I was born American in Beirut in the early 70's. My Mother - Half
Native American Cherokee raised in Tennessee, and my Father a
Christian Lebanese descendant of the French Sacrouge from a village
named Magdaluna. We came home to Tennessee during some of the
worst times Beirut had ever seen. Both my Grandfathers fought the
Axis during WWII, on different continents. One named Clyde Williams
in the U.S. Army, and the other was Fuad Accawi who was a Translator
for the British Army. They both died young and none of us ever had a
chance to meet.
I know I have a funny sounding name, just try growing up in East
I've been making knives for over 30 years now.
My first experience with shaping and grinding a blade was when I was
in junior high school. My dad was cleaning out junk from a storehouse
in our back yard & gave me a coffee can full of dull files, and an old
homemade bench grinder. I was grinding objects that could be
mistaken for knives & within a few hours I was hooked on steel for life.
Over the years I've held several jobs. I apprenticed in college to a
jeweler and within a few years I was an accomplished bench jeweler
with several trainees under me. Next I moved on to machine work. I
apprenticed in a well stocked manual machine shop with lots of good
guidance from talented old school machinists. I stayed in machine
work for 12 more years and worked for some big companies like
Panasonic and General Pattern working on my knives after hours. I
was a strict production style knife guy back then.
Every job I've ever taken, except plumbing, has been one that can
help me advance my skills as a knifemaker. I got into forging and
making my own Damascus Steel about 14 years ago and it took me to
a whole new level of obsession. Since then I've been concentrating on
making my work the very best possible. My in house heat treating
experience has come into play in earnest, and it's amazing to know
that I can make that piece of steel I forged out do anything I want all
the way down to the grain structure.
I've been making knives full- time for 14 years, but as a passion for
over 30 years. I've been published numerous times, I've done many
forging & finishing demo's, recently for University of Tennessee's
department of Material Science, and several TV pilots that were never
picked up. Also an appearance on History's "How Stuff Works-Steel".
And of course, Forged in Fire.