I'm Dave Baker, they call me the "Mind-Aker" and I create high end custom knives. I grew up in a small Midwestern suburb just north of Chicago, Illinois called Mundelein. I began my love for working with my hands in a very unique high school class. Mundelein High School had an aircraft construction class where we, the students, actually built a real airplane, with proper instruction of course. This launched me into a career as an Aircraft Mechanic/Avionics Technician and shortly after high school I went away to college to get certified.
College served me well and I've had a great career in my field and continue to contribute to the aviation community in my full time job as an Avionics Technician. But I realized there is something missing, I needed more...
Aviation is great but there's just not enough heart involved. Not enough creativity. Deep down i'm an artist and I strive for that creative outlet. I've been searching a long time for something more and came across the knife community in 2012 and just knew it was something I wanted to do. So, the journey began...
I slowly but surely built my workshop and practiced and practiced my knife making skills to bring to life my very first model, the Mind-Aker, which is currently discontinued as it was difficult to build, there are only a handful out there. Every day is a new learning experience and I enjoy learning about all that is involved in making the knives I want to create as well as learning the business end as well.
I do absolutely everything in house and on my own but only in my spare time. Click here to see how. I dream to make knives full time one day and eventually grow Mind-Aker Knives large enough to employ a great team and become a great American company.
As a tribute to my roots as an Avionics Technician, I will be using electrical terms for all of the names of my knife models.