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"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
"Orion"

Knife Stands and Cases for Handmade and Custom Knives

Custom Knife display stand for Izanami, Izanagi knives and sheaths. Stand is granite, tulipwood, 304 stainless steel, Noreena Jasper and Nickel Magnesite gemstone, and Paduk hardwood
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"Antheia" custom knife sculpture; chef's knife set in 440C high chromium stainless steel blades, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, handles of Thulite, Blue Willow Sodalite, California Nephrite Jade, Australian Black Jade gemstones, stand of hand-cast bronze, pecan hardwood, Black Midnight granite
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Please Note: I only make display stands and cases for my own knives.
This page features many of the fine custom and handmade knife display stands, cases, boxes, and blocks I've made over the years. I've included multiple photos of some of the pieces to better illustrate the components. Some of these photos are scanned from chemical prints I made in the 1980s, before the digital revolution, so please forgive their low quality. Please be sure and click on the thumb nailed photos with captions and annotations. Thanks!

"Pallene" khukri, obverse side view in CPM154CM High molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand engraved, with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Brecciated Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin, hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base
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"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
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Origins

There are cultures where edged weapons and tools are held in high regard, even cherished. I remember hearing about a modern Pueblo people who have a stone axe resting in a prominent spot in their place of worship. This is because it hearkens to an earlier time when they used stone axes and they honor their ancestors with the display, even though today they use chain saws and hydraulic wood splitters to process timber.

I try to honor the history of edged weapons and tools with my own work. I often look to the past for inspiration and ideas and for design continuity and guidance. I believe this honors the history of man's first and oldest tool and its place in our culture and modern times.

The knife, sword, tool, or weapon is the main focus of attention (as it should be), but because knives and edged weapons can be dangerous forms, we are usually conscious of their potential for injury, and often have them stored away, sheathed, and secured. High value can also mean that a fine custom or handmade knife is a substantial investment and should be protected.

High value investment grade works in knives, daggers, swords, and edged weapons and tools are also art. When the inspiration, design, execution, craftsmanship, and artistic effort is applied, knives become works of art and are deserving of a complete display. This display is a stand, case, or cohesive sculptural work that completes the piece.

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"Bulldog" collector's knife: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mookaite Jasper gemstone handle, Ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather, display stand of hand-carved American Black Walnut and Poplar
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"The Altar of Atlantis"  Stand is hand-carved Sodalite gemstone, brass, quartz geode and sandstone base. Knife is milled ATS-34 with ivory, malachite gemstone, brass
Altar of Atlantis
"Amethystine" stand of hand-carved Ponderosa Pine burl on Red Oak base. Knife has Lace Amethyst gemstone handle
Amethystine
"Amethystine" The stand frames, surrounds, compliments the dagger and color of the amethyst gemstone, echoing the patterns in the burl and handle
Amethystine
"Bosque" knife with display stand of brass pique work in fiddelback maple and goncalo alves hardwood
Bosque
"Classic Bowie" with a simple stand of crescents of wenge exotic hardwood displays the knife well.
Bowie Classic
"Carving Set" in bird's eye maple presentation or display case. Knives are stainless steel with petrified dinosaur bone gemstone handles
Carving Set
"Grizzly" is a very early display stand of mine, with hand carved bear in same materials as knife handle: madegasscar rosewood and Apache Gold (chrysopyrite and slate) gemstone with nickel silver
Grizzly
"Polaris" folding knife case in American Black Walnut, brass pique work, banded jasper/hematite gemstone
Polaris
"Polaris" in open case of walnut. Knife has stainless steel engraved components, banded jasper gemstone handle
Polaris
"Soul's Flight" a very early knife and stand in polished elk horn with hand-carved sodalite gemstone inlay on petrified wood gemstone base.
Soul's Flight
"Venus Grande" in stand of polished amethyst geode mounted on bubinga hardwood base. Knife handle is lace amethyst, with amethyst crystal and sterling silver with copper
Venus Grande
Black Galaxy Granite case for Izar folding knife, closed
Izar
"Izar" folding knife, Pietersite gemstone handle in Black Galaxy Granite case
Izar
"Izar" folding knife with black granite case
Izar
"Macha Navigator" case in red oak, bloodwood, with inlays of Mookaite Jasper gemstone
Macha Navigator
"Gemini" fine custom handmade knife in granite case. Knife is 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Confetti agate gemstone handle scales, anodized 6AL4V titanium liners
Gemini
"Gemini" fine handmade custom liner lock folding knife in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, anodized 6AL4V titanium liners, Crystal yellow granite case
Gemini
"Tharsis Intense" in mirror polished and hot blued O1 high carbon tungsten vanadium tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Fossilized Stromatolite Gemstone handle, sheath in leather inlaid with black frogskin, stands of sculpted, hand-cast bronze
Tharsis Intense
Detail of hand-cast bronze by lost wax process on this "Tharsis Intense"
Tharsis Intense
Cast bronze stand should display knife at appropriate, flattering angle
Tharsis Intense
Detail of hand-cast silicon bronze stand and welded components, lined with pecan hardwood sleeves/sheaths
Antheia
Close up, detail of cast bronze knife stand base mounted to black galaxy granite with nameplate
Antheia
"Sanchez" chef's knife in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, courbaril (Jatoba) exotic hardwood, Poplar hardwood, black galaxy granite base
Sanchez

"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
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My History

When a knife transcends a simple sheath and requires a more elaborate and artistic method of display, the display stand or case is created. My display stands or cases must hold the knife at a flattering angle, must compliment yet not detract from the knife's artistic style, must complete the entire ensemble to become a solid and independent piece of art, commensurate with the quality of the knife.

Like most beginning makers, early on I started with display stands of deer antler attached to wooden bases. While that may be suitable for early works and for hunting knives where the antler is a point of appropriate interest, it was just the beginning. I quickly moved to stone components, metal fittings, hardwoods carved and finished, and complimentary arrangements. In my display cases I realized that fine joinery was appropriate, with fine woods, carving, milling, and variety that would compliment the knife and be heavy, substantial, and offer worthwhile and long-term protection, display, and value to my clients.

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"Sadr" liner lock folding knife: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, jasper gemstone handle, anodized titanium liners, granite case
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"Astarion" Display case of mahogany, red oak, red cedar, rock maple. Knife is 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters, Nephrite Jade/Moss Agate doublet gemstone handle, carved and inlaid sheath of ostrich leg inlaid in hand-tooled leather
Astarion
"Astarion" Display case of mahogany, red oak, red cedar, rock maple. Knife is 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters, Nephrite Jade/Moss Agate doublet gemstone handle, carved and inlaid sheath of ostrich leg inlaid in hand-tooled leather
Astarion
"Astarion" Display case of mahogany, red oak, red cedar, rock maple. Knife is 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters, Nephrite Jade/Moss Agate doublet gemstone handle, carved and inlaid sheath of ostrich leg inlaid in hand-tooled leather
Astarion
"Astarion" Display case of mahogany, red oak, red cedar, rock maple.
Astarion
"Conquistador" stand is hand-carved Indian Green Moss Agate Gemstone pillars mounted on Brazillian Agate base, with Pietersite Agate and sterlling silver mounts. Knife is Damascus steel, carbon steel, Pietersite agate, sterling silver
Conquistador
"Hercules" is a compound dagger in etched stainless steel with over 50 handle components. Stand is ram's horn twist mounted on polished agatized petrified wood gemstone base
Hercules
"Ishi" is a jade handled stainless steel knife with engraved stainless bolsters. Display stand is goncalo alves hardwood with brass and red oak
Ishi
"Seascape" stand is hand-carved blue alabaster, seashells, red oak. Knife handle is fossilized Turitella agate gemstone
Seascape
"Warrior's Quill" rapier and parrying dagger on custom display with engraved aluminum coat of arms mounted on antiqued oak frame
Warrior's Quill
"Rhino Dawn" stand is hand-carved alabaster, bloodwood, staghorn, knife handles are gazelle horn, wart hog tusk
Rhino Dawn
"Saussure" master chef's knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Argentina Agate gemstone handle, Working, display stand of American Black Walnut Hardwood
Saussure
"Duhovni Ratnik" Croatian Spiritual Warrior case, top side view in Black Walnut, Paduk, Bloodwood, and brass
Duhovni Ratnik
"Duhovni Ratnik" Croatian Spiritual Warrior case, top side view in Black Walnut, Paduk, Bloodwood, and brass
Duhovni Ratnik
"Duhovni Ratnik" in case view. Case interior is Cherry hardwood and Ebonized Poplar, varnished and sealed, with Engraved brass and lacquered aluminum nameplate.
Duhovni Ratnik
"Aries"case view in Black Galaxy Granite gemstone
Aries
"Aries" folding knife, obverse side view in damascus stainless steel blade and bolsters, anodized titanium liners, New Zealand Jade gemstone handle, Black Galaxy Granite gemstone case
Aries
"Antheia" custom knife sculpture; chef's knife set in 440C high chromium stainless steel blades, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, handles of Thulite, Blue Willow Sodalite, California Nephrite Jade, Australian Black Jade gemstones, stand of hand-cast bronze, pecan hardwood, Black Midnight granite
Antheia

"Aegir" knife sculpture in mirror polished, hot blued O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium alloy tool steel blade, blued steel bolsters, 14kt gold bezels, peridot gemstones, Nebula stone gemstone handle, stand of cast bronze, white Carribean coral, Venetian gold granite with garnets
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Unique and Original

Some of my stands and display cases incorporate both the knife and sheath, and some just the knife. My stand or case designs are one-of-a-kind and may range from simple to elaborate, utilitarian to fantasy, all complimenting the knife, dagger, sword, or weapon, and suited to the purpose of the piece. The stands or cases may represent the image of the knife, often echoing curves and stylistic accents on the knife or handle. Some incorporate the same materials that are used in the construction of the knife. Some are animate and recognizable, some are abstract or geometric.

They feature finely finished or polished pieces with accurate fittings and mounts solidly designed with stable bases or heavy and solid hangers. Sometimes, an etched or engraved (by machine or hand) nameplate identifies the piece, occasionally it details the components, and occasionally an illuminating poem follows to complete the artistic idea.

Though you'll see some beautiful stands and cases on this page, you'll notice that no two are alike. Occasionally, I get requests to copy my own stands for new knives. I don't do this, because it would devalue the existing stand that is in the hands of a client, and I'm committed to make each stand an individual artistic endeavor.

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Fine Chef's Knife: "Hestia" 440c high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Amethyst gemstone handle, walnut, Amethyst, black galaxy granite base
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"Bulldog" collector's knife: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mookaite Jasper gemstone handle, Ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather, display stand of hand-carved American Black Walnut and Poplar
Bulldog
"Bulldog" collector's knife: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mookaite Jasper gemstone handle, Ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather, display stand of hand-carved American Black Walnut and Poplar
Bulldog
"Bulldog"  display stand of hand-carved American Black Walnut and Poplar
Bulldog
"Desert Wind" in ATS-34 stainlesss steel, hand-engraved nickel silver bolsters, Australian Tiger Iron gemstone handle, stand of hand-carved bloodwood, brass, polished petrified wood gemstone base
Desert Wind
"Isis" stand is same materials as knife handle: hand-carved snowflake obsidian and Alaskan Jade gemstone, sterlling silver twist wire. Base is polished agate gemstone and red oak
Isis
"Jester's Crown" stand is jester in lacewood and brass with the knife balanced on his feet and tongue. Base is Conglomerate gemstone and red oak
Jester's Crown
"Rio Salado" in articulating stand of bubinga hardwood and bloodwood, with accents of hand-engraved 304 stainless steel, mookaite jasper gemstone
Rio Salado
"Pebble's Cats" articulating stand resembles resting cat and has several position and orientation options. Stand is walnut and nickel silver, knife is etched stainless steel, engraved brass, Verdite (budstone) gemstone
Pebble's Cats
"Sadr" folding knife case of granite, blue pearl granite
Sadr
"Sadr" linerlock folding knife with custom case. Knife is jasper, hand-engraved stainless steel, garnet, display case of hand-carved and polished granites lined with suede leather
Sadr
Double Dovetail detail on case joinery of "Macha Navigator"
Macha Navigator
"Taos" on display stand of antiqued staghorn, gallena and pyrite ore, polished petrified agatized wood gemstone base
Taos
"Kochel" custom art knife, Obverse side view in hot blued, mirror polished O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel fittings, Polvadera Jasper gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Wenge, Cocobolo hardwood and Polvadera Jasper
Kochel
Case for Chef's Set, in Pecan, Arririba, Padauk, Bocote hardwood
Chef's Set
"Procyon" liner lock folding knife, obverse side view,in hand-engraved ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, anodized 6AL4V titanium liners and lockplate, Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Nephrite Jade gemstone handle, case of Granite, Quartz Terrazzo composite
Procyon
"Procyon" liner lock folding knife, obverse side view,in hand-engraved ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, anodized 6AL4V titanium liners and lockplate, Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Nephrite Jade gemstone handle, case of Granite, Quartz Terrazzo composite
Procyon
"Pallene" khukri, obverse side view in CPM154CM High molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand engraved, with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Brecciated Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin, hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base
Pallene
"Pallene" khukri, obverse side view in CPM154CM High molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand engraved, with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Brecciated Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin, hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base
Pallene
"Pallene" khukri, cast bronze stand view in hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base
Pallene

"Aeolus" in 440C high chromium stainless steel cross-blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Labradorite gemstone handle, stand of peach, American black walnut, 304 stainless steel, Baltic brown granite, engraved brass
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Value

Blocks, stands and cases can add great value to the overall knife or knives. Unlikely to appear in any manufactured works and original to each maker or artist, stands, blocks, and cases become significant parts of each work of art. They may represent many hours, weeks, or even months of effort on the part of the artist. High value components like cast bronze, precious gemstone, and high detail engravings may be part of the knife art display. The creation and execution of the construction of these stands is the complete province of the maker, and speaks to his skills and practice in the field.

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"Dragonslayer- the Taste of Steel" stand is 400 pounds of cast bronze with aventurine and tiger eye gemstone eyes. Piece is dedicated to slaying the black dragon of cancer.

"Desert Wind"  Persian Dagger, Obverse side view: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mossy Nephrite Jade gemstone  handle, stainless steel engraved sheath, Wenge, Cocobolo, Purpleheart hardwood, with custom display stand of purpleheart (Amaranth), engraved Black Galaxy Granite base
Desert Wind
"Desert Wind"  Persian Dagger, Obverse side view: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mossy Nephrite Jade gemstone  handle, stainless steel engraved sheath, Wenge, Cocobolo, Purpleheart hardwood, with custom display stand
Desert Wind
"Desert Wind"  Persian Dagger, Obverse side view: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mossy Nephrite Jade gemstone  handle, stainless steel engraved sheath, Wenge, Cocobolo, Purpleheart hardwood, with custom display stand
Desert Wind
"Dragonslayer- the Taste of Steel" stand is 400 pounds of cast bronze with aventurine and tiger eye gemstone eyes. Piece is dedicated to slaying the black dragon of cancer.
Dragonslayer
"Dragonslayer- the Taste of Steel" stand is 400 pounds of cast bronze with aventurine and tiger eye gemstone eyes. Piece is dedicated to slaying the black dragon of cancer.
Dragonslayer
Dragonslayer with artist. This is a large piece, with 400 lbs of cast bronze and a 56" wingspan
Dragonslayer
"Tunguska and Manicouagan" raptor kerambits in display case of mahogany, bloodwood, ebony
Tunguska & Manicouagan
"Tunguska and Manicouagan" kerambits in display case. Hangers are hand-carved ebony, bloodwood hardwoods
Tunguska & Manicouagan
"Tunguska and Manicouagan" case details. Mortise and tenon latch in bloodwood and ebony hardwood with tension wedges
Tunguska & Manicouagan
"Tunguska and Manicouagan" raptor kerambits case detail. Case has handmade mortise and tenon joinery with bloodwood and ebony tension wedges
Tunguska & Manicouagan
"The Chase" knife sculpture in hand-carved gemstone, brass, hardwoods
The Chase
"Aegir" knife sculpture in mirror polished, hot blued O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium alloy tool steel blade, blued steel bolsters, 14kt gold bezels, peridot gemstones, Nebula stone gemstone handle, stand of cast bronze, white Carribean coral, Venetian gold granite with garnets
Aegir
"Elysium" linerlock folding knife in gemstone case of anthorsite
Elysium
"Elysium" linerlock folding knife in gemstone case of anthorsite
Elysium

"Tharsis Intense" in mirror polished and hot blued O1 high carbon tungsten vanadium tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Fossilized Stromatolite Gemstone handle, sheath in leather inlaid with black frogskin, stands of sculpted, hand-cast bronze
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Skills

Making fine stands and cases is a challenging artistic skill in itself, matching the right woods, horn, bone, ivory, or gemstone to the knife, displaying the knife and complimenting it, adding to the piece rather than pulling the eye away from the knife. As the knives become more elaborate, so do my stands and cases, until it is impossible to separate the two and they are a total sculptural art piece.

Many people do not realize what goes in to a fine sculptural stand, case, block, or presentation device. Carving, shaping, finishing and mechanics are all parts of the knife sculptural experience. Welding, carving in wax, casting metals, fitting stone, and other necessary skills are employed in the creation of the idea. A great deal of hand work and finishing is applied to bring the potential out of the rough materials used in the custom stand, case, or block. All of this takes a great deal of time.

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"The Chase" knife sculpture in hand-carved alabaster, quartz with pyrite, garnet, articulating stand, zinc boulder, patinaed brass, oak base. Knife is damascus steel with rutilated quartz, hand-engraved

Custom Knife display stand for Izanami, Izanagi knives and sheaths. Stand is granite, tulipwood, 304 stainless steel, Noreena Jasper and Nickel Magnesite gemstone, and Paduk hardwood
Izanami, Izanagi
Custom Knife display stand for Izanami, Izanagi knives and sheaths. Stand is granite, tulipwood, 304 stainless steel, Noreena Jasper and Nickel Magnesite gemstone, and Paduk hardwood
Izanami, Izanagi
Custom Knife display stand for Izanami, Izanagi knives and sheaths. Stand is granite, tulipwood, 304 stainless steel, Noreena Jasper and Nickel Magnesite gemstone, and Paduk hardwood
Izanami, Izanagi
Custom Knife display stand for Izanami, Izanagi knives and sheaths. Stand is granite, tulipwood, 304 stainless steel, Noreena Jasper and Nickel Magnesite gemstone, and Paduk hardwood
Izanami, Izanagi
Fine Chef's Knife: "Hestia" 440c high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Amethyst gemstone handle, walnut, Amethyst, black galaxy granite base
Hestia
Fine Chef's Knife: "Hestia" 440c high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Amethyst gemstone handle, walnut, Amethyst, black galaxy granite base
Hestia
"Gemini Twins" linerlock folding knives in simple display stand with several display options. Handles are lace agate and Peruvian lapis lazuli gemstone
Gemini Twins
"Gemini Twiins" in display stand, folded side. Custom display stand is made of paduk, walnut hardwood
Gemini Twins
Back side of Gemini Twins display stand. Pair theme echoed in paduk rods, dual display options. Base is stable and sound, simple and elegant
Gemini Twins
"Gemini Twins" folding knives display stand side view.
Gemini Twins
"Pinon" lock back folding knife with custom case in American Black Walnut, brass, Sodalite gemstone
Piñon
"Treatymaker" stand is Honduras Rosewood Burl hardwood, polished lace agate gemstone base
Treatymaker
"Procyon" linerlock folding knife in case of polished breccia marble, suede leather, 304 stainless steel
Procyon
"Procyon" linerlock folding knife in case of polished breccia marble, suede leather, 304 stainless steel
Procyon

Blocks

Fine chef's knives that will occupy a prominent space on the counter need custom blocks. Below you will see some fine blocks I've made in hardwoods. These are multi-component, heavy, and substantial pieces made with hardwoods and gemstone, with plenty of mass for stable protection of the knives and owner. Some of them are accompanied by nested chopping bowls and spice blocks that match the curvature of the specialized blades.

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Fine, handmade chefs set in block of rock maple and black walnut with nested spice and herb blocks with seven custom knives, stainless steel blades and gemstone handles.

Blue Pearl Granite Chef's Set with custom block of Pecan, American Black Walnut hardwoods
Chef's Set
Blue Pearl Granite Chef's Set with custom block of Pecan, American Black Walnut hardwoods
Chef's Set
"Chef's Set" block is rock maple hardwood, paduk, scapolite gemstone. Knives are stainless steel, scapolite gmestone handles
Chef's Set
Fine, handmade chefs set in block of rock maple and black walnut with nested spice and herb blocks with seven custom knives, stainless steel blades and gemstone handles.
Chef's Set
Fine, handmade chefs set in block of rock maple and black walnut with nested spice and herb blocks with seven custom knives, stainless steel blades and gemstone handles.
Chef's Set
Fine, handmade chefs set in block of rock maple and black walnut with nested spice and herb blocks with seven custom knives, stainless steel blades and gemstone handles.
Chef's Set
Fine, handmade chefs set in block of rock maple and black walnut with nested spice and herb blocks with seven custom knives, stainless steel blades and gemstone handles.
Chef's Set
"Trophy Game Set" knife trio custom case in oiled Imbuya exotic hardwood and brass
Trophy
"Trophy Game Set" in case of imbuya and red oak. Knives are D2, hand-engraved brass, tiger eye gemstone handles
Trophy
Functional stand for "Saussure" chef's knife in American Cherry, Pecan hardwoods
Saussure
"Sirona" chef's knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Bronzite Hypersthene gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Red Oak Padauk hardwood
Sirona
"Sirona" chef's knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Bronzite Hypersthene gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Red Oak Padauk hardwood
Sirona
Case for Chef's Set, in Pecan, Arririba, Padauk, Bocote hardwood
Chef's Set
Case for Chef's Set, in Pecan, Arririba, Padauk, Bocote hardwood
Chef's Set
Case for Chef's Set, in Pecan, Arririba, Padauk, Bocote hardwood
Chef's Set

Client's Designs

I do not generally accept client's blueprints or designs for knife stands, cases, and blocks. I reserve the right as an artist to creatively apply what is in my idea set for the piece or pieces. So far, this has worked very well for me; no client has been disappointed with what I have created for their knife, sword, or artwork.

As an artist, ideas of display and accompaniment may come to me while I create the knife, ideas and designs that are not available to the client. If a client has given a price range for me to work in, I'll offer him the best value for his investment I can create, but this is usually the singular limitation I have.

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"Venus" is etched 440C stainless steel, diffusion welded copper, nickel silver, sterling silver, lace amethyst, amethyst crystal, amethyst geode, bubinga base

"The Cattleman" castrating knife in custom etched 440C stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Agatized Petrified wood gemstone handle, stand of polilshed cow horn and purpleheart base
The Cattleman
"The Cattleman" obverse side view. This knife was a gift between cattlemen and is actually a castrating knife.
The Cattleman
"The Cattleman" is one of the rare occasions where a horn is an appropriate medium suited to the flavor of the piece. Cowhorn polishes beautifully.
The Cattleman
"Classic" dagger in a leather lined hardwood case of bird's eye maple. Knife is 440C stainless steel and Pietersite Agate gemstone
Classic Dagger
"Jungle King" Older/Early Work in milled ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, brass fittings, Aventurine gemstone handle, Boa Constrictor skin over leather sheath, cottonwood burl stand with Ivory hangers
Jungle King
"Treatymaker" stand is hand-carved goncalo alves hardwood, blued steel screw caps to match blued blade, and polished quartz geode base
Treatymaker
"Pacifica" knife sculpture in hand-carved alabaster stand on nylon riser and bubinga base
Pacifica
"Pacifica" is a complete knife sculpture, and the base and knife are independent yet complimentary components, all handmade
Pacifica
"Pacifica" the stand and base were carved first, then the knife was fitted to the whale's body.
Pacifica
USAF class of 1962 commemorative knife with display stand of hand-carved bloodwood exotic hardwood and etched nickel silver. Knife is engraved stainless steel with cherry blossom jasper gemstone handle
Academy '62
Black Galaxy Granite (Gabbric anortosite) from India, polished, lapped, ground, and finished, a case for Gemini folding knife
Gemini
Showing the reflective polish of the Black Galaxy Granite case for this "Gemini" folding knife
Gemini
"Gemini" Liner Lock Folding Knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, anodized titanium liners, sapphire set thumb studs, case of Black Galaxy Granite gabbric anorothosite
Gemini
"Concordia" in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Nebula Stone gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Poplar, Nebula Stone, Baltic Brown granite
Concordia
"Concordia" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Nebula Stone gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Poplar, Nebula Stone, Baltic Brown granite
Concordia

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There is an immense potential to learn and grow in this field, and I hope to continue that as long as possible in my life. Knife display and sculpture is a rewarding experience and I hope you have enjoyed these photographs of my work. Thanks for being here!

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"Dragonslayer" head detail. 400 pounds of lost wax cast bronze sculpture and eyes of aventurine and tiger eye quartz. Blade is 440C stainless steel

"Durango" in custom display case. Note the pocket for a broken blade, a favorite of the client with a story for display
Durango
Display Case for "Durango". Note wooden handmade hardwood hinges in Phillipine Mahogany. Body is Red Oak
Durango
"Gemini" case in American Black Walnut with pique work of brass, Siberian Jade gemstone cabochon. All parts made by the maker.
Gemini
"Gemini" linerlock folding knife in custom case of American Black Walnut. Note finger cutouts to remove knife
Gemini
"Midnight" is a family heirloom style of knife display stand, with personalized brass engravings on blocks of Honduras Rosewood in hand-carved archway
Midnight
"Mojave Bowie" gold plated stainless steel engraved blade in stand of ocatillo cactus inlaid with solid turquoise gemstones
Mojave Bowie
"Omega" in articulating display stand of bloodwood, walnut hardwood and brass. Knife is carbon damascus steel with petrified wood handle
Omega
"Omega" articulating stand. Stand offers a variety of positions and display options
Omega
"Omega" stand is designed with the omega symbol in mind. Brass pique work accents hardwood components, hand shaped and finished
Omega
"Omega" stand side view. Dynamic stand components rotate along central hub.
Omega
"The Veteran" in display case of poplar with mahogany hinges, hangers of bloodwood signifying sacrifice. Knife has petrified dinosaur bone gemstone handle, etched stainless steel blade, hand-cared leather sheath
The Veteran
"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
Tribal
"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
Tribal
"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
Tribal
"Kadi" and sheath in case of ebonized poplar, Lauan, redheart, black walnut, leather
Kadi
"Kadi" and sheath in case of ebonized poplar, Lauan, redheart, black walnut, leather
Kadi
"Kadi" and sheath in case of ebonized poplar, Lauan, redheart, black walnut, leather
Kadi

"Kochel" custom art knife, Obverse side view in hot blued, mirror polished O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel fittings, Polvadera Jasper gemstone handle, stand of American Black Walnut, Wenge, Cocobolo hardwood and Polvadera Jasper
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