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There are two types of steel that I use, carbon steels and stainless steels.

Carbon steels are generally a bit softer than alloy steels, like stainless, which enables them to take a sharper edge. This also makes carbon steels easier to sharpen in the field or with basic sharpening tools. As well, carbon steels are considered “tougher” by many and are favored for tasks like bushcrafting. Carbon steels generally can handle more abuse, like batoning a piece of wood. This is not to say that alloy steels can’t take abuse, because they sure can. It’s also important to understand that carbon steels are more prone to corrosion. As a result a carbon steel knife that is properly cared for will develop a patina over time, some people desire this while others find it less attractive. Carbon steels are a common choice for hunting knives, edc knives, camp knives, culinary knives, etc.

Stainless steels are steels with high alloy content which makes them far less prone to corrosion. This also generally means that they can achieve incredibly high levels of hardness which yields a sharp edge that will last a long time. They can sometimes be a bit more difficult to sharpen than carbon steels. It’s important to know that stain-less is NOT stain-never! In reality, any steel will eventually corrode, though stainless is far less prone to. Stainless is preferred for any application where the knife will be in contact with moisture or the user desires a lower maintenance tool. Most production knives are stainless simply for the ease of care. Stainless is the obvious pick for something like my river knives.


Steels I'm currently working with...

440-C is one of the most widely recognized and appreciated steels in knifemaking with a history spanning decades. It’s a chromium alloy sporting high corrosion resistance. It can achieve high levels of hardening, resulting in an edge that likes to stick around keeping your knife sharp for longer.

80CRV2 is a high carbon chrome-vanadium steel making it a tough as nails workhorse. Commonly used in anything from a hunting knife to a tomahawk. If properly cared for 80CRV2 will develop a patina with use.

1084 is a classic high carbon steel that is both easy to work and simple to heat treat. It has found great success in all walks of knifemaking from culinary knives to bushcrafters. It offers great abrasion resistance and solid edge retention. If properly cared for 1084 will develop a gorgeous patina with use.

CPM S30V is a premium knife steel developed by Crucible Industries, known for its excellent combination of edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance. Its high chromium and vanadium content makes it highly resistant to wear and tear, while its carbon content provides excellent edge retention. Additionally, CPM S30V is easy to sharpen and maintains its edge well making it the perfect steel for the All Weather Tracker



Handle Materials

There is an almost endless amount of handle materials available for use. I always select a material based on the requirements of the application of the knife. While I may branch out from time to time the two most common materials you’ll find in my shop are G10 and Micarta.



G10 is a glass resin based laminate composite. It is incredibly tough, almost indestructible even when cut thin. It’s created by stacking multiple layers of glass cloth, soaked in epoxy resin, and by compressing the resulting material under heat until the epoxy cures. It comes in large flat sheets from which I cut scales for knives. It’s an amazing blend of durability and light weight. One of the biggest benefits of G10 is that it is available in a plethora of colors. It also works and finishes easily and beautifully. And, it’s waterproof.


Micarta is similar to G10 however it is layers of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic. It was, I believe, originally manufactured for use in circuit boards. The micarta you’ll find in my shop is all linen, canvas or paper. I often use linen micarta because when rough finished it has a gorgeous matte look and superior grip. Linen micarta is especially effective at being grippy even when wet. One of the other benefits of micarta is that there are a lot of really great small shops making their own unique custom colors and patterns which gives me the ability to support other small businesses.