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Made from Damasteel stainless damascus and wearing a cocobolo rosewood handle with a emu leather sheath. And this isn’t just any old bit of rosewood either, this is a piece I’ve been saving for over a decade, waiting on inspiration. It’s the hard, waxy, dense cocobolo that is almost impossible to get now. Comes with a handmade presentation box.
Price = $850Aust plus P&P
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If you’re after something for Mother’s Day, consider this; a charcuterie / cheese / pate knife made from RWL34 stainless. The handle has a bolster of cocobolo rosewood and a main of Brazilian Kingwood. The small shim between them is fine silver. The knife comes with a blade protector of emu toe leather and a presentation box.
Price = $650 plus P&P
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A utility / hunter made from one of The World’s premium, high-tech stainless steels, Bohler M390. The handle is black and blue laminated G10 and the bolster is custom made carbon fiber with highlights of metal thread. Details include a thumb rest, file work on the spine with chamfering along the edges, textured ricasso, distal taper. The handmade sheath has been dyed to compliment the handle colours.
This is all about premium materials
Price is $700Aust plus P&P
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A light and nimble cooks made from CPMS35VN stainless with a handle of black and white C-Tek and carbon fiber bolster with custom metalic thread. The blade is 16cm long, over all length is 29cm. The knife has a small amount of file work on the spine and a subtle chamfer on the nose
This is all about premium materials
Price is $750Aust plus P&P
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This is a kitchen utility, a vege knife come lighter cleaver, come chopper. Made from stonewashed 52100 carbon steel so it will patina with age and use. The handle is New Guinea striped ebony. The spine has been textured and chipped. The overall effect is supposed to be a little on the rustic side of the equation. The knife is presented in a ‘burnt’ and oiled box.
Price = $600 plus P&P
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A large art deco kitchen cleaver made from 5mm thick 440C stainless, with a handle of New Guinea striped ebony. I only make one of these every few years and when I do it’s different from the last. I’ve endeavored to keep this one looking ‘rustic’ to some extent. Overall length is 39cm and being thick steel, it presents with a good heft that will make every swing count. If you’re after a fancy chicken chopper, this is the one.
Price = $700Aust plus P&P
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A fish filleter made from 2.5mm thick M390 stainless. M390 is one of the toughest steels on the custom market and holds a long lasting edge. This knife was heat treated to RC=60. The handle is made from some of my very last stocks of genuine Dymondwood with a bolster of micarta.
The sheath is made from high grade leather and has been treated inside and out. It features an ‘urban cammo’ dye pattern and a bit of hand tooling.
Overall length of knife is 30cm, blade length is 16cm
Price = $600 plus P&P
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A camp knife made from 5mm thick stonewashed RWL34 wearing handle scales made from rock-hard and rare Mackay ironwood. Green liners. The first photo is under natural light, the second with the ceiling lights turned on. The design has a flat top spine for whacking. a strongly supported tip, a full handle and thumb rest. It’s not too big and it’s not too small. This knife comes with a fire lighting kit, comprised of a ferromag rod and high speed steel striker with flame oak handles, (of course!).
Blade length is 13cm, Handle length is 13cm, Overall length is 26.5cm
Price is $695Aust plus P&P
A utility made from acid washed and acid textured 52100 carbon steel. It features a tapered tang, hand filing on the spine and a textured ricasso. The handle is rib fruited mallee and the sheath is water buffalo hide.
Blade length is 14cm
Overall length is 27cm
Price is $490Aust plus P&P
Another work in progress looking for a home. This is a heavy duty camp / bushcraft knife made from stone washed 52100 carbon steel with mulga handle. The lanyard bead is made from the same piece of mulga. Overall length is 28cm
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A heavy duty camp knife made from 6mm Sup9 steel, wearing a handle of New Guinea striped ebony. Blade length is 145mm, overall is 290mm. This knife features a palm swell, a thumb rest, a flat spine for thumping and a very solid pyramidal tip that could be jabbed into anything. The package includes a handmade leather sheath and a fire kit comprising a ferromag rod and high speed steel striker. These have handles made from Brazilian bloodwood.
Price = $695 plus P&P
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Works in progress. In these ‘toilet paper’ times what do you need more than a heavy duty bush craft, camp knife. I’ve got four on the way. All are made from 5.5mm SUP-9 carbon steel which is renowned for shock absorption and wear resistance. Three have had their blades hot dip caustic treated for an interesting, cloudy crimson colour, one has been acid etched. Each has a tapered tang that has been drilled out for weight savings and each has a hard wearing handle material . I haven’t done the leather work for this knife as yet so consider this a preliminary photo. If you’re interested drop me an email or phone..
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A good sized chisel ground carving knife come sushi knife made from polished RWL34 stainless. The blade features a decorative cut near the handle and engraved patterns on both sides fading away about half way along the blade.
The handle is made from Camatillo, a rare rosewood from Mexico that is a kissing cousin to Cocobolo.
Price = $750Aust plus P&P
This knife is made from Damasteel’s RWL34 stainless. The brass bolster is hand engraved (by Garry Mitton) and the handle is a fantastic example of quilted sapele. This timber is now listed by CITIES so I can’t get any more.
The knife stands on a custom plinth made of fiddleback, dryland river redgum and handcut, polished perspex. The whole sits on clear, soft feet.
The package also includes a wooden sheath made from paquea amarillo that has been lined with burgundy flocking (felt)
Price = $950 Aust, plus post
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A BBQ meat knife made from RWL34 stainless with a contoured bocote handle. The blade is 20cm, overall is 34cm. The knife features a good grip including thumb rest and palm swell. There’s also a small, polished false edge (unsharpened). If you’re a keen BBQ person and want to cut the joint in style then this is your knife. Comes with a presentation box.
Price = $650Aust plus post
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A heavy duty camp knife made from 6mm thick SUP9 steel, with a handle of very hard bauhinia wood. The lanyard bead is bubinga burl. This knife comes packaged with a camp fire lighting kit, being a ferro rod and high speed steel striker wearing wild olive wood handles. Overall knife length is 29cm.
Price = $695Aust plus P&P
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A paring knife made from stonewashed RWL34, hardened to RC=60 with cryo. The handle is Brazilian kingwood, one of the genuine rosewoods. I still have a small stock of this and some other rosewoods left from purchases made before they were listed by CITIES. The genuine rosewoods are intrinsically oily and therefore make good kitchen knife handles.
Price = $300Aust which includes P&P within Australia.
This is a full sized cleaver packing some useful weight. It’s made from acid washed 52100 carbon steel and features a textured spine. The profile is an extended ‘grape seed’ in cross section which has the benefit of bringing solid support to the cutting edge. The handle is made from genuine Dymondwood, some of my last supplies in house.
Price is $520Aust which includes P&P within Australia.
I’ve had a bit of fun making some leather belt and matching knife sheath packages lately so have started making some stand alone belts. I use 3.5mm thick saddle leather, same as the knife sheaths. They are fully tooled, multy-dyed and sealed front and back with the same care and materials I use for sheaths. The buckle and keeper are sewn into place, so they’re not going anywhere. This particular belt is my favourite design so far. 1.35m long and 3.5cm wide. (Note, I can punch belt holes at any length.)
Price = $200Aust which includes P&P within Australia. Overseas on request. Ref image 16
This belt is 1.15m long and 3.5cm wide.
Price = $200Aust which includes P&P within Australia. Overseas on request. Ref image 21
Here’s a large hunting knife made from acid etched (gives it the grey patina) and stonewashed 52100 carbon steel. This is a sharp edged hunting knife for those folk who like them big, or it would be just as good cutting steaks from a lump of rump. Blade length is 19cm, overall is 32cm. (One thing it is not is a heavy duty camp cleaver for axing wood.)
The handle is scalloped G10, left rough for better grip in wet, muddy or gloved conditions. The green of the handle is mirrored by the colours of the fully tooled sheath and also comes with a matching belt, making for a complete package. The belt is also made from the same saddle leather and given the same care as the sheath, so should last a lifetime.
Price = $790Aust plus P&P. Ref image 15
I originally planned and built this project as an Art Deco carving knife, kind of falling into that style where Deco morphs into Modernism. Either way, we’re talking simple, chiselled lines. However recently it was pointed out to me that it would also make a fabulous wedding cake knife. Of course it could go back to being a carving knife when life settles down after the festivities.
The blade is made from polished RWL34. It comes with some spine work, a textured ricasso and a fully tooled leather sheath, (referencing the crater pattern handle material), as highlights. The handle is high impact, hard wearing resin.
Blade length is 24cm, overall is 40cm, so it presents a commanding aspect.
Price = $995Aust, which includes P&P within Aust. Overseas post on request. Ref image 10
a handy sized utility made from 52100 carbon steel that has been cerekoted in black. The handle is black and white laminated G10.
The blade features a good sized curve from a sharp point into a slightly recessed belly. The handle is shaped for comfort. The front half of the spine has been chipped. The sheath is black on black on black.
Price $470Aust which includes P&P within Aust. Overseas post on request.
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KNIFE PRICING, some general comments;
When commissioning a custom made knife there are a number of factors that will affect the price. Here’s some general guidelines.
1)The steel. I don’t use cheap steels. You’ve come to me because you like the high-end look I give my knives. This only comes from working with premium materials. And I mean premium, RWL 34, CPMS35VN and Damasteel are among the best steels in the world. Sure they are expensive products to buy, two to four times the price of some other knife steels, but they’re worth it.
2)The handle material. Just talking wood here, I’ve gone to a lot of trouble searching out the very best examples of handle woods. Sometimes its taken years to get a sample with the figure and colour I wanted, and often I’ve never seen the like again. For example, the quilted sapele and Peruvian flamewood. I haven’t seen similar for sale in the last five years. These are not ordinary bits of wood, they are often unique.
3)The finish. I finish all my knives to a high spec. This means hours of detailed hand held work. Polishing the blades down to a mirror finish is a seemingly endless task. There’s a big difference between brushed and mirror finish, around a whole days work on a hunting sized knife. Similarly, for the handle wood, it may take twenty applications of finisher over two weeks, each sanded down before the wood is as I want it. All my sheaths are given the same attention to detail as the knife. They are not simply a slip on after thought, they are part of the colour scheme and general package. They even smell good.
4)The size of the knife is very important if talking mirror finish. It takes ages to hand polish a large knife, there’s no way around that.
5)Bling. If you want fancy pins, damascus steel, my most rare woods, etching, engraving or exotic skin inlays in the sheath, they will affect the price.
6)Post, not really a factor. It costs $20 for a registered parcel (plus materials) with tracking number anywhere in Australia. If your item won’t fit into a post bag and requires a box or special packaging, I just pass on the Aust Post cost, there’s nothing in it for me. If you choose postal insurance its also at cost.
7)Design. If your knife requires some special artwork, eg for etching, it may take me hours to draft up something appropriate. While I try to make every knife unique, there are some designs that are so popular I can repeat the template. However, there are others that are very specific to the clients needs. These usually entail a lot of design work, many email exchanges with the client, even some trial prototypes.
Some other general comments.
1)Deposits. I don’t take deposits unless the item is so unusual I doubt there is another market for it outside the commission. Alternatively, the item may involve some very expensive materials.
2)Payment. I expect payment in full prior to delivery. Please don’t ask for terms because I will say no. My role is to buy the materials and then spend many hours making the knife, so I don’t think its too much to expect you to honour your part of the bargain and have the money ready. A commission normally takes a few months to deliver, so there is plenty of time for you to save the necessary funds.
3)How to pay. If possible, I prefer direct transfer or PayPal. If you wish to pay by cheque, money order etc,please understand that I won’t ship the knife until the funds have cleared into my bank account.
WHAT WILL YOU GET;.. that would be the custom-made experience! This means you’ll be dealing with me personally. I’ll find out from you what it is you are after, we’ll discuss how to achieve this goal, and I’m happy to answer any of your questions to the best of my ability. Depending on your experience with knives I might guide you in the right direction, if you’re a well seasoned user, we pool our knowledge. Its a personalised process that results in something unique and specifically tailored to your needs. And once the knife is in your hand, you know the buck stops with me. Also, I will be here to help with any questions you might have about your knife down the track.
Ok, lets get to the bit you’ve been wanting to know, how much will a knife cost?
Most of the time I ask the client a number of questions re style, use, shape, size, sheathing and materials. I will then email a quote. I won’t proceed with the knife until the quote has been accepted, via email is good.
These following prices are just a general guide, (assuming RWL34 plus a leather sheath), and may not be indicative of your commission. Currency is Australian dollars.
Most hunter style knives are in the $550 to $750 area, which includes a sheath.
Smaller knives are around $450 including sheath
Large knives are $750 up.