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Getting a custom knife made

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Gerberblades, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Gerberblades

    Gerberblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    I was wandering how to get a custom knife made, and who would be a good choice for a custom bowie knife? Also, is 154 cm a good steel for a bowie?

  2. ryan9977


    Feb 16, 2006
    do you have any other requirements.....pricing..handle material....style....as much info as you could share would help narrow it down a bit.....ryan
  3. Gerberblades

    Gerberblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    About the handle material I was looking at a bowie this guy owned but dont know what kind of material is used. The bowie is pictured under BLADE DISCUSSION FORUM, go to the 4 page and click on BEST DAGGER, and scroll down and you'll see the bowie, I like the handle material that is used. I also like the style/design of that knife, except the handle guard and the pointer finger holder. It would be great if the knife could be under $250 dollars.

  4. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
  5. Gerberblades

    Gerberblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    It is the seventh post down.

  6. MSCantrell

    MSCantrell KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 12, 2005
    Just to throw it out there...
    On the one hand you could have a custom knife made,
    on the other, you COULD also buy a custom knife... there's lots for sale every day here on BFC at Knife Makers' For Sale> Fixed Blades.

    Now, if you DO decide you want one made just for you (which is to say, you want to work through the process with the maker, picking materials and styles, emailing back and forth, waiting in line if he's got a wait list,etc.) then my suggestion would be to browse "Knife Makers' For Sale> Fixed Blades", and find somebody whose style strikes your fancy. Make sure to go back several pages!

    When you find somebody you love, email him with your idea and questions and take it from there.

    That's the process in a nutshell :D

  7. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Okay, that's a Big Bear sub-hilt fighter (can't tell if it's a Lovett or a Loveless from the smallish pic) - certainly a contemporary classic. Mike Lovett can certainly make you one. One of my favorite makers of this style is Rob Brown of South Africa:


    And an attractive variation:


    Rob's fit and finish are absolutely first rate and his blades are frighteningly sharp.

    Rob prices thses on his site at $755 and $815, respectively. I suspect that for makers who do this style (and do it well) the price likely goes UP from there, potentially in a very big way.


  8. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter Platinum Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    That is a Lovett Subhilt, and will run you about $2,000+ from the maker, and take about 5 years to get.

    You have a want for a fine knife, but even a "basic" maker is going to charge you around $500.00+.

    Something about champagne taste and beer budget comes to mind....;)

    Cold Steel makes a knife called the Black Bear that might work for you.

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson
  9. Gerberblades

    Gerberblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    Thanks for your replies

  10. Gerberblades

    Gerberblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2006

    Truly, beautiful knives, Thanks again for your time

  11. Keith Montgomery

    Keith Montgomery

    May 9, 2000
    David Broadwell makes nice Big Bear style knives. One like the one below will run about $1350.00. Production subhilts will generally cost at least $250.00 for anything worth buying.

  12. Michael Lovett

    Michael Lovett

    May 25, 2007
    Rob brown does a fine job!
  13. rbslaughter1


    Feb 15, 2006
    STeven mentioned the Cold Steel production model.. I recently sold one, mint condition with sheath, on Ebay for 135.00.. It was a solid knife, and the finish was pretty good..Just FYI..

    Another option for a hand made knife, on the secondary market that might fit your budget would be a piece by Steve Voorhis..Good luck, Rich

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