Materials

  • I utilize 440C stainless steel almost exclusively for my knives though I have done some work with ATS-34 and Damascus.
  • I use a variety of handle materials but my personal favorites are stabilized/dyed fancy burled woods (considerably more expensive but worth it on a handmade knife) including California buckeye, maple burl, redwood, black ash, box alder burl and desert ironwood. I also use pakkawood on many of my handles (this material is extremely durable and makes a very attractive handle in almost any color combination you may desire). Most handle materials are hand selected at national knife shows such as the Guild show or the Blade show in Atlanta.
  • I use stainless, nickel silver, and brass for bolsters, guards, and pins (I tend to use a lot more stainless (brass and nickel tend to tarnish with time and require polishing) even though it is harder to finish)
  • For my sheaths I utilize 9-10 ounce vegetable tanned leather