What Goes Into the Making of A Knife?

There is a lot to take into consideration when deciding to make a knife; especially if you want the knife to be a success. That is to say, sell more than one, unless it’s deliberately designed to be “one of a kind”. If you want your knives to be known for their quality; if you want form and function to be up to the task you designed the knife for; if you want your customers to be “Happy Campers”, then you need to think and plan the knife very carefully.

A lot depends on the knife maker choosing the right steel, deciding on just the right dimensions and shape of not only the blade but the overall appearance of the knife. He must choose an appropriate handle material(s) that is/are up to the task(s) the knife is being designed for and it has to look good (and not to just the knife maker!).

One aspect of a good knife that is sorely overlooked or downright neglected is an appropriate name. Looking through knife magazines and catalogs this is painfully obvious. A good name can inspire the knife maker and help get his creative juices flowing. I give due consideration to this aspect of my knives as well. There is nothing more hilarious (and annoying) than coming across a knife named something like ‘The Druid’ and it’s a automatic made of high tech materials!

Another important aspect of knife making is the sheath. The sheath must not only protect and securely hold the knife; it should accentuate the design of the knife. Compliment and and enhance it’s appeal. The knife maker must once again make a whole series of choices as to the design, materials, color and type of sheath so as to fulfill these requirements.

Now all of what I have mentioned so far are relevant and applicable for a knife being designed to be sold to “John Q. Public” with the hope that enough people will like it and I will be able to sell at least a couple every month or two.

New Additions to the PuP Series

Here are a few additions to the PuP Series. 

This series – the first – has come about by interpreting the market trend towards a “Non-intimidating” EDC (Every Day Carry). Thus the blade is 2 7/8″ in cutting edge length and is made of ‘High carbon” Stainless Steel – 5Cr15. This is the first time I’ve used a Stainless Steel. I usually use plain High Carbon Steel. Although it is somewhat harder to work with, I must say that I am pleased with the edge I was able to get. It holds it’s edge well and is easy to ‘Field sharpen’. I think you will be pleased with it as a handy EDC.

Each knife in this series is one-of-a-kind custom made with a customized handmade sheath.

All knives pictured on this page are for sale at $125.00 (Price includes knife, sheath and shipping)unless it is marked sold. Payment to be made via PayPal. Email me at moondogknives@gmail.com to place your order.

If there is a knife you like and it has been sold, let me know and I will see if I have the woods necessary to recreate it. However, keep in mind no two knives can ever be exactly alike.


PuP – 05

American Walnut and Australian gum Wood with red G10 Liners and Brass pins/logo. SOLD


PuP – 06

Lace wood and Maple with blue G10 liner and copper pins/logo.  SOLD


PuP – 07

American Oak and Arizona Ironwood with Red, White and Blue G10 liners and Nickle Silver (a.k.a. White Brass) pins/logo SOLD

The Moon Dancer

Blue Moon

I love making custom knives designed for specific people.

This knife was made for a photographer who specializes in night sky photography. She often goes out into the wilds to get her shots and I figured a nice every day carry tool that reflects her personality and interests was something she’d need. Fortunately, she agreed whole heartedly and carries it constantly, showing it off to everyone!

Sometimes knives take on their own character as they are being made and this one is a perfect example of that. It did not turn out the way I had planned, as I messed up on the initial bevel of the blade on one side, so ended up loosing about 1/2″ of blade length in re-profiling it. All in all, I think it is probably better than I had originally planned!

The handle is blue dyed California Buckeye Burl with a Damascus blade of 512 folds of High Carbon steel and High carbon Stainless Steel. The blade length is 2 1/2″ and it is 3/4″ wide. The sheath is obviously dyed leather with blue braided waxed thread.