Calvin James Powell grew up in Germany with his missionary parents. His family moved back to the United States when he was 13. While studying carpentry, Calvin saw a knife making demonstration and never looked back. After apprenticing under Wayne Jarrett, Calvin launched C J Custom knives in 2010. An avid hunter, he uses only his own knives in the field for skinning and butchering his animals.
Calvin currently resides in Spokane, Washington where he spends his time working as a personal trainer and going on adventures with his wife and friends.