Who the heck is Bud?
Brandyn ‘Bud’ Heyser is the freewheeling creative who owns and makes 13 Knives. Bud left his “birth-hole” in Kentucky in 2013 and drove a home-built motorcycle 12,500km – without maps or GPS – across the United States. Landing in Melbourne in 2015, he spent two years creating furniture for one of the city’s most talked-about designers, Earl Pinto. But knife-making was never far from Bud’s mind, and in 2017 he followed his father and grandfather – and his natural calling – to a forge on Easey Street.
Today, Bud runs an always-open business next door to Paradise Alley – where clients can “drop in anytime and talk knives over a beer”. Bud works through small batches of blades in his personal style, and clients can select their own hardwood handles and pin materials if they get in on a batch early. Bud will also customise classic working knives for discerning outdoorsmen, camping knives for weekend adventurers, and exquisite handcrafted chefs’ and kitchen knives for the ultimate wedding gift.