ABBOTT ó Itís one of the oldest professions in the world ó knife making ó and a local man in Abbott does it better than almost anyone else.
Knife maker Michael Drost is celebrating his 25th year in business as the owner and lone employee of Drost Custom Knives.
ďA knife is manís oldest tool, and somebody has to make it,Ē Drost said.
Drost handcrafts high-performance hunting knives.
His business might be tucked away in the rolling hills of rural Abbott in southern Upshur County, but his works of art are known nationwide.
His knife making has also caught the eye of some of the biggest names of professional hunters, collectors and celebrities over the last 25 years.
Politicians from the late West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd to current senator Joe Manchin to former governor Cecil Underwood have all owned knives made by Drost.
He has had contracts with everyone from the U. S. Military, the State of West Virginia, outdoor trade companies, law enforcement agencies to movie producers in Hollywood. His works have been displayed on the big screen all the way to the Smithsonian Institute Museum to the West Virginia Cultural Museum.
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