Knives with a blade between 3" and 7" in length. Mostly I make forged finished knives as I believe this to be the most durable and sensible surface finish for a working knife; it also shows every one of my last hammer blows and is a reflection of my skill as a bladeSMITH.
Just because I prefer a forged finish, that doesn't mean that I can't grind and polish a blade! Some of the knives below could be fitted into the Utility or the Large catagories, but they are here because they have finely finished and etched blades, damascus blades or are somehow more ostentatious than they need to be to do the job.
Any damasus (properly known as 'pattern welded steel' or mokume that I use is made by me in the fiery forge.
I prefer to use and therfore make small knives, but every now and then I have the urge (or a customer does) to make something really big! I've no interest in making swords, partly because they are not very useful in real life, but a large blade does have its place. To qualify in this catagory the knife must have a blade of over 8" (not big in America, but in the UK that is a large blade!).
From the Iron Age Forge
All of these knives/tools have one thing in common: they were all made during weekend courses using my 'primitive' forges (the forges are based on those found during the Iron Age and the Roman/Saxon periods in the UK). The only tools used in the making of thse tools (blades, handles and sheathes) are hand tools that have direct relatives found archaeologically in this country as far back as the Iron Age.
So for those fans of 'Unplugged' or 'Neo Tribal' bladesmithing, these are perfect. All forged from spring steel and heat treated at the forge!
These knives are some of those that I have made specifically for the house and home, well the kitchen anyway. I have come to prefer a forged finish for my own kitchen knives recently. This is because although they are still carbon steel and will rust, the forged surface resists corrosion and patination better than a polished surface. Also, the irregular surface texture prevents wet vegetables (such as potatoes) from sticking to the blade when slicing.
Fixed blade knives that have blades less than 3" in length. Some are simple craft knives (known as Kiridashi after the Japanese), some are pocket sized 'natty' blades and some are full-on knives but in minature. For a bit of fun I like to make miniature knives (and other tools); they are the same materials as my full sized versions but none of them are over 3" in total length!
Since all we can carry in public in the UK (without a good reason in the eyes of the law) is a folding knife that does not lock open and has less than 3" of cutting edge, that is the only sort of folder I make. I don't make many, but I shall be increasing that number over the coming months.
The knives below are all legal to carry anywhere in the UK except around airports and schools (though there are exceptions to this). If you are in any doubt about the legal issues surrounding the purchase or carrying of knives then the key piece of legislation concerning Knife Law is here. The part you need to read is Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. If you have any other questions then just ask!
OK, not exactly knives, but these axes are made to my normal 'knife grade' standard so are collectors items in their own right. I also make 'tool grade' axes, which are a little cheaper to buy on account of them being more rough and ready, but the quality is no different.
Here is a selection of some of the axes that I have been making recently.
Although I specialise in making knives ina traditional manner and prefer to use natural mterials for that truely ageless look, I also like to play with strange modern materials. The knives below are therefore the result of a strange fusion of traditional styles with ultra modern and high-tech materials. These modern materials can be as commonplace as Kydex sheaths and my own micarta, or as modern as so-called 'smart materials' Smart materials include thermochromic laminates and pigments, polychromic nanoflakes, fibre optics and glow in the dark Tritium filled locators.
I've put a random selection of this type of knife here, most of them will also appear elsewhere on this page amongst other knives in the appropriate style. I've got a lot of interesting fusion knives in the works, it's just getting around to making them! If you have an idea for a good combo, please let me know
This page was last updated on: September 22, 2014
As I have been making knives full time for over 10 years now, below is merely a selection of my previous work. Since every knife that I make is a unique piece, this is a sample of styles rather than a catalogue of models available. I can, however, make a knife based on a previous piece of course.