Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
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James Beauchamp started making knives for his own personal interest in my studio years ago. Being my son-in-law, he was naturally exposed to knives, the knife making conversation, and the business of knife making. There are very few people in the world that I would be comfortable in teaching this trade, and James is tops on my list. He understands the concepts, direction, nature, and importance of knives in our world, and has a distinct interest in fine workmanship. James has skilled hands, an accurate interpretation of perspective, balance, and dimensions, and has great control. These attributes are not just skills gleaned through practice; most of them are gifts, and I've found that few people in life have those abilities, whether dormant or engaged.
James expressed a keen interest in making knives, and as my singular projects are years in backorders, we wondered together if we could employ his interest and skills in making some of the tactical models for clients who have an immediate need for this type of knife for combat, rescue, or tactical needs. We decided we should give it a try, so in early 2009, we started offering his services in collaborative works that fit the profile of this type of knife, with an eye on expediting delivery.
The type of knife James has made is the strict tactical model. Tough, durable, and essential features are offered, with no elaborate embellishment. These are knives with working finishes, straightforward bolsters, and hardwood or manmade handle materials for tactical use. The sheaths are kydex and of tactical combat grade durability. James does most of the work on the knives, I help with a few critical operations, so these are technically collaborative works.
The knives are from my own pattern inventory, and I'm sure that as we continue, James will have his own clients and designs added to the scope of this website and pursuit. You will see no difference in quality, as I will only let the very best come out of the Enchanted Spirits Studio. The main difference will be the Beauchamp-Fisher maker's mark, and a shorter delivery time.
For those of you who have standing orders of an exclusive Jay Fisher knife, the program with James has no effect on the knife, design, workmanship, quality, delivery, or value of a Jay Fisher knife, as I will continue to exclusively work on my knives. What this program will allow is a shorter delivery period for basic tactical models with the Beauchamp-Fisher name.
Please note that because of a high backlog of orders, James has temporarily suspended taking new orders. I will post when his new orders will continue. This has no effect on your knife if you have one ordered, and please note that Rusty Russom is currently working full time in Enchanted Spirits Studio with me on current and new collaborative knives in all styles, types, and ranges. Thanks for the great interest, and please bear with us as the studio evolves and grows!
James is currently making strict tactical, combat, professional and rescue knives for the military, professionals, law enforcement, or the public in collaboration with me. These are knives in any of the modern tool steels I usually use, with bead-blasted or satin finish only, simple bolsters with no carving or hand-engraving, and handles in hardwoods, micarta, G10, or manmade materials only. James is now offering filework on his new knives. The sheaths James is currently making are my kydex, aluminum and nickel plated steel and stainless steel designs, either tension fit or locking.
The quality of a Beauchamp-Fisher knife is the same as if only my hands have made it. Only the highest quality knife comes from my studio, and I'm meticulous about the quality, durability, usefulness, and value of these and every other knife made here. Both James and I are committed to making only the very best tactical, combat, and professional use knife whether it's for the military, law enforcement, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Close Quarters Battle (CQB), or the public that desires the best knife for their use.
The price of the Beauchamp-Fisher knife is the same as a Jay Fisher exclusive knife, since it is the same quality knife that I would make if only my own hands had made it. The main difference in these knives is a delivery time of months, vs. years for a Jay Fisher exclusive knife project made to the same quality.
This is a very interesting question. While it is true that exclusive maker name knives can appreciate rapidly in this field (as my own knives have demonstrated), works that are collaborative vary in long term value. Since I've only made several collaborative works in my career, I expect these knives will be of greater value than other similar knife maker's projects. Since James is starting out making strictly the very best, I believe these early knives with both our names on them will appreciate considerably.
I fully expect that James and I will create a wide variety of various types of knife, as time and client's needs dictate. He's already making knives that I haven't made yet, like the Calisto Magnum linked below. If you have a specific project, contact me and we'll discuss it.
You bet! Here is a list some completed, Beauchamp-Fisher knives on individual featured pages. I'll add to the link list as knife projects are completed.
You've probably noted on various areas of the website that I don't teach knife making. You might be thinking that James Beauchamp is the exception to that, and you are correct. James is not only a loved family member, but a gifted craftsman who has honored me by his desire to learn. I'm grateful to him for his personal sacrifice in time, injury, labor, and learning that it takes to become a successful artist and craftsman. Thanks to James, and thanks to you who support both our efforts to expand and grow this endeavor with your support, orders, ideas, and patronage!
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|Collaborative Knives||Knife Handles: Gemstone|
|James Beauchamp Collaboratives||Gemstone Alphabetic List|
|Etienne Beauchamp Collaboratives||Knife Handles: Woods|
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