I love to make knives because they require so many different skills. Each knife is unique and made entirely from scratch. I occasionally make blades from recycled steel, such as old files or leaf springs. My material of choice for forged blades are 52100 ball bearing steel and 1095/14N20 damascus. These steels allow for greater versatility in a blade. When differentially heat-treated, the steel can have both a hard cutting edge and a tough springy back. For the knife handle I prefer the beauty and abundance of local wood, such as walnut or Manzanita.