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W.C. Davis

The Knife Maker W.C. Davis, who unfortunately passed away in 2015 at the age of 71 years, was known mainly for his extraordinary Drop-Point Pocketknives.

Juniper Wood

Juniper wood is used to make handle scales. Juniper wood has a yellow-brown color and a delicate, yet highly contrasting pattern. It is sturdy and tough but still easy to process.

Wally Hayes

The Canadian Wally Hayes and his interpretations of Japanese blades enjoy cult status among collectors. He is a master Bladesmith of the American Bladesmith Society (ABS).

Heat Treatment

Heat treatment is the name of several different methods of altering the physical properties of an object or material. The right heat treatment can improve the properties of lower-grade steel.


Serration is the name of the wavy grind of a knife blade used for several types of kitchen knives and some survival knives. Some blades have a fully serrated edge along the entire length of the...


Wharncliffe is the name of a blade with an exceptional shape often called an "inverted regular blade". Wharncliffe blades are relatively short, exceptionally thick and very sturdy.

Wilfried Gorski

Wilfried Gorski from Solingen, qualified engraver and industrial designer, was led by an article about handmade knives in the USA to build knives.

Desert Ironwood

Desert ironwood is a type of fine wood used to make handle scales. Desert ironwood is indigenous to the southwestern United States and the very northwest of Mexico, especially in the Sonora desert.