Tiger Edge began in 2010 when our founder, Evan Shelley, was finishing his business management degree at Louisiana State University. (Geaux Tigers!) Evan spent his college years starting up small businesses but didn't find a passion in any of them until he visited a local knife show for inspiration. Having grown up in southern Louisiana, he spent most of his summers out in the "dirt hills" chopping trees, building forts, making tools from scratch, etc. His mother loves telling the story of Evan receiving his first throwing hatchet as a teenager and immediately "discovering" the only underground powerline in his yard by accident. For Evan, knives, axes, and machetes were a perfect fit from the start. Having lived near a big city his entire life, he understood the practicality of carrying self-defense and emergency use items like pocket knives, survival kits, etc. At the same time, his love of the outdoors inspired him to start carrying all of the fixed blade knives and machetes he wish his parents would've let him play around with when he was younger.