Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker

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"Izanami" 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Nickel Magnesite gemstone handle, Rayskin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath

Welcome to the home page of Professional Custom Knifemaker and Artist Jay Fisher

All Handmade In The United States of America, World Class


"Lethal Chance" obverse side view in CTS-XHP high chromium martensitic powder metal technology tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle sheath of Buffalo skin inlaid in hand-carved leather
The beautiful blue and pyrite flecks of this lapis lazuli gemstone handle of this "Lethal Chance"

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: 20 years on the web
Number of active pages on this website: 567 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)
September 2016's most visited pages on this site: Knife Patterns, Knife Anatomy, Knives for Sale, Blades, Grip Styles and Hand Sizing, Tactical Knives for Sale, Counterterrorism Knives, Featured Knives, Knife Prices, Knife Handles, Bolsters, Guards, and Fittings, 440C Love/Hate, Knife Sheaths, All Tactical, Military, and Combat Knives, Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Manmade Knife Handle Materials, Gemstone Knife Handles, Folding Knives, Horn, Bone, and Ivory Knife Handle Materials, Website Overview
My first knife made in: 1979 (37 years experience)
Full time professional knifemaker since: 1988 (full time for 28 years) This is my real job!
Top September 2016 search terms that led you here: Jay Fisher, best custom made knives, Jay Fisher Knives, kerambit, knife designs, knife patterns, hunting knife blade designs, part names of a folding knife, custom knife blade designs, custom knives for sale, Jay Fisher knife anatomy, knife grips, custom folding knives, D2 knives, etching a knife blade
Interesting term used to access the site 55 times in September: "jay fisher s35vn" I use it, but haven't written much about it, perhaps I should, because these people are looking for answers!
Another interesting term used 17 times to access the site in September: "440C Love Hate"  People are actually using the title name of my page to search for it; it's become that popular. See what that's about here.
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 300 specific terms!
I am committed to making completely and clearly the best knives in the world.

--Jay Fisher


Who is Jay Fisher?

My Bio and Background Here
"Dragonslayer" and slaying the black dragon of cancer, made to honor Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Head of Oncology, National Institutes of Health
An Artist

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."

--Tom Clancy

United States Air Force Pararescuemen and SERE professionals and Jay Fisher
A Maker of Military Edged Weapons and Tools

"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.
FBI Laboratory
Washington, D.C.

Jay Fisher with fine handmade sword blade in Enchanted Spirits Studio
A Fine Craftsman

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

More information about Jay Fisher

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Main Purchase Tactical Specific Types Technical More
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  
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