About Matt Mann
Matt began making his own equipment at a young age using his father's powertools, beginning with "toy" crossbows that fired bolts tipped with sharpened nails. He had made several knives by the time he was in middle school, and there he learned to sew during a home economics class. Matt began sewing at home on his mother's machine, using OD nylon fabric, brown polypropylene webbing, and cotton thread from the local fabric store, making a bike bag, first aid kit, and a cover for his Boy Scout Handbook. By high school, he had made several better knives and sheaths, a climbing/rapelling harness, and a sturdy backpack that he used for school on a daily basis. Matt achieved the rank of Eagle Scout a week before turning 18.
On Matt's 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to be a Navy SEAL (Sea Air Land commando). He left for boot camp in the summer of 2000 and two years later, after completing several courses of instruction, Matt graduated from SEAL Qualification Training and received his Trident. Matt excelled in shooting, combat swimming/diving, orienteering, obstacle courses, and physical fitness. He departed the Navy with an honorable discharge in 2004.
Matt now lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife who he met in college. He exercises regularly and frequently hikes and kayaks throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. At home, Matt spends much of his time in the workshop. Almost every piece of equipment he acquires - he modifies in some way to make it more useful. Matt has constructed about a dozen SpecWar-style ghillie suits, DuraCoated various types of firearms, and is working on production of a full line of semi-custom knives. He is currently producing Kydex holsters, magazine pouches, and knife sheaths, and he also modifies commercially available knives and sheaths.