Custom Knives

All of my knives are one-of-a-kind, but my Custom Knives are truly unique, based on what you want or what we come up with together. Part of what makes knife making so much fun for me is working closely with a client to make a beautiful custom knife that they will use, be proud to own and will be an heirloom to pass down to future generations.  I believe close communication, detailed planning and drawings make this a pleasant experience that lets you be involved in its creation and results in a very satisfied and happy customer.  As a client, you will be apprised of every step in the process with a text or email (pictures) to allow for any input you might have. 

To begin the process, I gather information about the type of knife that is desired.  Discussing ideas, using any images from my website from Available Knives, the Gallery or my Blog and any drawings or pictures that you might have can provide an excellent place to start. If you have a budget, let me know. That can help determine some of the options.  


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A few custom knives from my blog…

Custom Kitchen Knife: Featuring repurposed old saw blade and Mexican Coccobolo scales

Custom Kitchen Knife:
Featuring repurposed old saw blade and Mexican Coccobolo scales

Custom Groomsmen Gifts:  Each groomsman’s knife is unique

Custom Groomsmen Gifts:
Each groomsman’s knife is unique

Custom Hunting Knife: Featuring random pattern damascus & African Blackwood

Custom Hunting Knife:
Featuring random pattern damascus & African Blackwood


Things to Consider when ORDERING A CUSTOM KNIFE:

Type of Knife:  field, kitchen, oyster

Metal:  High carbon steel;  tool steel;  HCS pattern welded damascus;  Wootz damascus

Length: of blade and overall knife length / width

Style of Knife:  full tang, hidden, tang, frame handle, mortice handle, integral

General Shape of Blade:  drop point, clip point, spear point, dagger

Handle Material:  wood, bone, antler, micarta,  stacked birchbark, etc.

Hand Filework:  usually along spine, if desired

Sheath:  right or left handed;  any specifics about design or color 


After gathering information about your desired custom knife, I make a full sized sketch of the knife and submit it to you. The sketch can be modified as needed until you are happy.  Based on the sketch and the materials that have been chosen, I am able to determine what the cost of the knife will be and will provide that to the customer.  The sketch is not a pattern or a template, but a reference for me when I am forging the blade.  Your knife will not be an exact copy of the sketch, but will be very close.  The blade is then forged.  After your approval of the forged blade, I complete the making of the knife using the materials that were decided on in the planning stage.  Upon finishing the knife, if needed, a sheath is made and then the knife is sharpened.

No down payment is necessary, unless your knife is so specific that only you would want it, then 50% of the estimated price is needed before I start forging.  When the knife is completed and you approve of the finished piece, full payment is needed.  I accept cash, check or PayPal.  Once this has been received, your knife will be ready for pickup or shipment. 

 
Custom made Steak Knife for very tall friend of client: Extra long, differentially quenched, White Oak (state tree of recipient)

Custom made Steak Knife for very tall friend of client:
Extra long, differentially quenched, White Oak (state tree of recipient)

Homage to lost 1958 G. H. Russell Belt Knife with Arizona Desert Ironwood: Distinct Hamon lines, and client said “This is better than the original!”

Homage to lost 1958 G. H. Russell Belt Knife with Arizona Desert Ironwood:
Distinct Hamon lines, and client said “This is better than the original!”

 

Custom INquiry form

Interested in your very own, custom knife hand crafted by Daniel Moye at Cattle Dog Forge? Simply fill out this form, or contact me via the Contact Page for more information on my Custom Knives. I’m looking forward to creating something unique for you or a loved one. This form does not obligate you, but will help me create an estimate before moving forward.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Type of Knife *
Metal
Knife Style
General Blade Shape
Handle Material
Fittings
Hand Filework
Sheath


If you have any questions about my custom work, feel free to Contact Me.

Below are just a few of the knives I’ve created here at Cattle Dog Forge. Or, for more ideas for your Custom Cattle Dog Forge Knife, visit my archive of the knives I’ve created and sold in the past, in my Archive Gallery. (View the Archive on desktop/tablet/laptop (not phone) to get additional information about each knife.)