The products shown under the knives pages are bespoke custom orders that I have made in the past. These designs though are repeatable, if when browsing through the gallery page you see something that really catches your eye you will need to contact me for prices and time frames involved in making that particular knife for you. Type of knife, blade size, blade steel construction, stone pocket, fire steel and handle material will all have to be discussed with you about your custom commission and of course will effect the final price of your knife. Please note I no longer finish the blade flats of my knives to a mirror polish. This is due to the time taken to finish a blade to this degree and I personally feel that a mirror polish isn't practical for a working knife.
All the knives I make are handmade, bespoke custom designs, made to order. You may see a pattern or style of knife you are interested in, or you may have a specific design of your own that you would like to discuss with me. Please email me with your specific design requirements and general details of your knife and it would be a pleasure for me to create that special knife for you.
Once we have finalised your order, all design spec's, blade steel, handle design, handle material, sheath design, colour etc and I have given you a price for your commission which will include special delivery postage to a UK address and you are agreeable with this. I will then enter your commission into my order book. I work through my orders on a first come first served basis and you would currently be looking at around twelve months waiting time. However if times frames or orders change I will contact you.
I do not take deposits for any commissions. When I am ready to start your order I will contact you by email and give you a heads up. If for any reason you do not wish to carry on with your commission I would greatly appreciate you telling me at this point. Once your project is complete I will contact you and give you my BACS details, I will then ask you for full payment on your commission. Once I have received full payment I will post your order to you by Royal Mail special delivery.
When or if your blade requires sharpening you can return it to me covering two way shipping costs and I will sharpen your blade at no extra charge to you.
Custom Knife Illustrations and Descriptions
Since nearly all my knives are represented via this website, please consider the following points.
Photographic lighting and display:
I use a very well-made digital camera to photograph the knives, but there are differences in displays and colour monitors that may contribute to a slightly different colour balance, resolution, contrast, and appearance on each monitor.
Knife materials can look different in various lighting situations. For example, knives viewed under florescent lighting may look much different than when viewed in direct sunlight or tungsten-2 based room lighting. Monitors can vary significantly, and monitor lighting balance, contrast, density, and colour temperature can be set and changed by different users even on the same monitor. Therefore, I can not guarantee that the colours will exactly match what you see on your monitor.
I'll do my best to use the materials you've requested in your custom knife order. Not all materials requested can be used for each project, but we would have discussed this up front and would have finalised all design spec's in our email conversations.
I'll do my best to finish and apply the texture you've requested on your knife. Not all textures and finishes will apply, and this is handled on an individual basis. You will always be informed of any changes necessary on your project, and the reasons for those changes. I do my best to describe the texture of metals and organics used in knife, sheath, and stand construction. Since this is subjective, the photographic illustrations should be considered as well as the descriptions.
Balance and Feel:
Though these properties are subjective, I offer my interpretations based on experience in making and handling knives for five decades to describe knife and sheath balance and feel. If a knife feels light and comfortable to me, it may not feel so to someone else with smaller hands. I do my best to describe each knife, but my interpretations may be different than yours as no two people are exactly alike. Again, the photographs, measurements, and specifications must also be considered with the description. Since balance and feel is subjective and the knife design will have already been agreed upon, it is not a reason to accept a return or cancellation of your order.
Weight and Size:
Unlike balance, feel, and texture, weight and sizes are absolute, you would though for example be very surprised at how light and fast a ten inch Bowie will feel in your hand and a picture is not capable of conveying this. If you have any changes or variations of an existing pattern, we will have discussed this and clarified it in the email discussion about your project before I begin. There should be no confusion about how big a handle is, for instance, as the length of the blade and the overall length are measured and posted on every knife. Just subtract one from the other, and you'll know exactly how big the handle is. The blade length is from the tip of the blade to the front bolster face, as that is the specification required by legal definition here in the UK. Some knives that have bolsters or guards that extend beyond the cutting edge into the blade are not measured this way; they are measured at the cutting edge. The overall length is the longest dimension of the knife. The thickness is measured in the thickest part of the blade spine, usually just in front of the bolster or in the ricasso area. Weights are measured with an accurate postal scale.
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