Steve Culver Knives

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I started making knives in 1987, sold my first knife in 1989 and passed the American Bladesmith Society's Mastersmith test in 2007.  I have been a full time knifemaker since March, 2005.  I am also a Master Gunsmith, but discontinued gunsmithing to devote myself to full time knifemaking.

The types of knives that I make include bowies, daggers, hunters, fighters and folders.  I enjoy making 19th century English and American style period pieces.

Every piece that I make is fully functional.  No matter the price, materials used or the likelihood that the piece will only be displayed as an art item.

Being both a knifemaker and a gunsmith, I enjoy building firearms and combination (Cut-N-Shoot) weapons.  I have done extensive research on the way that spiral welded damascus gun barrels are made and have learned how to accomplish this work myself.  In 2013, I completed my first damascus barreled combination weapon.  I look forward to building more firearms weapons with spiral welded damascus gun barrels.

I use 1084, 5160, W-2 or 1095 steel for my forged carbon steel blades. I make damascus steel blades from any of the carbon steels that I typically use, laminated with 15N20 or O-1 steel.  I use ATS-34 for the blades and springs of some of my folding knives.  W-2 or 1095 is used for blades that are clay tempered to produce a fancy hamon (temper line).  Each blade is individually heat treated in my shop.

Guards are usually press fit, although some are soldered.

I prefer to use natural materials for most knife handles, but I will use a manmade material for severe duty knives.

I can supply sheaths, made by me, for any of my knives.

To date, all engraving on my knives has been done by me.

My pieces are warranted against defects in workmanship for as long as I can work, as long as they are not misused or abused.  I cannot guarantee natural handle materials as they may fade, crack, chip, or shrink with use and climate change.

Awards:

2013 - Best of the Rest - Blade Show

2012 - Best Historically Inspired Knife - Arkansas Knifemaker Assn. Show

2008 - Best Damascus Design Spirit of Steel Show

2007 - Best Art Knife - Knife Group Association Show

2006 - Best Art Knife - Knife Group Association Show

2006 - Best of Show - Knife Group Association Show

 

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