Quaker Kitchen Knife


The inspiration for this knife (and all others in my Quaker Kitchen Knife Series) came in the form of a small “Quaker plain” paring knife shared with me by Jackie Stillwell, a New Hampshire Quaker.  Jackie’s knife–a family heirloom passed down by her mother–has been in daily use by Jackie and her family for over a half-century.   This knife has proved to be one of my wife’s favorites.  Thanks to its durable high-carbon steel blade, it retains a very sharp edge, is highly functional and a joy to use!

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

Knife Features:  Practical “Quaker plain” features include a long (5 1/4 inch) handle; straight-line design; and simple style.  With proper care, your knife–like Jackie’s–will last for generations.

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. apoxy.

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 with over four billion trees throughout the eastern United States, the American Chestnut was decimated by a blight to “functional extinction” in the early 1900s.  (The blight fungus kills off mature trees but not the tree’s root system.   For this reason the American Chestnut has survived as a shrub and small tree by sending up stump sprouts that grow vigorously but die before reaching maturity.)  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