I have always been passionate about knives. There are all kinds of knives out there; cheap, stamped stainless knives with plastic handles; well made carbon steel knives with wooden handles; european forged knives with synthetic handles and asian hand-forged knives with exotic wood handles.
Each kind of knife serves a purpose and fulfills a need in the field or the kitchen. However, for me there is no higher standard in the cutlery world than the true custom knife, made for a specific user to serve a specific purpose.
That purpose may be dicing vegetables, carving a roast, butchering a game animal or filleting a fish. Whatever the purpose, a knife made with materials YOU selected, designed for YOU to fit YOUR hand and perform a specific task is always a joy to own and use.
I began making custom knives as a hobby, and very soon it became an obsession. I frequently attend custom knife shows to admire the work of master bladesmiths, purchase knife making materials and learn more about the craft of custom knife making.
Here are some examples of recently completed knives.
6 piece kitchen knife set with japanese laminated damascus blades, hippopotamus ivory spacers and maple burl handles.
A closer view of the dyed and stabilized maple burl handles.
The color, contrast and figure of the maple burl handles is incredible.
Hunting knife with micarta handle scales, dovetailed brass bolsters and a mosaic pins.
Top of the knife handle showing the red, white and blue handle liners and the dovetailed brass bolsters.
Bottom of the knife handle.
Close up of the mosaic pins.
Fitted sheath protects the knife and holds it securely in place.
Kitchen knife set made with 440C stainless steel, dyed and stabilized maple burl handles and mosaic pins.
Close up of the maple burl handles.
Detail of the handle and mosaic pin.
Serrated bread knife.
Smaller chef's knife.
Small utility knife.
Japanese laminated stainless damascus steel with a wooly mammoth molar spacer, african blackwood ferule and desert ironwood handle with a mosaic pin.
Close up of the desert ironwood and african blackwood.
A practical and beautiful, all purpose japanese santoku stye knife.
Detail of the african blackwood ferrule and the wooly mammoth molar spacer.
Gentleman's dress sheath knife with dyed and stabilized giraffe bone handle scales and mosaic pins.
The elegant custom sheath is worn on the left side for a "cross draw" by a right handed owner.
Detail of the giraffe bone handle scale.
Opposite side of the giraffe bone scales.
Detail of the texture and color of the giraffe bone and the mosaic pins.
Top view showing the decorative file work on the blade.
Close up of the file work.
A small utility knife made with japanese laminated damascus steel, maccasar ebony handle scales with a copper pin and abalone bolsters.
Pair of 440C kitchen knives with brass liners, dyed and stabilized oak handle scales and a mosaic pin.
Handle and pin detail.
Top view showing the brass handle liners.
A very practical pair of kitchen knives.
440C hunting knife with black walnut handle scales, red liners, dovetailed brass bolsters and mosaic pins.
Close up of the walnut scale and the mosaic pin.
Damascus blade utility knife
Rain-drop pattern Damascus blade.
Dyed, stabilized California Buckeye Burl handle scales and mosaic pins. A beautiful piece of wood!
Opposite side of handle.
A beautiful, but completely functional custom knife!
The color variations and depth of figure in the handle is extraordinary!
Kitchen knife set with Corian handles
Drop-point hunting knife
Stabilized Desert Ironwood handle scales, mosaic pins and stainless steel bolster.
Desert Ironwood is a beautiful and extremely durable handle material.
The versatile drop point design blade is suitable for a varitiety of outdoor tasks.
Asian style kitchen knife set with giraffe bone handles
A single mosaic pin enhances the elegant lines of the handle.