Joe has been pattern welding steel since 1995. He specializes in historic configurations, particularly the multibar/separate edge composite blade structure associated with Migration period through early medieval and Viking swords. Joe has a background in journalism, where he worked for 15 years in the motorcycle industry under the byline “MotoJoe”. For six years, he served as periodic cohost of a popular motorcycle related weekly radio talk show in Los Angeles.
In 1993, Joe married the lovely and gracious Amy. Amy is an influential lampworkbead artist with international following. They now live in Newbury Park, California with their Daughter, Christin.
Music (guitar and piano) is among Joe’s diversions. He is also an Olympic style competitive fencer with a USFA rating of “A” in epee.
In Late 2005, Caswell Knives undertook a new direction. Previously, all Caswell knives were ‘sole authorship’—made from beginning to end by Joe Caswell.
There will still be sole authorship pieces, particularly historic recreations, but for certain “special projects”, beginning with the InLine Pocket Clip folding knife, Joe has assembled a design/engineering team with members chosen for their great experience and superior performance in specialized fields.