I often am asked about trades or bartering for some of my knives.  I am always open to bartering so long as what is being offered in exchange for my work is something useful to me.  I will post on here any items that may be of particular interest to me, although your welcome to Contact Me with details if you have something else that you would like to offer in trade. 

 

 

 

  • Materials for the shop:
    1. Quality handle materials are always considered towards all or part of the purchase price of a knife.  I can always use good handle materials.  Materials of interest would include carbon fiber, micarta, stag, bone, horn, burls, ivory, exhibition grade woods, figured maple, Arizona desert ironwood, materials with historical significance, etc.  I do not trade my work for the stacks of oak firewood in your barn.  It has to be a premium handle material, which a customer of a high end custom knife may find of value.  You can view my Handle Materials page to get an idea of the types of handle materials that I have taken in on trade for work in the past.
    2. Quality vegetable tanned tooling leather and/or leather craft tools
    3. Quality knifemaking steels of known alloys are always welcome.  I am particularly fond of Elmax and CPM 3V.  I am not interested in trading work for your metal scrap pile or old rail road spikes.  The steel is the heart and soul of a custom knife and the heat treatment of that steel is the most important step of the knife making process.  I do not make knives from any unknown alloy of steel because I cannot get a perfect heat treat on an unknown alloy and a “good enough” heat treat is not good enough for my standards.
  • Tooling for the shop is always nice.  At the moment the following tools are things that I am interested in, although this will change with time as I sell a few knives and pick up more tooling.  Some of the tools on my short list are listed in order of importance to me here.  Your welcome to offer tooling outside of this list but I already have a well stocked shop and these are tools that will increase my shop’s capabilities the most at this point in time.
    1. Heat Treating Oven – My preference would be an Evenheat KO22.5 with Rampmaster III controller and Bill Burke modification found here.  This will allow me to be much more efficient with one off custom orders and improve my work flow so I can trickle out knives continuously rather than in large lots all at once only a few times a year.
    2. Rotary Platen with tooling arm for my TW90 found here.  This will allow me to have an extremely consistent control with convex ground blades for kitchen knives and woods knives.
    3. Surface Grinding Attachment for TW90 found here.  I’ll use this to clean up billets and blanks quickly and precisely as well as to improve my efficiency with creating tapered tangs.
    4. Long shaft, slow speed buffer similar to this Grizzly buffer with a heavy stand like this.  This will be used primarily for handle buffing.  I am not interested in a typical hardware store buffer.  The long shaft is necessary for unobtrusive access to the whole handle area and the slow speed is more functional and safe for knife making than a buffer at high speeds.
    5. Vacuum Stabilizing Equipment so I can stabilize my own woods without sending them off:
    6. I’d like to add a decent quality tabletop mill/drill similar to this Grizzly mill/drill.  This will allow me to drill holes for hardware with more precision and do some basic milling work for fittings, guards, folders, etc which will improve both my fit and efficiency with certain components.
  • Sporting goods are occasionally considered as well.  Items of particular interest might include:
    1. S&W 686 Stocking Dealer Exclusive
    2. S&W 627 .357 magnum revolver
    3. S&W .22lr Revolver with at least 4″ barrel such as a model 17 or 617
    4. Ruger Mk IV Hunter
    5. Target grade air pistol such as an IZH46 or FWB