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Hello. Iím James D. Huse II. I was introduced to knife making through a friend back in 2002, and I've been making knives off and on ever since.
I started by buying blades and putting handles on them, and then by modifying my existing knives. The first knife I ever made was out of an old lawn mower blade. I made a guard from a piece of mild steel and put an antler handle on it. The only equipment I had was a grinder with a stone and a cut-off wheel, a sander, a few files, determination, and good old fashion elbow grease. It wasn't the prettiest knife, but I was addicted.
Then I taught myself how to stitch my leather sheaths.
I have forged a few blades, but prefer the stock removal method.
I like making Hunting and Camping style knives using carbon steel alloys such as:
I do everything myself. I heat treat all my own blades. I don't make full custom knives for people. The reason I prefer not to make full custom knives is because no matter how well I make a knife, it will never be the knife the customer has pictured in their mind. The extent of customization consist of a general blade shape, handle material, and fitting options the customer chooses.
I will use almost any wood you want. It depends on the availability of the wood.
Some of my favorites are:
|Dymond Wood||Bubinga||Maple Burl|
|Australian Lacewood||Black Walnut||Bocote|
|Cocobolo||Bois D' Arc||Texas Ebony|
|Mesquite Burl||Desert Ironwood||Bone/Antler|
I use a high-strength epoxy and pins to attach the handle scales to the knife. I also do decorative needle file work. I have a few patterns I like to use. It isn't difficult to do, but it is time consuming. I also hand tool and hand stitch all the Leather Sheaths. The leather I use is 6oz. - 8oz. veggie-tan leather. A name or initials can be stamped on the front of the sheath for further customization. There is no extra charge for the sheath, it is included with the knife.