How do you make your knives?

A process called stock removal. I take a bar of steel and cut, grind and file until it’s a knife. The stainless tool steels I use can’t be forged.

The process of heat treating these high alloy steels requires precise steps of annealing, stress relieving, heat treating, quenching and tempering. Each steel has its own recipe specific to its chemistry. The process of forging steel involves bringing it up to high enough temperatures that the alloy ingredients start oxidizing rapidly. Over the course of forging a knife you will cook off so much of the alloy ingredients you won’t know what you have left, thus you won’t know how to properly heat treat it. This is the basic idea of why you can’t forge high alloy stainless tool steels.


How long does it take to make a knife?

Generally, a few weeks, but it depends on many factors. Some designs are harder than others, some steels are harder to work, sometimes I have to wait for materials if you want something I don’t have in stock.


How much do they cost?

The TLDR version: They start at $100 for a small knife.

Materials, design, finish, embellishments, and any accessories contribute to the price. 440C is cheaper than CPMS35VN (considerably). Brass bolsters are cheaper than Stainless ones. Micarta is cheaper than Stabilized wood. Wide or thick stock costs more to purchase and takes more work to shape and finish.

Speaking of finish, it’s cheaper to go with a satin or brushed finish than a mirror polished finish. Note: Steels with Vanadium can not be mirror finished, like CPMS35VN.

Filework adds a significant amount of time, as does engraving.

A simple Kydex sheath is cheaper than one with an aluminum frame that you can mount all sorts of things on (like fire starters, sharpening stones, paracord etc.), and cheaper still than a tooled, tattooed leather one with exotic inlays.

Displays and knife blocks vary greatly in cost as well.

Example: A chef knife made with 440C, hollow ground, with a satin finish, no bolsters, with a micarta handle is $300. The same knife made with CPMS35VN is $475.


What steels do you use?
 

Mostly 440C, I also use 154CM, CPMS90V, and CPMS35VN

Steel Properties


What kind of handle materials do you use?

Micarta, G-10, Stabilized wood of various species, Kirinite, Synthetic ivory, polyester pearl, embedded materials and more. 


What kind of sheaths do you make?

I can make a nice, solid leather sheath, with simple tooling, I can also tattoo simple designs on the leather. I’m currently messing around with combining tooling with tattooing. I also make Kydex sheaths. I can make them extremely low profile or built with an aluminum frame so you can mount stuff on it, or it to things without worrying about it breaking.


Will you make a knife that I designed?

If I can, yes. I don’t yet make folding knives, and I don’t forge very much so keep that in mind. 


How do I order a knife?

Click the “Order a Knife” button, it will take you to a page with instructions, shipping info, and methods of payment.


What is the anatomy of a knife?

Knife anatomy 001.jpg

1.     Handle

2.     Blade

3.     Tip

4.     Spine

5.     Thumb rise

6.     Front bolster

7.     Front quillon

8.     Rear bolster

9.     Rear quillon

10.  Blade flat

11.  Blade grind

12.  Grind line

13.  Grind termination

14.  Cutting edge

15.  Choil


What tip profile can you make?

1. Drop point  2. Clip point  3. Tanto  4. Sheepfoot  5. Trailing point

1. Drop point

2. Clip point

3. Tanto

4. Sheepfoot

5. Trailing point

6. Wharncliffe  7. Spear point with swage  8. Drop point tanto  9. Upswept drop aka. Nessmuk

6. Wharncliffe

7. Spear point with swage

8. Drop point tanto

9. Upswept drop aka. Nessmuk


What grind types do you use?

grind types dmmw 1-2.jpg

1. Flat

2. Hollow

One on the main reasons I use the above steels is that they can all withstand being hollow ground quite thin, which makes it easier to get in between things, and they are easier to sharpen for longer than a flat grind. A flat grind is stronger, and they have their place, just not too often in my knives.Other grind types such as scandi, saber/ axe grinds can be done but aren’t usually necessary.