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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Photos: 1) Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry; 2) From Top: Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut; 100 Year-Old “Wormy” Chestnut; Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry,  Photo of 1800s Appalachia American Chestnut Forest (Courtesy of the Forest History Society, Durham, NC.)

Knife Dimensions: Length 7.0 in. (Blade 3.0 in.); Height (.7 inches); Width (0.066 in.)

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-1800s Reclaimed Walnut ($95.00):  I recently acquired a very large beam of reclaimed walnut salvaged from a Montgomery County, Ohio barn dated back to the mid-1800s.  Like my first supply of Early 1900s reclaimed walnut, this beautiful wood is an unusually dark “burgundy/purplish” color which makes for a unique and interesting handle.

Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry ($95.00)  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. 

100+ Year-Old “Wormy” American Chestnut ($120.00)  “Wormy Chestnut” is the term used for wood salvaged from the more than four billion trees killed off by a blight fungus which brought the American Chestnut to the brink of extinction in the late 1800 and early 1900s.  The small holes that are a defining characteristic of this difficult-to-find wood are the work of beetles and other insects that attacked the dead and dying trees 100+ years ago.

Pin Options;

Treenail  Pins: I prefer to construct my knifev handles using handcrafted hardwood pegs for two pragmatic reasons. First, as experienced woodworkers will tell you, hardwood joinery results in a stronger 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.  

20% off on orders of $350 or more. Enter coupon code 20HFK24 at check out.

Delivery Schedule:  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.


Brass Pins, Treenail Pins


100+ Year-Old “Wormy” Chestnut, Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry, Mid 1800s Reclaimed Walnut