My knives are not mass produced. I hand make each and every knife and sheath, which means that they are limited in quantity and availability.
My name is Chris James. I was born and raised in Franklin County, NW Alabama, where I still reside today.
I have loved knives and they have been a big part of my life since childhood. I remember, as a kid, scraping up money to buy a little cheap pocket knife and taking apart old pocket knives to repair broken blades. I even tried to make a folding knife entirely out of wood one time.
Growing up, knives were in constant use and were always one of the most important tools that we always had on-hand. From spending time on both grandparent’s farms, to our own small farm, to hunting, fishing, camping, trapping and everything else we did outdoors, knives were a part of my daily life. I was blessed with grandfathers and a father who taught me a lot about tools, proper care and maintenance of them.
However, it wasn’t until late 2015 when I really started making knives. One day, 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.
Unique, one-of-a-kind, classic styled, handmade knives that you’ll be happy to pass to future generations!
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 harden 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 materials such as 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. You can also use a “rust eraser” to take it 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!