Daniel Winkler is an American custom knifemaker based in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, US.


R&D Hawk by Sayoc-Winkler Knives 2

Winkler has been making knives since 1977 and is a certified Mastersmith with the American Bladesmith Society and designed and built the knives and tomahawks for the 1992 motion picture The Last of the Mohicans.[1][2][3]

Winkler was primarily known for his Native-American or pioneer-style influenced designs until 2012. In that year Winkler became involved with military and tactical knives and tomahawks.[4]

Winkler is also credited in the New York Times for having his hatchets used by the Navy Seals, particularly Seal Team 6.[5]

Winkler designed the Sayoc-Winkler "R&D Hawk" in conjunction with Sayoc Tactical Group Tomahawk Instructor Rafael Kayanan as a tomahawk for modern military applications.[6]


  1. ^ Haskew, Mike (2003-09-01). "Pipe Hawks". Vol. 30, no. 9. Blade Magazine. pp. 26–34.
  2. ^ Haskew, Mike (2006-09-01). "Star-Spangled Hawks Take Wing". Vol. 33, no. 9. Blade Magazine. pp. 30–37.
  3. ^ Nickens, Edward (2004). Legend of the Bowie. Field & Stream. pp. 73–75. ISSN 8755-8599.
  4. ^ Kertzman, Joe (15 August 2013). Knives 2014: The World's Greatest Knife Book. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-4402-3700-3.
  5. ^ "SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  6. ^ Haskew, M.: "Sayoc Tomahawk",Blade Magazine, June 2009