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.

Dustin Driver of Driver Defense Knives enjoys the look of a fuller, especially when it ends in a bevel.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Dustin Driver

Dustin Driver of Guntersville, Alabama served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2010. He was a communications expert, deploying to Iraq, 2005-2006, and Kuwait, 2007-2009. He uses that training and experience in his current job as a system and network administrator for a government contractor. In October 2015 he was...

The Recurve Patella uses Voodoo Resin scales in Honeycomb Red.

Dropout Knifemaker Is A Master Of Marketing

Brent Vaccaro of Black Widow Knifeworks & Tactical Gear attended high school in New Jersey where he was born and raised. He excelled in woodworking, banging out projects that those two years ahead of him struggled through. His teacher helped him, Brent said, but perhaps most by giving him the freedom...

Woman Carries Knife Made With Her Rib

Kelly Pilcher of Collinsville, Texas, was 20 years old when doctors told her that hope of regaining feeling in her right side lay in having her first rib removed. She put the surgery off for as long as she could, but at 22 opted to go under the knife to alleviate...

Pete Sloan got a helping hand from his daughter Erin when he made neckers for Spencer Aplin's wife and son.

Maker Uses Daughter’s Hand To Perfect Mini Knife

“One thing that Spencer is very good at is knowing what I’d like,” Lisa Johnson Aplin said. Lisa is the co-founder and chief operating officer of STA Custom Knives out of Brazoria, Texas. She and knifemaker Spencer Aplin were married in 1993, and together they have a son Alexx who will...

27 Star-Spangled, Flag-Waving Knives That Cut Great

You need a knife. Everyone needs a knife. You know those plastic zip ties that you can’t get the scissor blade under that are lashing down the new grill spatula? Yeah, those. You need a knife for that. You know how it aggravates your sense of order when you’re forced to...

Todd Stracener made this Thai-inspired kitchen knife to be as beautiful as it is functional.

20 Custom Knives Moms Want For Mother’s Day

Has a card, flowers and brunch become the routine for Mother’s Day? Maybe you’ve tried getting creative with gift-giving but it wasn’t well received, so you’re sticking with what works. Dull! Where’s your sense of adventure? What about giving the mothers in your life something sharp and pretty? Just like her! Let’s look at 20...

Roman Kislitsyn makes Sami-style knives.

Maker Continues Laplander Culture with Sami Knives

Roman Kislitsyn grew up in Apatity in the Murmansk region of northwestern Russia. Close to Norway, parts of the area also include the lands of the Sami people (in the past referred to as Lapps or Laplanders) which traverse the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the northern and coastal regions of...