Who Is Mad Dog Knives?

OUR story

We Create The Savage Edge

Who Is Mad Dog?

We are the producers of Mad Dog® And War Dog® Knives. 

Our performance, reputation, and history speak for themselves. With more than 40 combined years in the knife industry, we are focused on producing the finest hard use knives possible.


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Mad Dog

Kevin "Mad Dog" McClung

After spending many years in trades varying from veterinary surgical assistant, to arms dealer, to rocket scientist, I founded Mad Dog Knives in December on 1988. 

Although I made great knives, the first three years of Mad Dog Knives were plagued by two major obstacles.

First off, I refused to make deeply hollow ground knives or use “Damascus” steel that were so fashionable at the time, and second, I didn’t give a rat’s ass if people were too dumb to buy really excellent knives. Sales were not all that great.

All of that changed in April of 1992, when I was awarded a sole source justification to make the Mad Dog SEAL ATAK knife for the Seal Teams on both coasts. I was an “overnight sensation.”

Decades later, I am still making knives and doing design work on a variety of projects ranging from high tech dive suits to tools for the upcoming Mars Mission.  That being said, making the world’s best combat knives is still my greatest passion.

I also like shooting, fishing, archery, horsemanship, alpine skiing, and my dogs. I am currently single and have every intention of staying that way.

War Pig

Jake "War Pig" Sanchez

I am a journeyman knifemaker, working with Kevin McClung, and a co-star on the Discovery Channel series “Mad Dog Made”.

As a knifemaker, machinist, carpenter, edged weapons instructor, entrepreneur and IT worker, I assist Kevin with any tasks that need to be accomplished, from training to tech to manufacturing. I have been working with Kevin off and on since 2007, in every capacity from friend, to apprentice to partner; always working to further our mutual goal of producing the finest products possible.

As an adult, I have worked in many different capacities, as a bouncer in clubs, dives, and biker bars, as a Marine in 2d Force Recon, as a blacksmith, carpenter, cabinetmaker, aerospace machinist, design draftsman, CAD operator, IT and network administrator, and security contractor, as well as being an entrepreneur, engineer and knifemaker. In my spare time, I hunt, fish, shoot, snowboard, ski, backpack and rock climb.

To learn more about me, you can find me on:

Mad Dog Knives

Our Knives

Combat Knives



SERE Instructor (serrated)

Fighting Knives

Field Knives

Mad Dog Merch

Kitchen Knives - Coming Soon...

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