Custom Knives

In the literal sense, custom knives are those that have been custom ordered by people with specific materials, blade steels and/or knife styles in mind. In the non-literal sense, the term “custom knife” is often used to refer to a handmade knife rather than a factory or production piece, one that does not come off high-production (hundreds or thousands of knives) presses or assembly lines, but is frequently a one-of-a-kind or limited edition, a knife built in a maker’s shop or operation, and whether forged or made using the stock-removal method of blade making, usually ground, sharpened, finished and assembled by hand.

Paddy Smyth of Smyth Knives feels at peace when working in his knifemaking workshop.

Irishman uses fossilized bog oak for knife handles

Irishman Paddy Smyth of Smyth Knives in County Roscommon, Ireland, sells 90 percent of his knives through his website to customers in the USA. The other 10 percent are purchased through The Quiet Cailin Studios in Cong, County Mayo, where “The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, was filmed. Some even incorporate...

Stefan Neil Palmer made this knife to raise funds in memory of Dustin Chamberlain.

A Knife Completes A Circle of Grieving

While at his parents’ Siloam Springs, Arkansas, home for Christmas break 2011, 20-year-old Dustin Chamberlain was shot dead by an intruder. Nearly five years later, knifemaker and racecar driver Stefan Neil Palmer was asked by his racing mentor if he would make a knife to auction off to raise money for Dustin’s Dream, the...

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Blade Junkee supplies fix for knife addicts

Addicts: It takes one to know one, as the saying goes. It’s no different with knife junkies. Robert Scott Wolfrom, who goes by Scott, is the driving force behind Blade Junkee, a California-based custom and midtech knife purveyor. He’s a blade junkie himself, so he knows exactly how to feed the addiction in others. Knife junkies...

Shane Barefoot used a san-mai construction method to forge the blade on this knife.

Shane Barefoot Makes Knife from World Trade Center Wreckage

Shane Barefoot of Barefoot Custom Knives is always seeking out ways to craft something unique, something “100-percent Shane,” as he puts it. It was a simple Google search that lead him to a piece of angle iron from the World Trade Center. In the normal course of business trading, the scrap metal from the...