Francesca Wilburn-Ritchie is the daughter of Mastersmith Aaron Wilburn. From a young age Francesca has been fully immersed in the world of knives. Spending time in her Father’s workshop, watching his finely tuned skills at work, Francesca developed an eye for detail and appreciation for the art of knife making. At the age of 15 Francesca made her first knife, starting with a bar of steel and a block of wood, she forged and ground her way to a fully functional and aesthetically appealing hunting knife.
Throughout the years Francesca has pushed to develop and refine her art. In 2015 Francesca and her Husband Zach prepared to welcome their little girl into the world, starting with a knifemaking hiatus. Late fall of 2016 Francesca and Zach changed course, creating their very first leather products for the public. Little did they know, it was the snowball that would roll into a full time career for them both.
As of 2020, Francesca is a full time Leather Artisan, specializing in custom sheaths, hand dyeing and commissioned high end custom projects. She produces a limited batch of knives every year for her collectors.