Who Is Mad Dog Knives?

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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 and custom knives possible.
Here at Mad Dog Knives, we create the edge of adventure.

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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. 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. 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”.

Having a broad educational and occupational background including experience in manufacturing, art and both project and personnel management, I handle the “business” end of the company, as well as working on the shop floor. I have been working with Kevin off and on since 2007, in every capacity from friend, to apprentice to partner. I consistently work to further our mutual goal of producing the finest products possible.

In my career, I’ve worked as a Marine, serving in 2d Force Recon, as a blacksmith, carpenter, cabinetmaker, aerospace machinist, design draftsman, IT and network administrator, security contractor, and bouncer . 

In my free time, I enjoy a wide variety of outdoor and shooting sports, as well as being an avid gamer.

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Mad Dog Knives

Our cUSTOM Knives

Want to find the best custom knives in the world?

Our SEAL ATAK is the first and only knife to ever receive a sole source justification from any branch of the US military!

Combat Knives

Our combat knives are not just for the SEALs – they also make great survival tools! 



SERE Instructor (serrated)

Fighting Knives

Gorgeous blades that are ergonomic, tough, durable, and dependable.

Field Knives

Your dependable partner wherever adventure takes you.

Mad Dog Merch

Kitchen Knives - Coming Soon...

More Than 40 Combined Years In The Knife Industry

We Create The Savage Edge

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