Hello and thanks for checking out CJ Knives. My name is Chris James. I was born and raised in Franklin County in NW Alabama, where I still reside today.

I’ve had a love of knives since I was a kid.  From scraping up money to buy a little cheap pocket knife to taking apart and repairing old pocket knives with broken blades. I even tried to make a folding knife one time out of wood. Knives have been a big part of my life since I was a kid.

I really got started making knives late in 2015 when, while cleaning out my garage, I picked up a used sawzall blade to throw it away. Just before I dropped it in the trash, the thought occurred to me that I might be able to make a knife from it.

Fast forward to today and I’m still making knives although I’m not using sawzall blades anymore! Now I prefer high carbon tool steel.

A few things about my knives:

1. All of my knives are handmade and are therefore one of a kind!

2. My blades are typically made either from 1095 or 1084 high carbon steel – known for its strength and ability to take and hold a razor sharp edge.

3. I differentially hardened and edge quench every knife blade. This means that the cutting edge is harder to help maintain its sharpness and the spine is softer and more flexible to resist breaking.

4. My handles are typically made from natural as materials such wood, antler and stacked leather. These natural materials are unique and therefore add to the overall unique appearance of each knife.

In order to keep the knives in good condition, and to give you many years of enjoyable use, I recommend some common sense basic care and maintenance: 

1. Although my knives are built to be very tough and rugged, you should never put the knife away wet, throw it, use as a prybar or hammer. These things can severely damage or destroy the blade!

2. When needed, simply wipe the knife off with a cloth (or damp cloth) and then wipe it down with a little oil.

3. If you are going to store your knife for an extended period of time, do not store it in the sheath. Moisture trapped in the sheath as well as the acids in the leather may cause some surface rust.

4. Some mild surface rust is normal, but fine grit sandpaper should take it right off.

5. As the knife is used, the blade may discolor some. This is completely natural and is called patina and adds to the unique appearance of the knife!

If you see anything you like, please feel free to contact me.

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