Quaker Paring Knife


My wife’s Quaker Paring Knife is (as she will attest) the “most valuable knife” in her very active kitchen.  Indeed, she uses it every day–and when preparing virtually all of our home-cooked meals.  While simple in design the Quaker Paring Knife is a real work horse.  The sharpest knife in our very busy kitchen.

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Knife Features:  Practical “Quaker plain” features include a traditionally size 3.5 inch paring knife blade; straight-line design; and simple style.  This knife is designed for daily use and to 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. Epoxy Resin.

Wood Selection:  Four options are available.

Mid-to-Late 1800s 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.

100+ Year-Old Reclaimed American Chestnut:  Considered the “King of Hardwoods” during colonial times, the American Chestnut was decimated to extinction by a blight in the early 1900s.  My knife handles are made from a five foot piece of timber reclaimed from a wood-framed structure built over 100 years ago in rural Appalachia.  (Note:  Due to the difficulty of obtaining an adequate supply of American Chestnut, this option is 10-15% higher cost per knife.)

Early 1900s 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.

NEW Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry: After months of searching I recently came across a 8′ long 8″ by 8″ beam of cherry salvaged from a barn built in the 1850s “just up the road” in Randolph County Indiana.  This Civil War Era find is exceedingly rare given that few barns of that era were constructed with cherry beams.  I am excited to be able to offer this option.

Pin Options;

Treenails: I prefer to construct my knife handles using handcrafted hardwood pegs for two pragmatic reasons. First, as experienced woodworkers will tell you, hardwood joinery results in a stronger and longer-lasting bond than when using metal (such as nails, screws and brass pins). Second, I like the unique look of treenail pins and the fact that they enable me to make a one-of-a-kind knife that can be used daily and also handed down to future generations.

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.  On-line orders are honored on a “first come first served” basis.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.



Brass Pins, Treenail Pins


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