I just wanted to take a few minuets and talk about some of the technical details
about how I make my knives.
I go about my knives in a couple different ways. I make both Custom and
Handmade knives. This is how I define both terms.
Custom knives are basically individually made for one person. Even if I am
working on 3 or 4 at a time, since the details are different they are all
individuals and I treat them as such. This way of working is what most makers
do and it's where I am most familiar.
Do to the over whelming response that I have received in the last few years of
my custom knives I have also begun making batches of Handmade knives.
These are the project knives you see on this site. The biggest difference is
that the project knives take are a group of knives rather than individuals. In
order to try to meet some of the demand for my work I design a knife and plan
it out and batch as much of the work together as possible, and limit the options
available. This allows me to focus on the work of the project and not
organizing the details. Just that allow the knives to be made much more
The most important part of any endeavor is honesty. Some may disagree with
my definitions above and that is fine. If you ever want to know how something
was made, ask and I will tell you. No secrets and no lies.
To me is all comes down to this one definition - a handmade knife has a hand
ground blade, that will never change. To me the hand grinding of blades is the
definition of a handmade or custom knife.
Everyone has an opinion of what handmade means, what sole authorship
means. That is fine with me, I would rather someone didn’t buy one of my
knives than to sell a knife under false pretences. Honesty is the most
important thing here in my eyes. You can decide for yourself how much these
If you truly want to create something from scratch, you must first create the
entire universe. Everything comes from somewhere and every craftsman starts
I am licenced to use the "Spyderco Hole" opening method. Spyderco Inc. has
done a lot for the knife world and I commend them for the willingness to share
their intellectual property.
I am licensed to use the IKBS Ikoma Korth Bearing System. This system
allows the Balisong pivot to be tightened to remove virtually all blade play in
the handles and still allow smooth and free travel of the blade though the full
range of motion. It is a fantastic system and I am glad the makers in Brazil
have been so open in sharing their methods. I’ll probably try this out in
standard folders later on, but for now I’m only using it on Balisongs.
Above is where my things come from and what I start with. If
your still reading, I thank you for reading and indulging me as I ramble on.
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