Fisherman’s Friend


I designed this small outdoor knife around memories of my childhood when many afternoons were spent “whittling” small sticks in our backyard or fishing with boyhood friends for “blue gill” in a local pond.  In my mind’s eye the Fisherman’s Friend is “a companion knife”–a blade that brings back memories of years gone by.  (A simple black leather sheath is included with each purchase.)

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Special Offer:  Order two or more knives (any style–mix or match) and automatically receive a free Quaker Paring Knife with your purchase.

Knife Features: The primary purpose of this small knife is to bring back memories of a simpler times when many people “had a favorite small knife” they kept close by “just in case it was needed” to whittle sticks around a campfire or a fishing trip with friends.

Blade:  1095 High-Carbon Steel (Grind Finish)

Handle Construction:  All of my handles are full tang in design and handcrafted “from scratch” starting with a single block of wood or beam of timber.  Each handle is fastened with pins (both treenail and brass options are available) and, as a final step, secured with  a 2,000 lb. Epoxy Resin.

Wood Selection:  Four options are available.

Reclaimed Oak:  Each handle is handcrafted from a large support beam salvaged from an Indiana barn built in the mid-to-late 1800s.  Also referred to as “wormy oak”, a much valued feature of this reclaimed timber is the occasional small hole and crevice left over the decades by a burrowing beetle or other insect.

Reclaimed American Chestnut:  Considered the “King of Hardwoods” during colonial times when over four billion trees were found throughout the eastern United States, the American Chestnut was decimated by a blight in the early 1900s.  (Today the species is defined by the American Chestnut Foundation as “functionally extinct” since the blight fungus kills off mature trees but not the tree’s root system that can produce sprouts and a tree-like shrub.)   My knife handles are made from a single five foot piece of timber reclaimed from a wood-framed structure built over 100 years ago in rural Appalachia.

Reclaimed Walnut:  My small supply of reclaimed walnut was salvaged from an old Indiana barn several hours from my shop.  Marks from the sawblade used to plane the beams suggest that the barn was constructed in the early 1900s.  This beautiful walnut is an unusually dark “burgundy/purplish” color which makes for a unique and interesting handle.

Brazilian Cherry:  30% denser than most species of North American cherry; Brazilian Cherry is found throughout much of South and Central America.  There is a wonderful feel and look to this wood.  I work from the same 6″ by 6″ inch blocks of wood to craft both these knife handles and the treenails (handcrafted “hardwood pins”) that are a signature feature of the knives available for purchase.

Pin Options;

Treenail  Pins: Until the early 1900’s treenails (more commonly known today as handcrafted “hardwood pins”) were widely used in the construction of everything from barns, covered bridges and railroad tracks to wood-framed houses, hand tools and fine colonial furniture.  I take pride in crafting  each treenail by hand starting with a 6″ by 6″ block of Brazilian Cherry.  (More information regarding the history of treenails; their strength and durability is available in the About My Knives section of my website.)

Standard Brass Pins: While the use of treenails in the construction of my knives is a signature feature of my work, I also offer the more traditional option of standard brass pins.  

Delivery:  All knives are carefully wrapped and shipped by Priority Mail.  Please allow 14 days for delivery.



Brass Pins, Treenail Pins


Brazilian Cherry, Reclaimed American Chestnut, Reclaimed Oak, Reclaimed Walnut