Knives have always been a fascination for me. The first knives I made were as a kid in the 60’s and were made from old files and saw blades. The quality and craftsmanship have improved over the years, but the underlying concept of functionality has not. Knives are meant to be carried and used daily, not set in a showcase because they were too expensive and too pretty to be used. Each and every knife is hand crafted by me, one at a time. Each is a work of art and functionality. Each is guaranteed for life (so long as it has not been abused and/or neglected).
Having said that, I also look for old high quality knives at estate sales and in antique stores which I repair and re-purpose. These are identified as such so as not to be mistaken as an original piece.
I regard ‘forging your own steel’ in the same way I regard ‘casting your own bullets’ – it’s something you can get into if so inclined, but not necessary. There are dozens of companies who offer ‘Steel Blanks’ upon which a knife blade can be designed, cut and shaped. From these I choose only high quality steel to work with. My preference is exceptional edge retention over corrosion resistance because corrosion can be prevented with proper care and it can be removed if it occurs. However if a knife can not hold an edge, it is useless.
My preferred steel is Damascus, however using just that would put the cost of knives out of reach for most people. Damascus is a type of blade material where the steel is folded over and over creating layers. The number of folds can vary from 3 to 2000. Obviously the more folds the more expensive the material and is sold by the inch. Damascus comes in many different patterns and types. In an effort to keep my knives affordable and still maintain quality I mainly use 512 fold steel. My preference is a blade with a high carbon center for holding an edge and softer steel layers for strength and flexibility.
Other factors that affect the price of Moondog Knives are the handle materials, ranging from mammoth tooth, to deer or elk antlers, to exotic woods such as desert iron wood . Another material cost is the sheath materials used. I mainly use lightly worked leather with some occasional experimenting in other materials.
I still in the process of getting this up and running so there aren’t any photo’s yet but keep checking back over the next month or two and you will start to see custom crafted blades made and sold or for sale. BOOKMARK THIS SITE!!!