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"Achelous" in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Indian Green Moss Agate gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin
"Achelous"

Current Works and Events

"Action is eloquence"
--Shakespeare

On this page, you'll see a few of my latest works. Don't forget to look at the Featured Knives pages here. Most of the new works will have individual pages, with multiple photos and detailed descriptions of the knives, sheaths, cases, stands, and ideas related to the project.

Please click on the thumbnail photos; these are some of my most recently created works.
"Arcturus" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Dumortierite gemstone handle, shark skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath "Vindicator" push dagger, obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with Elephant skin "Ananke" fine custom handmade knife, obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Kambaba Jasper gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with buffalo skin "Orion" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Rio Grande Agate gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin "Sadr" linerlock folding knife, obverse side view in 440c high chromium cryogenically treated stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, anodized 6AL4V titanium liners, Biggs Jasper Gemstone handle scales, leather pouch sheath with stainless steel snap "Izar" liner lock folding knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel liners, 6AL4V anodized titanium lockplate, handle inalys of Indian Green Moss Agate gemstone "Chronos" obverse side view in shadow 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath  "Hooded Warrior" obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Tiger Iron gemstone handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath "PJ" Tactical, CSAR, Combat, Counterterrorism knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, coyote/black G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite laminate handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath "PJLT" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, coyote/black G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite laminate handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath "Thuban" obverse side view in CPM154CM high molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Petrified Wood gemstone handle, hand-carved, hand-dyed leather sheath
Here are some of my latest writing, projects, and news:
  • A new list of topics! People have asked repeatedly what is the newest topic, page, or idea I've developed on the website. They are interested not only in the knives I've created, but also the pertinent topics about blades, fittings, handles, displays, and the business of knifemaking. I have a link on the header of every page to the latest singular page I've added, but I didn't have links to the new topics I create and elaborate on every week! So, here, I'll try to do that:
Newest Topic Location Page About
1095 standard carbon steel Blades Uses and limitations of this commonly hand-forged steel
Critics and Complainers Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Forum critics who disagree with cryogenic processing results and my web site in general
What about payment? FAQ page Most commonly used methods my clients use to pay for their knives, no longer accepting credit cards
More about carbide precipitation Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Technical details about deep cryogenic processing, aging times and carbide precipitation
Quenching hold time (cryogenic aging) and warming before tempering Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Refinement, additional details of topic
History, Origins, and Sensitivities about Khukris and Blades Khukris Discussion about ancient history and origin of the khukri blade shape
Emails and Inquiries with Answers Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Actual emails about processing, reasonable answers, educational topics
Learning about knives (Page) Learning about knives Learning about modern handmade knives, resistance, value, direction, sourcing, and reason
Questions about previously sold knives I've made Business of Knifemaking Reasons why I no longer answer questions about previously sold knives asked by strangers
Wives' Tales, Myths, and Misunderstandings about 440C 440C: A Love/Hate Affair Details and science behind some of the wives' tales and myths of 440C
304 vs. 410, 416, and 303 Stainless Steels in Fittings Handles, Bolsters, Guards, Fittings Detailed description about the disadvantages of using 400 series stainless steels for knife fittings
440C and Haters on the Forums 440C: A Love/Hate Affair Details about 440C haters, insults, and post counting commentary on forums
440C Has distinctive and unique advantages 440C: A Love/Hate Affair Advantages of 440C, mainly corrosion resistance and details with comparisons
What about domed pins that extend beyond the surface of the material? Handles, Bolsters, Guards, Fittings Use and limitations and advantages of domed pins in knife handles and fittings
King of Wear Resistance? D2: Wear Resistance King Explanation of why I title the page the way I do!
Shop and Studio, Page Two Shop and Studio, Page Two Second page of fifty sections and photos with descriptions of my studio, shop, process, and operation
New Video of my modular sheath frame system Ananke Khukri Lengthy 27 minute video of my modular sheath frame system, allowing quick changes of sheath wear for large knives
Principal Security Detail, Personal Security Detail Knives (PSD) Counterterrorism Knives Definition, direction of PSD knives for counterterrorism professionals
Copying Another's Style Knife Styles Refinement and additions to the topic "Copying Another's Style" on my Knife Styles page
More carbide particle nonsense Blades page Refinement and additions to the topic "Which steel has the greatest "tooth" for the cutting edge? --and other carbide particle nonsense"
N690 Blade Steel Blades page Details, limitations of Böhler-Uddeholm's N690 steel for knife blades
New! Near total ban on elephant ivory sales in the US! Horn, bone, and ivory knife handles page Details about the ban enacted July 6, 2016, and an interview questionnaire by Blade Magazine
My new "Shadow" line of counterterrorism knives Counterterrorism Knives page Details and description of this all dark, subdued, black, and specialized knife type
Handmade: the saw, the waterjet, the conflict Modern Knifemaker Overview Distinctions of handmade, history, using automated machinery, restrictions, conficts
The MagTac Flashlights Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories Details, development, and application of Maglite's MagTac flashlights and their compatibility with my HULA accessory
Condition of the knife blade for hardness testing Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels Details about the condition of the knife blade for accurate hardness testing during processing and after heat treating
Sharpening and cutting edge types;
Refinement of sharpening by the knife owner
Knife Care page Details and descriptions of variations in sharpening and cutting applications in modern knives
O2 Tool Steel O1 Oil Hardened Blued Beauty Details and specifics about O2 tool steel, applications, limitations
Not My Style! Knife Styles page Detailed illustration of the importance of specific distinctive style of the finest knives
Tactical Knife Orders and Delivery Times Delivery Times for Custom Knives Details about delivery times for custom tactical knives and available creative works
My Knife Studio and Shop page My Knife Studio and Shop page Page one: fifty photos of the shop and studio, processes, activities, and detailed descriptions
What about powered sharpeners and systems? Knife Care Page Details and information on electrically powered sharpeners and systems
Funny Letters and Emails, Page Six Funny Letters and Emails, Page Six New page of funny emails received with more technical answers than the previous five pages!
Sharpening Knife Care, Military/Tactical Knife Care Details about sharpening and maintaining a cutting edge, method, recommendations
Working with 440C 440C: A Love/Hate Affair Details about the difficulty in working with this high chromium, high carbon stainless steel
Intro to Toughness and Ductility 440C: A Love/Hate Affair Introduction to topic on toughness and ductility of high alloy steel knife blades, with full article
  • There are also the "regulars," updated every month, like the Knife Anatomy Page Definition List, and The 3000th Term. Though I won't detail every single word updated, I also continually expand and refine the hundreds of subject discussions on the site.
  • You've no doubt by now noticed the "Counterterrorism Knives" page on the site. For years, I've kept this quiet, but it shouldn't surprise you to know that I make custom CT knives for some of the very top counterterrorism units in the world, with their direct input, and it's a great honor. These include the Israeli YAMAM units, widely considered to be among the very, very best.
  • New processes, materials, and designs? You bet! Working on casting urethanes, anodizing alloys, and dive ready sheaths and mounts; stay tuned!
  • The site now has more than 575 pages, including restricted pages. These are real pages, featuring thousands of my knives, sole authorship, collaborative knives, and thousands and thousands of meaty, detailed photographs. I know of no other knife maker who has ever lived that has such a voluminous, detailed, and information rich web site. How do I do this? I work on it every day. This means that there is always something new, more information, and more knives!
  • There is now a Sixth Funny Emails page that is still growing for your entertainment and interest. Please keep a sense of humor when reading these pages, and know that I acknowledge that people have needs and opinions about knives. This is a good thing, as it shows knife interest in general is very high. Passions may run a bit misdirected though, and I do hope these folks find what they are looking for, even though it's not on this site. This sixth page goes into greater technical detail and more detailed comments and answers.
  • New Sheaths! Yes! I've created a new development that allows a hybrid tension-locking mechanism to require either a thumb release or the application of 15 pounds of pressure to unlock the knife from the waterproof heavy duty sheaths for my lightweight skeletonized knives, and my latest counterterrorism knives.
  • Lost wax bronze casting is an ongoing technique and process here at Enchanted Spirits Studio. Look for more of my handmade sculptural works, components, fittings, and knife stands and accoutrements being hand-sculpted in wax by yours truly, and then cast in bronze. A good example of this is "Pallene," one of my latest knife sculptures. These will be singular works, and no molds or copies will be made. Bronze casting for knives with gemstones, leathers, exotic skins and woods, and the finest steels the world has to offer? You bet! How about a video showing the actual casting and shakeout of a bronze knife stand sculpture?
  • Shows: People always ask where and when I might be doing a show. I don't do shows anymore. In fact, the last show I attended was the Knifemaker's Guild Show in 2005! The Guild requires that voting members attend one show every third year. Because of this rule, I resigned from the Knifemaker's Guild back in 2007. I enjoyed my 19 years in the Guild, but I have too many commitments to clients, and too long of a waiting list to be able to take the time to attend shows. There was a time when I did 13 shows a year, and every moment was spent either preparing for shows or travelling to them. For professional knife makers like myself, those days are passing. The internet has changed all that, and now you can see everything I'm making, new projects, get much more information than a knife show right here on my web site. JayFisher.com is my show! For guys that need serious face time, please know that you can arrange a visit to my studio, or even meet me using Skype teleconferencing or Apple FaceTime.
  • You may have noticed that I don't regularly post on any of the knife forums or bulletin boards on the internet anymore, and haven't since mid-2009. I do answer challenges though, because it's not fair to let untruths stand. You can see the result of some of those detailed on my Business of Knifemaking page. The reason for limited forum time is simple: I don't have the time! Currently, I'm years in backorders, with many projects outstanding, and with all of the website, writing, and other works, I simply have to carefully police my time. To those of you who have missed my presence there, please know that you are always welcome on this very website!
  • My book on the modern handmade and custom knife is coming along, albeit slowly due to a tremendous amount of commitments to my clients and patrons. Also, I'm constantly coming up with new chapters and insights, so I don't know where it will all end!
  • I'm constantly working to improve my engraving, filework, blade work, sheath work and stands, cases, and accessories. You can see the results of that on the latest featured knives and on the embellishment page here. I've been asked to create a filework catalog, so clients can choose individual styles for their knives. Another page on the website with dozens of photos? Yeah, sure, I'll get right on that!
  • New skeletonized knife designs! Military clients have asked for new lightweight models that are strong and fast. Check out my Tactical Knives for Sale page for new ones currently available.
  • Though there may be a lot of talk about the economy, rest assured that your favorite knife maker is still piling up orders. I can't get them out fast enough, and the waiting list continues to grow. The website traffic continues to receive about 100,000 hits a day and there is just no stopping this behemoth. Thanks for the support!

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Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1       440C: A Love/Hate Affair  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2       ATS-34: Chrome/Moly Tough  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3 D2: Wear Resistance King
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4       O1: Oil Hardened Blued Beauty  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 5       Heat Treating and
Cryogenic Processing of
Knife Blade Steels
 
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 6       Cities of the Knife  
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