There are many options available to customize knives. It is my intent here to provide a majority of those to you, for your consideration while thinking and planning your custom knife. Before going into detail on custom knives I should explain what is included in a base knife production:

Base Knife: 52100 Complex High Carbon Steel blade, Handle material choice of various stabilized woods currently in stock, 3 pins brass or nickel silver 1/8" or 1/4".  Under 6" blade $225, over 6" blade $275.

52100 steel is a complex high carbon steel, it will form a beautiful patina over time and with use, yet has some Chrome in it to reduce staining.

Base Knife: 1084 steel with Lignum Vitae handle, 3 1/4" nickel silver pins.

Base Knife: 1084 steel with Lignum Vitae handle, 3 1/4" nickel silver pins.

Custom Options:                                                                                                                                           

Steel:

      CPM154CM  is a very high end, high carbon stainless steel. It is great for knives, takes and holds a great edge, good edge retention and good toughness. Its ease of maintenance makes it ideal for knives that get dirty and/or wet often. This is an excellent choice of steels for those who are not as consistent at washing knives after use.  This steel adds $50 to small knives and $75 to large knives. 

An example of a Gyuto Chef knife made in CPM154 with 304 stainless steel bolster and Brown stabilized camel bone. 

An example of a Gyuto Chef knife made in CPM154 with 304 stainless steel bolster and Brown stabilized camel bone. 

Two clip point hunting knives in CPM154, both with 304 stainless bolsters, top has a brown stabilized camel bone handle, bottom is blue stabilized coral.

Two clip point hunting knives in CPM154, both with 304 stainless bolsters, top has a brown stabilized camel bone handle, bottom is blue stabilized coral.

A bowie in CPM154 with stainless guard and Stabilized Wildebeest bone handle.

A bowie in CPM154 with stainless guard and Stabilized Wildebeest bone handle.

Hitachi White #1 - I no longer use this steel for custom knives. On occasion, I will make knives for stock from it.

This is the finest steel to come out of Japan. It is very particular while working with it, however, once finished it performs remarkably. Sharpens easier than any steel and holds that edge well. The stock I use is laminated with 410 Stainless Steel so only the cutting edge and about the 1/2" above it will patina.  I have a very small quantity of this steel in stock again. It will add between $175 and $300 to the total price of the knife.

Japanese Hitachi White #1 steel, 1/2" brass bolster, lingum vitae handle, 3 1/8" brass pins

Japanese Hitachi White #1 steel, 1/2" brass bolster, lingum vitae handle, 3 1/8" brass pins

Handle Material:

   I mainly use 2 types of handle material:                                                                                        

Natural woodIs dense or stable enough to not need stabilization. We now topically treat these woods with Birchwood Casey gun stock filler and oil.

 

This is a set of steak knives done with East Asia blackwood. 

This is a set of steak knives done with East Asia blackwood. 

Neck Knife with Cocobolo handle, 2 1/8" forward nickel silver pins and one rear 1/8" mosaic pin.

Neck Knife with Cocobolo handle, 2 1/8" forward nickel silver pins and one rear 1/8" mosaic pin.

Resin Stabilized Materials- Wood, bone, antler etc. that has enough grain space to accept heated and sometimes colored resin. These include maple, Black Ash Burl and other common burls and spalted woods (Pecan), and Camel Bone. I have stabilized woods in stock for my base knives as well as higher end more exotic woods, typically these wood handle cost $50. 

These are, by far, what a majority of our handles are made of.

Here is a base knife with a stabilized Dark Cherry Burl handle.

Here is a base knife with a stabilized Dark Cherry Burl handle.

My newest style paring knife with a stabilized Mesquite handle. This handle was $45.

My newest style paring knife with a stabilized Mesquite handle. This handle was $45.

10" Chef's Knife with Resin Stabilized Black Ash Burl, 1084 steel bolster, 1/4" outer pins and 1/4" mosaic center pin. This handle added $45

10" Chef's Knife with Resin Stabilized Black Ash Burl, 1084 steel bolster, 1/4" outer pins and 1/4" mosaic center pin. This handle added $45

A clip point hunter in Red camel bone. Depending on supply and quality these cost between $15 and $40.

A clip point hunter in Red camel bone. Depending on supply and quality these cost between $15 and $40.

This is exotic dyed Resin Stabilized Camel bone, its cost is $100 per knife. 

Exotic Camel bone with Brass Pommel, 4 1/8" brass pins.

Exotic Camel bone with Brass Pommel, 4 1/8" brass pins.

Bolsters:

There are 3 materials I currently use for bolsters: Wood, horn or bone $65, Brass $75 and Steel (316 Stainless). $125.00

A gyuto with a wood bolster on a wood handle.

A gyuto with a wood bolster on a wood handle.

A french style Chef knife with Water buffalo horn bolster on a Black Ash Burl handle.

A french style Chef knife with Water buffalo horn bolster on a Black Ash Burl handle.

10" Guyoto Kitchen knife with 3/4" brass bolster, 1084 color tempered blade.

10" Guyoto Kitchen knife with 3/4" brass bolster, 1084 color tempered blade.

Adam's Butchering knife, 1084 Steel bolster with 2 3/32" pins, cocobolo handle with 2 1/4" outer pins and 1/4" mosaic center pin.

Adam's Butchering knife, 1084 Steel bolster with 2 3/32" pins, cocobolo handle with 2 1/4" outer pins and 1/4" mosaic center pin.

Interruptions- I use one piece of wood and separate it a piece of another material. In these cases it is olive wood interrupted with reconstituted Malachite.  $125

This is now the only location I will use Malachite or Turquoise reconstituted stones. 

Slicer with Malachite interruption in Olive wood, 4 1/8" brass pins. Color Tempered 1084 steel blade.

Slicer with Malachite interruption in Olive wood, 4 1/8" brass pins. Color Tempered 1084 steel blade.

Mosaic Pins- Available in 1/8" and 1/4" many choices. $15 each.

My newest interruption with the spacer material on either side of the malachite.

My newest interruption with the spacer material on either side of the malachite.