It hit Charles again while working one day, that he needed to find venues where he would be the only bladesmith attending and soon discovered the Safari Club International Show. Charles submitted his work which was juried back then, and a booth holder canceled, so he got into the most spectacular spectacle of a show, geared for the Safari hunters who hunt and fish all over the World, in exotic places. The show was as big as a football stadium and lasted for four days. There was no way to see everything. Charles further developed his patterns with feedback from his clients. Many years later, Charles clients transitioned over to Edwardian clay pigeon shoots in the Eastern part of the U.S. and was invited to the Vintagers World Cup Championships, Game Conservancy, and the Millbrook shoots. Clients wiped out all of his inventory and literally fought over him. Writer-Director, John Milius invited Charles and 5 others to dinner (The Magic Six) and was very impressed that Charles didn’t ask him to get a knife in one of his movies. Charles figured if he wanted one, he would ask. Very prestigious gun companies from the U.S. and abroad started trading Charles brand new guns “in the box” for one of his knives. Like Safari Club, there were many celebrities, movie stars, foreign dignitaries, etc. who attended the shoots. Charles even sold a knife to our current Presidents Son, Donald Jr., which is quite a story. Charles dropped Jrs. check on the table and said, “I guess your check is alright because it didn’t bounce”. His buddies that were with Donald Jr., busted out laughing when Charles was asked if he knew who Trump Jr. was. Charles said, “Sure, Donald Trump’s boy… I know his Dads got money, but I don’t know about Jr.!” Everyone got a big kick out of this ol’ country boy.
Word got out and Charles was honored to make knives for movie and TV stars like Director John Milius, Gary Busey, and Harrison Ford, among many others. He also was commissioned by Sauer Guns in Germany, and Mr. Purdey and Purdey Firearms in England, along with military contracts, McMillan Sniper Rifles, and many gun makers that coveted Charles’ 3-D Damascus steel.