Quaker Chef’s Knife


My new Chef’s Knife is fast becoming a customer favorite.  Key features include a traditional-style handle with plenty of room for knuckles; a thin blade (the same width as my paring knife); and a blade that will hold a razor-sharp edge.  Surprisingly light, this Chef’s Knife produces a very clean cut and is a joy to use!


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Photos: 1) Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut (oil painting by Richmond artist Cody Thompson); 2) From Top: Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut; Early 1900s Reclaimed Walnut; 100+ Year-Old “Wormy” Chestnut; Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry.  Note: the Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut is no longer available.

Knife Dimensions: Length 13.0 in. (Blade 8.0 in.); Height (2.0 in.); Width (0.66 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 ($215.00):  I recently acquired a large beam of walnut salvaged from a Montgomery County, Ohio barn that dated back to the mid-1800s.  Like my earlier supply of Early 1900s 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 ($215.00):  After months of searching I 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 ($240.00):  “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 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.

Receive 20% off on orders of $495 or more. Enter coupon code 2oHFK24 when placing your order.

Delivery Schedule:  I craft each of my knives one-at-at-time in my Richmond, Indiana shop.  Given a backlog of on-line orders, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.



Brass Pins, Treenail Pins


100+ Year-Old “Wormy” Chestnut, Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry, Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut, Mid 1800s Reclaimed Walnut