UPDATE: 12/17/2022 I recently saw a doctor about a wrist problem that suddenly appeared. It is being worked. My time to make knives is coming to an end. I am also planning to get married in the near future to an amazing woman. She rides horseback, shoots rifles and forged a ring for me. How cool is that….
Knives By Hand is a knife worth using. We hope that once you receive yours that you hope to go ‘test’ it out in your backyard. These knives are meant to be by your side out in the wilderness and we hope to see you there making new trails.
I started this business years ago. I found I could not grow the business with me doing everything – Production, Customer Service, Website, Janitor, etc. In addition, my elbow was starting to show the pains of getting older (it happens). I had 2 apprentices at one time. One has left for college and the other started his own business. This led to looking at companies that could make my knives. I contacted 5 companies inside the USA . The first 3 companies told me “No”, they were not interested. The 4th Company told me “Yes, but they would want 1 million dollars up front” so I said No. The 5th company told me they would make the knives for me, but they would outsource it to China. I decided I could outsource it myself and choose who I wanted to do it. I went with Nepal. Partly because I had contacts there and partly due to Nepal actually fighting with our troops against the Taliban (Google Gurkha beheads Taliban, Gurkha fights 30 Taliban, etc). If a country was going to make my knives, then I wanted a country that stood with our soldiers in combat. I chose Nepal. I always like the Khukuri (khukri) and new they still did it the old ways passed down from Father to Son. The trick is to find the right blacksmiths. I flew out to Nepal and walked for hours everyday visiting the different Kamis. Shared different ideas and techniques. It was an interesting journey. In short, I will still do a few knives, but I will be slowly becoming more of a designer. Long term is to have all my knives made in Nepal of good quality that can be depended upon for survival.