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What Handle Material do you recommend?

There are many great handle materials out there. I use both man made and natural materials. G10 is a very stable material that does not absorb moisture, it is very durable and comes in almost any color. I only use Professionally stabilized wood. occasionally it will expand or contract when moved from one climate type to another. For a nice selection of premium Wood Scales check out Burl Source or Gerst Hardwoods

How should I sharpen my Knife?

I prefer to use wet stones to touch up my edges, if something more aggressive is needed I use a coarse diamond stone. Most of my edges are 15 – 20 degrees. I do offer free sharpening if you are willing to pay the return shipping. Please contact me before sending any knives to be sharpened so I will be expecting it.

How long is your waiting list?

I do currently have a waiting list, the wait depends on the knife you would like to order. Currently orders are 1.5 – 2 years out. If you would like to get on the waiting list follow the directions after clicking on “Get your Custom Knife

What Steel do you recommend ?

I am a fan of High Carbon Steel, my favorite being W2. Another one that I use frequently is 1095. For Stain-less steel I use CPM154. I have also used 1075, 1080, 1084, 5160,  CPM-M4, S30V, S90V.

What is a Hamon?

On certain high carbon steel types (shallow hardening like W2 or 1095)  I am able to differentially heat treat the knife so that the spine stays softer than the cutting edge. when polished in a certain way the line between hardened steel and soft steel can be seen, this transition is called a Hamon (Ha – Moan). This is purely aesthetic on smaller knives but helps with durability in larger knives and swords. Over time the Hamon can fade and patina, it is important to clean and oil these blades regularly. If you are interested in my detailed step by step directions, please follow this link: My Hamon Process

My knife has rust spots on it, what should I do?

All the knife steel types I use will rust if not taken care of, including stain-less steel (It just stains LESS). If your knife has developed spots or discoloration, clean with Hot water and soap then dry thoroughly. Apply a thin coat of oil to prevent further corrosion. Removal of the marks will depend on the type of steel and finish your particular knife has. Please feel free to contact me for further instructions or possible solution… Also See  “What is Patina”

What is patina ?

High carbon blades will eventually develop what is called a patina. This is a thin coating of oxidation and is normal. It can be light grey to blue / black in color. I consider a nice patina the sign of a well used and loved knife. Patina is in the same family as rust, but it is the cousin you like!!

Do you ever have knives available for purchase?

From time to time I have knives available for immediate purchase… They can be found in the “News” section of my website. If you would like to be added to a contact list when I have a knife available. Please email me at ryan@ryanwknives.com and let me know!