Here are few questions that will need answering:
Fixed blade or folding
What is the intended use?
What blade shape do you prefer?
How long do you want the blade to be?
What finish do you want your blade to have.
What handle materials do you want?
How large do you want the handle?
Choose your Blade material
There are many diffrent steels that are suitable for knife making. the ones I list are steels I have used before and trust. If your preferred blade steel is not listed below, I can get whatever you require from my suppliers.
1084, 1095, 5160 etc..
Great edge holding, strength, and toughness.
will require some up keep to prevent rusting.
154cm, cpm15, Cpms35vn, Nitro-V
Excellent edge holding, toughness, and corrosion resistance
Damascus or Pattern Welded Steel
Made of many layers of different steels, fused together at very high temperatures. The resulting bar or billet is often twisted, folded, cut and re-stacked, etc to manipulate the resulting patterns. the more elaborate the pattern the more beautiful and expensive the steel. Damascus has all the properties of the original metals and the beauty of nothing else in the world - because each blade is one of a kind
Laminated Steel or San Mai
Made in a similar process as Damascus but with no folding or twisting.
High Carbon down the center with iron, softer steel, or Damascus on the outsides. The beauty of the metal plus the great edge holding, strength, and toughness of high carbon where it is needed - at the edge.
Choose Your Handle Material
Micarta / G10 / Carbon Fiber
A composite of burlap, linen, denim, canvas, paper, or carbon fiber impregnated with resin. contrasting colors or textures can be used to create interesting patterns in the finished handle.
Thin layers of G10 can be included in your handle as liners. Sandwiched between whatever handle material you choose, and the tang, to provide contrast or a pop of color.
Natural and traditional, Walnut, Maple, Cocobolo, Bocote, Ironwood and many other domestic and exotic hardwoods.
Real wood treated with polymers for added strength. Dye can be added to the polymers for added visual impact.
Domestic and exotic hardwoods and burl wood
Horn / Bone
Natures other great handle materials.
Horn Is found on animals such as Buffalo, Oxen, Sheep, and many other animals. Horn is made from a material similar to fingernails and hair. Horns are not naturally shed by the animal. Bone from Cattle, Camel, Giraffe among others can be used natural or dyed
Both Bone and horn can make beautiful functional handles.
The term "Fossil Ivory" refers to Materials that are over 100 years old and are often several hundred to several thousand years old. While not the best choice for hard use knives it can be found in high end daily carry knives, display pieces or kitchen knives. Fossil Ivory comes in colors ranging from dark browns to light cream with the most prized pieces having shades of blue and or green. Common fossil Ivorys are Mammoth, Mammoth tooth, Walrus, Oosic.
I strive to make all my knives as original as possible. Slight differences in shape, grind and handle materials from knife to knife make each one unique. However knives have been around for thousands of years and there are very few usable designs that have not been used in one way or another. See the photo gallery for some of my designs as well as pictures of my finished work.
If you have a design you would like to have made,by all means show me what you have in mind. If the design is feasible then I can make your knife.
I will not make a copy or reproduction of another maker's work.
Little design features that turn a nice tool into functional art.
Decorative filework, Mosaic pins, G10 handle liners, Bolsters, Swedge grinds and much more
Made by my lovely wife
A plain leather sheath is included on any non kitchen knife, and pocket slips are included with slipjoints.
A tooled leather sheath is Available upon request.
I will re-sharpen any of my knives at no cost, however I do ask that you pay for all shipping costs for this service.
I will also sharpen knives that I did not make but, for the service I charge a $20.00 flat rate OR $3.00 per inch of blade length, whichever is more.