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Hand made carbon steel Western and Asian inspired kitchen knives

You can design your kitchen knives with or without my guidance. →Many options to choose from such as:  wood on the handle, size of blade, thickness of blade, many kinds and sizes of add-on’s or extras on the handle.  You can also buy →kitchen knives in stockAll work is made in my shop, out of high carbon steel, in the USA, full time since 1980.

New Web Site Summer Sale ~ Wildfire Cutlery
July 16  – July 31st, 2015 10% off on any items custom made for you, if ordered within the time frame above.
* 3 exceptions are below;
Cost of stabilized woods – their cost to me is fixed by seller
(You can get 10% off on the knife part, though)
Kitchen Knives that are Available now (already discounted)
Steak Knives (already discounted)

Above: Handle add-on's descriptions: Blades 1 - 4 , 6 & 7 have triple bolster spacers. The 5th blade has double brass bolsters, which adds $40. 
Woods –
Two on the left – 1″ x 4″ kitchen knives. Left has Maple wood and right has Madrone, then 1.5″ x 5″ with Maple wood, 1.5″ x 6″ with Hickory. 8″ x 2.5″ with Maple , 7″ x 2.5″  with Madrone and 8″ x 2.5″ with Hickory wood. Carbon steel, brass bolsters. 
Left – 8 piece steak knife set (no add-ones, with various woods) ~ Hickory, Walnut, Madrone and Claro walnut. 9″ Yew wood Carving set, 10″ x 2.5″ double brass kitchen knife w/ Black Walnut and 7″ x 1.5″ scimitar shaped Boning knife w/ Black Walnut.
Top down: 5″ x 1.5″ fancy with stabilized Koa, 2″ x 8″ fancy with stabilized Koa, 3″ fancy Thai Cleaver with stabilized Mango wood, 10″ extra fancy kitchen knife with stabilized Mango, then finally a 7.25″ fancy Boning Knife with stabilized Mango wood. 
Boxed 12 piece steak knife set. See set of 12 below that- click to enlarge.  Wood was supplied by client and is no longer available. Carbon steel, brass bolsters. Custom box made by Jens Sehm.
Steak knives from previous slide. English walnut wood, brass bolsters, 5/64" thick 1" x 5" carbon steel. 
Wood was supplied by client and is no longer available.
6 – 2″ x 8″ kitchen knives with special order English Walnut custom made as a gift to grooms at a wedding. Each knife cost $119 plus s/h.
Wood was supplied by client and is no longer available.
Carbon steel set. All pieces in the set below are extra fancy, all have stainless steel bolsters and nickel silver rivets and all have highly figured Black Walnut wood. All the green inserts are stabilized green dyed Box Elder Burl wood. From left to right: La Mezzaluna, stainless Allen button head bolts/washers with nuts, 7″ scimitar Shaped Boning knife, 1.5″ wide. 7″ Filet knife, 1.25″ wide. 7″ Santoku w/ Bubinga wood. Knife and Fork Carving set.
From left: 1″ x 4″, 4″ Birds Beak, 1″ x 4″ strong back, then 9″ x 2″ Carving knife, Carbon steel carving knife, outside sourced 440C stainless fork. Sterling silver bolsters, extra fancy composed of 3000 year old stabilized Russian Bog Oak, sterling spacers, Malachite, Cocobolo. Sterling pins. French polish.
Basic set with Claro Walnut – with NO ADD-ON’S, Claro Walnut wood carbon steel kitchen knife set. From left: 9″ x 2.5″, 9″ x 2.5″ Boning knife,  2″ x 6″, 1.5″ x 6″ , 2″ x 9″ Carving knife and Fork and Paring knife.
Basic set (no-add-on’s) sent to Australia – carbon steel, brass bolsters. Descriptions of blades are: Left to right: 8″ x 1.25″  Korean Kitchen knife, 8″ Santoku, 9″ blunt tipped slicer, 8″ x 3″ Thai Cleaver (3/32″ 1095 tool steel, and lastly a 6″ scimitar shaped Boning knife. →See Price List for current prices for me to make you one.


     These hand made high carbon tool steel kitchen knives are crafted and heat treated one knife at a time, by master blade smith Michael Moses Lishinsky, and have been since 1980. Just like in the old days, I use 1084 high carbon tool steel, which offers a knife that is well balanced in that it holds a wicked edge, but is also responsive to being brightened quickly when honed. My knives are in kitchens all around the world. I ship to all English  speaking countries (along with France,
Sweden & Norway). I work for individuals and some major corporations,  creating unique one of a kind gifts.
     Besides custom work, I make a line of Western style kitchen knives and a line of Asian inspired kitchen knives.
I also do commission work consisting of the  restoration of old knives and armaments. My designs are all time honored, affordable, guaranteed, original, lightweight and unique. Each kitchen knife has perfect balance, and is constructed with a full tang on the handle (a wood & steel sandwich).
My approach is to offer a basic kitchen knife with wooden handle and brass bolsters as listed in my price list, and from there offer  →handle options← for handle styles, local woods, and choices for all types of ornamentation. Each extra or add-on costs a bit more, but adds to the uniqueness and value of the finished product.
     You as the client have an opportunity to design a unique kitchen knife using the palette I offer on these pages.  The carbon steel I use is 1/16th or .062 inch thick (except for knives longer than 12”, which is 3/32” thick 1095  high carbon tool steel, to prevent to much ‘waggling’ of the blade when done). This thickness of steel allows a very fine lightweight kitchen knife. Contrasting the lightweight blade is a handle that is made of polished brass and wood, which serves as a solid extension of the cutting edge.

       The standard steel is .062 thick 1084 cold rolled high carbon tool steel, which is heat treated one knife at a time, by me in my shop. Properly heat treated carbon steel allows for a knife that will keep a keen edge, yet is noticeably easy to re-hone for a new keen edge. All the sweeps of the edges of my knives have the classic French curve, for that nice rocking motion and for ease of use and re-sharpening.
     The brass bolster is riveted and glued onto the full tang, and is in between the handle and the blade. It serves to protect the end grain of the handle wood and adds the perfect weight to the handle. Handles generally measure out to about 5 ¼ inches – ¼” leeway from the back of the blade to the bolster, 3/4″ of brass and then 4 1/4″ of wood. All blade lengths are close but not exact.  The handle is secured with 4 rivets, which are glued and pressed into place. There are three 1/8” brass pins, and a company chop in the handle ‘butt’. The chop goes through the handle and is functional. It is made in 12” lengths and is comprised of 4 – 1/16 ”  brass rods, with a steel ‘lions hair’ center, inside a 5/32nd square brass tube, which is inside a round aluminum tube. Red dyed epoxy is injected into the 12” tube, to hold all a-tanto. I then cut them down to about an inch and glue/install. 


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