Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
Quality Without Compromise
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A great deal of importance in the field of knifemaking is based on
the important tool and weapon concept. What I mean is that first and
foremost, knives are tools or weapons, and only after that do they
become collector's pieces, investment grade works, or knife sculpture.
It may surprise you to know that many knifemakers have never actually made a working tool of any kind, only decorative works made to collect stares and collect dust. There is a great deal of savvy required to make a superior tool, and even more to make a dependable, desirable, and exceptional weapon. Even more important is to have those weapons and tools desired by and used by critical professionals, such as in my Counterterrorism Knives.
--from my Knife Styles page topic "Real Knives"
|Welcome! Quick Facts:||The best individual knife maker's site you will find on the Internet!
What this website is about and how to use it
|First year of this site on the Internet:||1996: 21 years on the web|
|Number of active pages on this website:||575 pages, packed with pictures and great information|
|Number of pictures and images on this website:||Now over 15,000 photos! (includes thumbnails and restricted pages)|
|December 2016's most visited pages on this site:||Knife Patterns, Knife Anatomy, Knives for Sale, Wood Knife Handles, Blades, Tactical Knives for Sale, Grip Styles and Hand Sizing, Knife Prices, Counterterrorism Knives, Featured Knives, Knife Sheaths, Knife Handles, Bolsters, Guards, and Fittings, Folding Knives, 440C Love/Hate, Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels, All Tactical, Military, and Combat Knives, Horn, Bone, and Ivory Knife Handle Materials, Gemstone Knife Handles, Manmade Knife Handle Materials|
|My first knife made in:||1979 (38 years experience)|
|Full time professional knifemaker since:||1988 (full time for 29 years) This is my real job!|
|Interesting term used to access the site 40 times in December:||"Jay Fisher grinding belts" Okay, I don't sell belts, but I do use them! You can see more grinding belts on my Shop/Studio Page Two|
|Most interesting thing you probably do not know about me:||I have a piece in the Tower of London|
|Another interesting thing you probably do not know about me:||I make more real gemstone handled knives than any other single knifemaker in the world|
|Another interesting thing you probably do not know about me:||I'm a writer! Completed one novel, writing another, and writing a book on the modern knifemaker. Check it out here!|
|Important point (sole authorship):||Every knife on this website that has only my maker's mark is made completely by me: blade, handle, sheath, stand, case, and embellishment.|
|Most Important Fact:||I am committed to making completely and clearly the best knives in the world. More|
|Significant Data:||The detailed knife definitions section on my Knife Anatomy Page now has 309 specific terms!|
Tom Clancy is a name that many recognize. Tom was a friend and patron of mine, a great guy who was extremely well-versed in military history and process, and one of the greatest authors who ever lived. While the younger generation may recognize his name in the gaming and simulator field, his mastery of words, ideas, and literature was the absolute pinnacle of his genre. He wrote about many of the world's cold war and post-cold war military hardware, and I was hugely honored to have my work in his home, in his library, and as the inspiration for charitable causes. It is because of Tom that I have a piece in the Tower of London, perhaps the finest weapons museum in the world. In 1994, this is what he wrote about me and my work:
"You know, I never believed in decorous weapons until I met Jay Fisher. Where does one draw the line between a fighting knife and a work of art?
Jay Fisher is a throwback to the age when craftsmen were *all* artists, not mere producers of products, when every item that went out the door had a story and a purpose all its own, and when you went to a craftsman not because of what you wanted but because of who he was.
Jay is a guy who knows how to use the modern to serve the past. We really do make better steel today than we did a hundred years ago - the idea of cutting an ancient Samurai sword in two with a modern American knife does have its attractions - and the blend of old and new in his work is totally seamless. A knight Templar would not have hesitated a moment to take Fisher's steel on his Holy Quest. In fact, he would have thought the technological edge a gift from an especially attentive God.
I suppose that says it all. Jay Fisher is one of a kind, a man who knows the riddle of steel, and that the difference between a good weapon and a bad one is the combination of how you make it and to whom you give it."
"Jay Fisher is the best modern knife maker around, pursuing an ancient tradition but beautifully perfecting the craft by selecting the finest man-made and natural materials. Jay Fisher makes every type of edged steel weapon, fitting the blade to it’s purpose. The world’s elite clandestine rescue and tactical squads seek his weapons. Their lives depend on Jay Fisher Custom Knives- the best quality knives in the world."
--Bernardo M. Perez
Deputy Assistant Director - Ret.
Named "The Best Living Knife Maker" in the 2007 Best of the West Sourcebook by True West Publications
"Many fine knifemakers exist in the world. Some Excel at making weapons, others at creating art. At his Enchanted Spirits Studio in Clovis, New Mexico, Jay Fisher does both. In the blade business since 1988, Fisher makes knives, many featuring gemstone handles, for collectors, museums and people who really know how to use 'em (101st Airborne, Special Forces, USAF Pararescue)."
--from the 2007 Best of the West magazine
|Home Page||Where's My Knife, Jay?||Current Tactical Knives for Sale||The Awe of the Blade||Blades||My Photography|
|Website Overview||Current Knives for Sale||Tactical, Combat Knife Portal||Museum Pieces||Knife Anatomy||Photographic Services|
|My Mission||My Knife Prices||All Tactical, Combat Knives||Investment, Collector's Knives||Custom Knives||Photographic Images|
|The Finest Knives and You||How To Order||Counterterrorism Knives||Daggers||Modern Knifemaking Technology|
|Featured Knives: Page One||Purchase Finished Knives||Professional, Military Commemoratives||Swords||Knife Patterns|
|Featured Knives: Page Two||Order Custom Knives||USAF Pararescue Knives||Folding Knives||Knife Pattern Alphabetic List||My Writing|
|Featured Knives: Page Three||Knife Sales Policy||USAF Pararescue "PJ- Light"||Chef's Knives||New Materials||First Novel|
|Featured Knives: Older/Early||Bank Transfers||27th Air Force Special Operations||Hunting Knives||Factory vs. Handmade Knives||Second Novel|
|Email Jay Fisher||Custom Knife Design Fee||Khukris: Combat, Survival, Art||Working Knives||Six Distinctions of Fine Knives||Knife Book|
|Contact, Locate Jay Fisher||Delivery Times||The Best Combat Locking Sheath||Khukris||Knife Styles|
|FAQs||My Shipping Method||Grip Styles, Hand Sizing||Business of Knifemaking||Videos|
|Current, Recent Works, Events||Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories||Jay's Internet Stats|
|Client's News and Info||Military Knife Care||The 3000th Term||Links|
|Who Is Jay Fisher?||Serrations||Serrations|
|Top 22 Reasons to Buy||Concealed Carry and Knives||Skeletonized Knives||Site Table of Contents|
|My Knifemaking History||Handles, Bolsters, Guards|
|My Family||Knife Handles: Gemstone|
|What I Do And Don't Do||Gemstone Alphabetic List|
|CD ROM Archive||Knife Handles: Woods|
|Publications, Publicity||Knife Handles: Horn, Bone, Ivory|
|Testimonials, Letters and Emails||Knife Handles: Manmade Materials|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1||Knife Sheaths|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2||Knife Stands and Cases|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3||Knife Embellishment|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4||Knife Maker's Marks|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 5||How to Care for Custom Knives|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 6||Knife Making Instruction|
|Larger Monitors and Knife Photos|
|Copyright and Knives|
|440C: A Love/Hate Affair|
|ATS-34: Chrome/Moly Tough|
|D2: Wear Resistance King|
|O1: Oil Hardened Blued Beauty|
|Knife Blade Testing|
|Cities of the Knife|
Heat Treating and
Cryogenic Processing of
Knife Blade Steels
|Knife Shop/Studio, Page 1|