What Makes A Great Custom Knife?
- Attention To Detail
Everyday knives don’t have a lot of detail in many cases. A custom knife stands out as a thing of function and beauty. This means seams should not be seen, and handles should be constructed with fine materials.
- Made By Hand
A truly high-quality custom knife will be handmade by an artisan or possibly a team of artisans. A handmade knife means the person creating it has taken their time to make sure it is as beautiful and functional as possible.
- High-Quality Metal
It doesn’t matter what type of metal you want your knife to be made from, but it should always be of the highest quality. Higher grade metals will last longer, stay sharper, and resist rust.
- Tight Handle
The handle of a knife should have no wobbles or other defects. A tight handle provides strength and stability.
A custom knife should come from the shop razor sharp unless the customer requests something different.
- Full Tang
A full tang means the metal is not just attached to the handle but runs through the handle. This is the strongest way to make a knife and will help ensure years of reliable service.
- Overall Beauty
A custom knife should be an object of great beauty in the eyes of the artisan knife maker and the customer. A stunning handle made of stag or mother of pearl and accented with different metals for the handguard, for example, would not be your average commercially produced knife.
- Produced By Skilled Knife Maker
Learning to make a great knife takes time. Bob Loveless knives, for example, command a high price because of the extreme amount of skill and quality he has developed over the years.
- Classic Styles With A Twist
A custom Bowie knife might be just what you are looking for, but that still leaves a lot of options. How about a Bowie knife with a creative design on the blade or a custom size to fit your hand?
- Seamless Style And Function
A great custom knife should look as if it is almost one piece regardless of how many are used to put it together. Seams and bonds should show no gaps, cracks, and there should be no nubs or extrusions unless it is part of the overall design.