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  • madmax888 commented on Mak5's instructable How to sell custom knives10 months ago
    How to sell custom knives

    Mak - Interesting post. I have been making knives for 16 years now, and started out much like you did. A few comments for new knife makers:It is NOT necessary to forge your own blades. If you do not have the time, money or energy to do the forge work - know this: There are hundreds of sites on the internet selling all sorts of blades. Not only are they reasonable, but many are stainless steel, which is a good medium for a knife. I use mostly 440-C, polishes beautifully, takes a great edge, and holds it.Find a niche to sell in. Do something unique. A custom knife should be more than a blade with 2 pieces of wood bolted to it, or a piece of stag horn stuck on the tang.Use the internet - there are many great knife makers out there. Study their knives and learn. The best one I can recommend...see more »Mak - Interesting post. I have been making knives for 16 years now, and started out much like you did. A few comments for new knife makers:It is NOT necessary to forge your own blades. If you do not have the time, money or energy to do the forge work - know this: There are hundreds of sites on the internet selling all sorts of blades. Not only are they reasonable, but many are stainless steel, which is a good medium for a knife. I use mostly 440-C, polishes beautifully, takes a great edge, and holds it.Find a niche to sell in. Do something unique. A custom knife should be more than a blade with 2 pieces of wood bolted to it, or a piece of stag horn stuck on the tang.Use the internet - there are many great knife makers out there. Study their knives and learn. The best one I can recommend is Jay Fisher - he is a MASTER craftsman, and few of us can ever match his work. But the designs can give you ideas that you can tailor to your needs. Look at all the new materials there are now! There are dozens of new synthetic composites to work with. They shape, drill and polish quickly. You don't need a million dollar shop (like Jay's) with 5 (FIVE) gem surfacing and polishing machines.I started with a belt sander, then added a drill press, polisher/buffer, rotary tool (Dremel). Add what you need only when you need it. I bought up a man's entire shop for $200 - benches, grinder, polisher, sabre saw, and best of all, a Foredom rotary machine - makes a Dremel look like a kids toy. All this and a number of blade blanks, and handle material. I got all this after he realized that he was in way over his head.Make a few knives for yourself! Keep some, and sell some.

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