Damascus San Mai Slicer with Synthetic Ivory, Copper Bolsters/Pins, and Red Liner

Damascus San Mai Slicer with Synthetic Ivory, Copper Bolsters/Pins, and Red Liner

Custom Knives

Why Order a Custom Knife?

I prefer to make custom knives for kitchen professionals and home cooks based on their personal needs and style. I realize that not everyone holds a knife like I do, nor do they have the same shape of hand. Therefore, it’s important that each custom knife be a creation between me and the owner. If you’re interested in ordering a custom knife, here are some things to consider before contacting me:

Size and Shape

While a large chef knife always looks impressive, I think they're too much knife for most people. Often, a medium utility knife is more useful. Functionality is key and I’m happy to discuss what might be best for your needs. I prefer thin blades for precision cutting but can also make thicker, bone-cutting blades like cleavers. 

Blades and Handles

Once you decide on the size and shape of the blade, then you'll need to choose the type of steel, the material for the handle, and any additional aesthetic elements like bolsters, pins, and liners.

I use a variety of types of steel. Simple carbon knives are much sharper, but they require frequent maintenance and the steel will oxidize. It depends how much time you want to spend caring for the knife. I prefer to use natural materials for the handles like California redwood, buckeye burl, maple, desert ironwood, and spalted pecan.