1) Yes, they’re the real deal.
Our blades aren’t toys, wallhangers or unsharpened art objects. They’re tools designed and crafted with the express purpose of cutting flesh and bone. They are made of carbon steel (most models are 5160 spring steel), they are sharp, and they are heat-treated and tempered for business.
While our approach to marketing our blades is often crude and smart-ass, we are serious about our craft. Every day we take another step toward our goal of becoming the finest bladesmiths in America.
2) They’re handmade with American materials.
Our blades are made by three fools in our shop in Missoula, Montana using steel, aluminum, and Kydex manufactured in American mills. Our leather comes from local Montana cows and tanners. We’re doing our very small part to support American small business and keep craft traditions alive.
3) Usually, our blades are made-to-order and will not ship immediately.
We are not a factory with a warehouse full of stock that can ship the day after you order. We are 6 guys in Montana working our asses off to turn a dream into a business. While we occasionally have blades in stock that can ship within a few days, most of the time we make your blade after you order. This can take anywhere from 12 to 15 weeks. Shipping can then take another 3 to 7 days. We will email you a tracking number when your package ships.
If you are buying the blade as a gift for someone else, well, you are one damn cool friend/lover/spouse! Please keep our manufacturing time in mind when planning for your gift. If you have a specific date by which you need the blade, please email us before you order to make sure that we can get the blade to you in time. We also now offer gift certificates.
4) Our blades require a little care and a lot of respect.
Our blades are made of carbon steel and require a small amount of maintenance in order to give you years of faithful service. They should be cleaned with soap and water and oiled after use. They should be oiled every few months if they’ve been sitting around. Any oil will do—3 in 1 oil, motor oil, vegetable oil—just as long as you keep a layer of oil between the steel and the air.
If you need to sharpen your blade after use, we have two recommendations 1) carefully run a sharpening stone along the edge of the blade, doing your damnedest to maintain an angle that conforms to the original edge bevel. The key word is “CAREFULLY.” You can cut the fuck out of your hand sharpening this way. Always wear thick leather gloves and pay attention to what you’re doing. 2) use a sharpening system that employs ceramics rods. There are a lot of options. Google “knife sharpening ceramic rods”. 3) Finally, if you find yourself in Missoula, you can always bring your blade by the shop for a sharpening. We only ask a small donation of beer.
Finally, blades are powerful tools and thus they require the respect that you’d give to any powerful tool, like a gun or a chainsaw. Never wield your blade at anyone or anything you don’t intend to mortally wound. Lock up your blades with your guns to keep them away from your kids. When training and test cutting with your blades, wear eye protection, gloves, and good boots. This is best summed up with the ZT maxim: DON’T BE A DOUCHEBAG. Respect your blade and it will respect your hide.