The process of knife making is a connection to the earliest of human spirits. The flaked stone cutting edge was the basis of food, clothing, shelter and protection. For this reason, I place spiritual importance upon the forms revealed to me in the making process.
I write of forms revealed, as their creation is exactly that, a revelation. Placing steel into a fire is always an act of faith. From that moment, the maker must follow a path, always with the feeling of being led, to a conclusion. On this journey, he must always remain aware that the beauty of the final product is not nearly so important as the joyous walking of the path and the discoveries made along the way.
Each of my knives is a one of a kind item. They are forged from 5160 tool steel and heat treated in a three step process, leaving a hardened edge and a softer spine. This hardening and tempering allows the blades to take a sharp edge while not being brittle in use. I grind away only what is necessary to make a useful blade, leaving most of the fire and hammer marks as a record of it's making. After grinding, blades are carefully hand sanded to 1000 grit to produce a satin finish. The handles are constructed mainly of Micarta and deer antler. Each knife comes with a hand sewn leather sheath. I make forms which are, what I would call, functional sculpture. I want them to be beautiful to look at while being useful tools which feel good in the hand. A large part of the aesthetics of a knife lies in it's use as a tool. I want the owner of my knives to feel free to carry and use them and let LIFE leave its marks. -REH