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All of the knives I make are what I consider 'utility knives', meaning
they are to be used and not to show. To me a knife is a tool like a
gun, and it is of no use to anyone hanging on the wall. I always
figured maybe 100 years from now someone can hang one up and
look at it, if it isn't used up by then!
Now I usually make most of my knives from D2 tool steel and a few in ATS-34 or Damascus. All of my
knives are hand ground by me and I do mostly flat grinding, but once in a while hollow grinds. I have my
blades professionally tempered by a company that specializes in it and hardening steel, so I am most
confident they are uniform and the best when it comes to temper and edge holding capabilities. They
are usually hardened to a 59-61 Rockwell hardness thus giving a superior edge to most but are
reasonably easy to sharpen. Some of the knives are antiqued looking, case colored, bead blasted for a
soft non-glare silver look, or left with the tempering streaks and colors they acheive when tempered. All
of my knives are honed to a razors edge, as if it will not shave you, it is simply not sharp! All of my knives
have been in my personal hands for hours upon hours to give it that special look I desire, and because
of that a little piece of me is in every one of them. That makes it VERY hard for me to let them go to the
new owner when the time comes!
I make all of my guards, handles, and bolsters myself and use various materials such as brass, German
silver, Stainless Steel, exotic woods, micarta, and different horns and antlers. Each knife is individual
and unique in its own way, as I never make two alike.
I also make all of my sheaths. Most are made from quality saddle leather and are usually made of 8 or 9
oz weight. My favorite sheath is a form fitted pouch type with 2/3's of the handle covered. All are hand
cut and wet form fitted and hand stitched by me with artificial wax sinew. At times I make a small metal
guard and fit them inside the sheath to insure the tip does not slice the sheath. These guards are
completely hidden and you wouldn't know it was even there unless I told you. As the sheath is drying, I
hand work it to get the best fit for the handle. Then they are treated with an oil and wax conditioning
solution that I make myself. This makes them water resistant and they will last years upon use. I have
several sheaths that I made back in the seventies, and the leather is still strong, good, and pliable.
Most of the knives I make are for gifts, but I do have a few for sale now and then.