Bob Terzuola was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended New York University. Upon graduation in 1967 he went to Panama as a Peace Corps trainer and later became a jade carver and gemologist in the Motagua river valley, Guatemala.
In 1979, Terzuola began making knives and in 1981 joined the Knifemakers' Guild on an endorsement from Bob Loveless. Terzuola's first knives were fixed blade designs, made for soldiers in Guatemala. In 1981, he moved to New Mexico and began making folding knives. Seeing a need for a knife that could be carried discreetly he developed a model using black micarta for the scales and bead-blasted titanium bolsters; for this effort he coined the term "Tactical Knife". Bob Terzuola attends many of the finest custom knife
shows across the United States as well as the Milan Show in Milan, Italy.
Bob Terzuola Knives are known for their trademark design and high quality workmanship. Bob's most popular model is the ATCF, a folding knife design. This was his first tactical folding knife, although he also makes it with non-tactical materials. KnifeArt.com and Bob Terzuola have collaborated on projects such as the limited edition EXTF tactical folding knife. The KnifeArt.com exclusive EXTF was limited to 20 knives. Other knife models that Bob Terzuola is popular for are 3A, TT-1, Model 7, Eagle Rock 514, TTF3A, Model 26, Starmate, TTF3B, Pathfinder, Century Starfighter, Starmate, Battle Guard, TTF6, Model 18 Combat Master, WEE T, Battle Mate, just to name a few. A very popular knife that Bob Terzuola designed for Spyderco is the SLIPIT. The SPLIPIT is of the finest non locking tactical folders on the market.
Robert Terzuola has authored an extremely popular book about the design of tactical knives named, 'The Tactical Folding Knife'. When you hear people say that Bob Terzuola literally wrote the book on tactical folding knives, he really did! Many custom tactical knifemakers have his book in their shop, and value his opinions and designs. Bob Terzuola has also authored articles about tactical knives and knifemaking for Blade, Soldier of Fortune and other publications.
Bob Terzuola has collaborated with other custom knifemakers and production knife companies including Spyderco, Strider Knives
, and Microtech Knives.