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FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Q. How long does it take to receive my custom knife after I order it?
A. The custom knives are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so it will depend on how many knives there are waiting to be made ahead of yours. It also depends on the type of knife you order. A hunting type knife will take longer to make than a kitchen paring knife. I do try to get out all custom knives as timely as I possibly can.

Q. How do I keep my knife sharp?
A. Knives are kept sharp with a diamond hone and a V-shaped ceramic sharpener, both of which are available in the accessories section. See the diagram of how to sharpen your knife.

Q. How will my custom knife be shipped?
A. Knives are shipped, insured, either first-class or priority mail through the United States Postal Service. UPS will be used upon request. However, they are best used for something heavy. Things that are light, such as most knives, are best shipped through the post office.

Q. Why is ATS34 better than carbon steel or 440C stainless for knife blades?
A. ATS34 stays sharper considerably longer than carbon steel and some longer than 440C. ATS34 is an updated version of 440C. Also, knives made from carbon steel will rust.

Q. How do I care for my kitchen cutlery?
A. Kitchen cutlery should be washed and dried after use. Keep the cutlery away from other knives and/or kitchen utensils, such as silverware, preferably in a knife block. Never let them soak in water, as it will ruin the finish on the handles. Also, it is best not to wash them in a dishwasher for the same reason.

Q. How do I keep the blade on my folder from sticking?
A. Place a drop of sewing machine oil or a thin synthetic oil (never use automotive oil) on the blade pivot.

Q. Why are handcrafted knives priced higher than those in discount stores sporting goods departments?
A. Most knives sold in stores are made in factories, many of which have been moved to foreign countries. Handcrafted knives are made by hand, from start to finish, from high quality materials. With reasonable care, they will last a lifetime and give excellent service. John Ruskin, the greatest British art critic and social commentator of the Victorian Age made this comment about quality: "There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only is that man's lawful prey." In other words, one usually gets what one pays for.