The General Membership category is open to anyone including knife collectors, knifemakers from other states, beginning knife makers, and those makers whose primary interest is assembling kit knives. All who do not wish to submit knives for inspection or who do not pass inspection may be members in this category. Out of state members may vote on issues put forward for a general vote of the membership, but are not eligible to vote on board of director positions, as these positions are dependent on residency within a TKG region.
The Associate Sponsor category is open to knife dealers and suppliers of knifemaking supplies. Members in this category are expected to conduct business with knifemakers in Texas, and may be called upon to support and participate in TKG events, or offer discounts to TKG members. Lone Star Knifemaker members who are also dealers will not be expected to pay membership in both categories. In-state/out of state voting rules apply to associate sponsors.
Lone Star Knifemakers
Lone Star Knifemakers will submit three knives for inspection. Previously certified knifemakers need not re-inspect. Knives for inspection must be hand made, meaning at a minimum that the maker personally ground and polished the blade and installed the handle. The judging criteria and inspection procedure are available on the TKG website for download. Persons who apply for Lone Star Knifemaker but do not pass inspection will be accepted as General Members. The dues difference will not be refunded, and the maker must wait at least 6 months prior to re-inspection. Lone Star Knifemaker membership is available to Texas residents only.
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Members are subject to the TKG Bylaws and the Membership Procedure. Persons who complete the membership application form, meet the membership criteria for the level of membership at which they apply, and pay the yearly dues will be granted membership for 12 months after their initial payment date.