Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
New! Our latest Video! Turn up the sound and
Go full screen HD on a special page here!
"Aries" Folding Knife
I picked up my first camera at 13 years old. It was a cheap twin lens reflex, and I took pictures of pets, storms, flowers, family, and friends. I graduated to a 35mm, 120mm, a 4 x 5" view camera, and then digital.
When I started making knives, I realized that in order to keep a record and to ultimately sell my knives, I had to produce good photographs of them. I quickly learned that knives are some of the most difficult objects to photograph. This soon translated to view cameras with perspective control, and ultimately my own darkroom, lab, and processing equipment. The digital revolution changed much of this, but I still manage to work on some photo processes and techniques with light and prints.
Knives and photography go well together for me. During my career, I was lucky enough to be exposed to many processes and jobs that amplified my photographic skills and exposure to new techniques and fields. I've taught photography, advised law enforcement on photographic techniques, photographed other artist's works, and studied strange and unique properties of light. I've even photo-etched test waveguide filters for the largest radio telescope in the world, using photochemical milling processes I've developed. My photos have been published in dozens of magazines and publications. I've accompanied the military on their training missions, and have some of my photography hanging in the United States Air Force Pararescue School at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Currently, my knife making career and backlog prevents me from taking on many new photographic jobs and excursions, but I still keep the darkroom stocked and my lenses clean for the occasional field trip. Of course, nearly every knife I make is photographed, and I've managed to create an immense multi-disc compact disc album set of my works available on my site here.
Here are some of the processes I've been lucky enough to work in over the decades:
|Home Page||Where's My Knife, Jay?||Current Tactical Knives for Sale||The Awe of the Blade||Blades||My Photography|
|My Mission||Current Knives for Sale||Tactical, Combat Knife Portal||Museum Pieces||Knife Anatomy||Photographic Services|
|The Finest Knives and You||Collaborative Knives for Sale||All Tactical, Combat Knives||Investment, Collector's Knives||Custom Knives||Photographic Images|
|Featured Knives: Page One||How To Order||Professional, Military Commemoratives||Daggers||Modern Knifemaking Technology|
|Featured Knives: Page Two||Purchase Finished Knives||USAF Pararescue Knives||Swords||Knife Patterns|
|Featured Knives: Page Three||Order Custom Knives||USAF Pararescue "PJ- Light"||Folding Knives||Knife Pattern Alphabetic List||My Writing|
|Featured Knives: Older/Early||Order Custom Collaborative Knives||27th Air Force Special Operations||Chef's Knives||New Materials||First Novel|
|Email Jay Fisher||Bank Transfers||Khukris: Combat, Survival, Art||Hunting Knives||Factory vs. Handmade Knives||Second Novel|
|Contact, Locate Jay Fisher||Custom Knife Design Fee||The Best Combat Locking Sheath||Working Knives||Six Distinctions of Fine Knives||Knife Book|
|FAQs||My Knife Prices||Grip Styles, Hand Sizing||Khukris||Business of Knifemaking|
|Current, Recent Works, Events||Delivery Times||Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories||Jay's Internet Stats|
|Client's News and Info||Knife Sales Policy||Military Knife Care||Serrations||Links|
|Who Is Jay Fisher?||My Shipping Method||Serrations||Skeletonized Knives||Site Table of Contents|
|Top 21 Reasons to Buy||Concealed Carry and Knives||Handles, Bolsters, Guards|
|Collaborative Knives||Knife Handles: Gemstone|
|James Beauchamp Collaboratives||Gemstone Alphabetic List|
|Etienne Beauchamp Collaboratives||Knife Handles: Woods|
|Rusty Russom Collaboratives||Knife Handles: Horn, Bone, Ivory|
|My Family||Knife Handles: Manmade Materials|
|What I Do And Don't Do||Knife Sheaths|
|CD ROM Archive||Knife Stands and Cases|
|My Knifemaking History||Knife Embellishment|
|Publications, Publicity||Knife Maker's Marks|
|Letters and Emails||How to Care for Custom Knives|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1||Knife Making Instruction|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2||Larger Monitors and Knife Photos|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3||Copyright and Knives|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4|