This is the home website for Sanctuary Knives and Holsters, a website dedicated to apprentice bladesmith, Tony Montagnino, an Arizona-based designer and maker. Tony is relatively new to bladesmithing and has been working on these skills as a hobby since 2013.
Although his blade design skills are new, Tony has spent decades developing his skills as a maker and designer having worked in most art mediums from pottery, to jewelry design, to woodworking, to graphic design, painting, screen printing and air brush. Tony is also an accomplished graphic designer, photographer and video editor having spent fifteen years of his career in the field of multimedia design and desktop publishing in the Silicon Valley of California. Before that Tony spent a decade in Chicago's catalog district as a commercial and wedding photographer.
More recently Tony has turned his attention to sales and marketing and works his "day job" as a Sales Manager for a major Insurance company.
Although Bladesmithing has been a hobby, Tony is accomplished as a maker and has experience with many tools and processes. He recently completed building his own 2x72 belt grinder and is working on developing more tools for bladesmithing.