Most of the knives I make are stainless steel, semi-custom and custom chefs knives that are designed for everyday use. Why stainless steel? For kitchen knives, it is simply a better solution than carbon steel. The stainless steels available today outperform most carbon steels in toughness, corrosion resistance, and yes – sharpness. Stainless blades may not be as “Artsy” as some of the carbon steel blades, but for functionality – they can’t be beat.
I can and still do make knives in W2, 52100, and CPM-M4 for those that prefer a carbon chefs steel knife. For those that prefer hand forged, I can do that as well.
I don’t normally do mirror polished stuff, just don’t believe it is needed or preferred for a working blade. It adds a lot of time for production, costs more money for the client, and is usually scuffed up within a week when used in a professional kitchen.
For my stainless steel culinary knives, I offer two different series. The first is the “Basic Series”. They are made from AEB-L or 440C. Both excellent steels that outperform almost any factory knife. The steels are easy to work, make great blades, and allows me to offer them at competitive price point.
The other is the “Pro Series”. These knives use the absolute best in stainless knife steels and are designed for use by professional chef’s or those that want a top of the line chefs knife. I use CPM-35VN, CPM-45VN, and CMP154 powder technology steels that allow me to make super tough blades in the HRC 61+ range. You won’t find a finer, high performance knife steel anywhere! Pro Series knives have more attention to detail and much of the finish work is done by hand.
The other part of my business is the “Art Series Knives”. These knives are usually carbon steel; W2, 52100, Damascus, and CPM-M4. I am also working on offering Stainless Damascus. Art Series knives are available for both the kitchen and the field. I do customs in this series as well, but also like to play a bit when I have time.
I build knives in cycles, working on 10 to 15 knives per cycle. Cycles usually take about 2 months. At this point, I am running around 4 to 6 months in backlog. So most knives are delivered in 6 to 8 months. I have been known to squeeze one in for a special occasion but it has to be the right timing for the current cycle.
If I don’t have enough custom orders, I fill out the cycle with a few ready made knives. Fortunately – I generally have enough custom orders. Unfortunately – that means that I don’t get to make a lot of ready made knives or play when I want to.
Orders can be placed using the online order forms. Custom orders must be paid at the time of order as I need to order material months in advance now. Covid has dried up a lot of the knife steel in this country so I am trying to order as fast as I can to prevent delays.
After your order is placed I will contact you and go over you order with you. I will keep you up to date with the progress of your order as things proceed.
I make every knife myself, by hand so it is not a fast process. Please bear with me and I will make sure you get a great knife as fast as I can. Most orders take 6 to 8 months, sometimes faster depending on the backlog.