Former chef turned bladesmith forges knives, teaches others

Jordan Cox, also known as "Jordy the Knife Maker," is a bladesmith located in Thonotosassa. 

"My knives are functional artwork. They are one of one, handmade pieces that no one else will own, but you," said Cox. 

Cox was a chef until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. 

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"As a chef, I was always a knife-nerd. I liked to take care of my tools," he recalled. 

During the pandemic, when the entire hospitality industry was put on hold, a family member paid for Cox to take a blacksmithing class. He hit it off with the instructor and did an apprenticeship. 

"That’s how all this came about," said Cox. 

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He offers multiple classes in blacksmithing and knife forging. 

"The class is intense; it exposes you a little bit. So, it’s a really good bonding experience," he said. 

Cox offers classes seven days a week. For more information and to see his available inventory of knives, visit