All of blades are hand forged, ground, and sanded. All of the handles are hand shaped and sanded. There are cheaper knives out there, but they aren't as tough and they aren't as pretty.
All of blades start as a bar of raw steel. I usually use steel that is about 3/16" thick and stretch is out from there.
Straightening is the hardest part. It's not just about beating the hell out of some metal. It's doing it in a way that ends up as straight as possible at every step. There are hand tools that help but mostly it takes time and practice.
The initial grind sets the bevels and defines the profile of the blade.
Heat treating is probably the most important step, even a curved blade could be useful if it can hold an edge. But a knife that can never be sharp isn't much of a knife.
This is where the bevels are finished and the edge width is established.
Sitting at the bench and flattening the bevels from any imperfections that came through on the grinder.
One of the really fun parts is picking a handle material and getting it ready for glue up.
2 part epoxy makes a permanent bond. The knife will be sharpened away to a toothpick before the glue fails.
A secret recipe of oils and wax seal the handle to take any abuse that you could dish out.
The final stage is sharpening. This is when all the different materials come together to form a useful and beautiful tool. It's not a real knife till it's sharp. It's a satisfying process and one I enjoy quite a lot.
Every knife I sell is made to be used. I love seeing my knives in the wild and I love hearing from customers that are enjoying them.