Hello I am Rick Petko, most people know me from being on Discovery Channels American Chopper series, long before TV I was involved in doing all sorts of metal work, out of high school I worked in one of Bethlehem Steel’s buildings being a crane operator and a coldsaw operator, from there I went on to welding school to get involved in nascar chassis building. I stayed local and worked at Pocono Raceway at the driving school for 5 years and with a Hooters Pro Cup race team. I got involved in industrial contracting relining kilns and furnaces for 10 years up and down the East Coast, from crematoriums to relining ladles to giant heattreat furnaces, aluminum foundry furnaces and precious metal ovens, from there I moved on to auto restorations which led me to Orange County Choppers in New York for 13 years. In 2016 I left OCC to be closer to home and family and joined up with Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson running a full custom fab shop in the dealership. Back in 2006 I started RPD & Co to give myself my own creative outlet, building vintage race bikes, custom welding, metalwork, handforgeing custom knifework and wedding bands. This is all done at my home shop on our farm in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Raindrop 1095 & 15N20, Desert Ironwood
Custom handmade knives
Heirloom quality culinary knives and wedding bands
Custom wedding bands
All knives are created and hand built by myself, I use stock removal as well as hand forging, including heat treating, full or hidden tang handle designs
I work closely with Damasteel® from Sweden, they have the best performing stainless damascus patterened steel in the world
High carbon knives I like to use a variety of steels to either create my own Sanmai billet with a 1084 core or use 1095 and W-2 which I can create a hamon to give it its own uniqueness, also no hamon is available at your request
All wedding bands are created by myself, with your input or my own design, together we can create a one of a kind symbol of your love
As with knives, the unique patterns of Damasteel® are simply stunning
The choice of any of these metals will provide beauty for years to come
All are custom orders so contact me to begin yours
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STROUDSBURG, PA 18360, U.S.A.