My blades are handcrafted from 1095 high carbon steel. Each knife handle is made “from scratch”, starting with a plank of 100+ year-old, reclaimed barn wood. Handcrafted treenails (“hardwood pins”) are a signature feature of my work.

I am a Quaker raised in a family where simplicity, durability and concern for the environment were highly valued while fashion and trends were not.

My knife designs are often inspired by an “old blade” found in a relative’s kitchen drawer or a Quaker friend’s knife passed down from mother to daughter or father to son.

Henry Freeman

What is a Treenail?

As the name implies, a treenail is a handcrafted hardwood “nail or pin” designed to bond two or more pieces of wood together. While this centuries-old practice has largely been replaced by modern-day nails and screws, during colonial times hardwood pins were used to make everything from houses, barns and covered bridges to handcrafted tools and fine colonial furniture.


My rustic-style, outdoor knives and cleavers are handcrafted using a 100+ year-old Fisher-Norris anvil and decades old hammer.
 
The process leaves a distinct “finger print” on the blade that is a unique feature of each knife’s personality and design.