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Skye Knives, Glendale, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WY.

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Workshop ~ Making Handmade Knives: Designs, Techniques and Materials


Designing Custom Knives: See some initial sketches and detailed designs for commissions, alongside the finished knives ...
Design Pages
Home Forge: Most of my knives first take form here in the Forge : learn about the different techniques I use, and see pictures of the forge in action ...
Hand Forging Knife Blades
Custom Knife Materials: Information about the steels, woods and other materials I often use, how and why ...
Materials Pages
Work in Progress: Follow some of my knives right from the design to the finished piece - see how it all comes together, and what I'm working on at the moment ...
Works in Progress
Sheaths: Some knives have wooden sheaths, others hand-sewn leather...
Hand Carving: Many of my knives incorporate handcarved wood, bone, steel or precious metals - I'm in the process of writing a page so you can learn more about the tradition and techniques (check back soon!)


A wealth of time and skill - not to mention materials - goes into every handmade knife, however simple. Creating the right mix of properties and appearances for each blade is all part of the challenge, and a big part of what makes each knife a unique, 'organic' artefact...

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