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Mohawk Valley Knives

I am very proud to re-introduce my exclusive Mohawk Valley Knives brand as part of my continuing effort to bring you some of the best and most accurate reproductions. As most of you already know, I have been active in the hobby of Civil War reenacting and living history for almost 20 years, what you may not know is that long before I ever became interested and involved with this hobby I was and am still very much involved in another hobby, pocket knife collecting. 

It was because of my over thirty-five years of knowledge and passion for pocket knives that I was quick to realize that there simply are not many accurate and quality made reproductions available that represent the proper patterns, materials and construction of pocket knives made during the 19th century. 

Mohawk Valley Knives knives are all hand made by myself. I construct these knives one at a time, in my spare time, using period correct patterns and materials. Each one I build is an extension of my own self, built with my own hands from my knowledge and skills. Each knife is built with pride in workmanship and high quality materials. These knives are solid and built to last. If properly used, cared for and maintained these knives will transcend generations. 

Many hours of handwork goes into each knife. Yes I do use some modern equipment, but much of the construction and assembly consists of the same hand operations, methods, techniques and bench work that were used by the master cutlers over 200 years ago, using simple files, hammers, anvils and emery. I use natural handle materials such as genuine stag, bone, horn and wood, polished German silver bolsters, German silver nails and pins, brass liners, spring steel springs, and carbon steel blades. The only 21st century liberties I take is to use cryogenically treated blades, they have been quenched at minus 305 degrees F. The process removes all of the retained austensite (large unstable particles of carbon carbide) from the steel, and transforms it molecularly to martinsite. This process actually lines up the molecules in the steel and greatly enhances edge holding properties. I chose to do this as it is in no way detectable in the appearance and thus does not detract in the visual appeal, but certainly adds in the performance. 

What I have tried to produce is an item of heirloom quality, that you can be proud to carry, proud to use, and proud to pass down over the years to come.

Being situated in the Mohawk Valley region of New York State, I call this line, "Mohawk Valley Knives". 

My prices reflect the cost of materials along with the labor involved. If you understand pocket knives, and the time that goes into them, I think you will agree that these are a very good deal. When you buy a hand made knife, you are not just purchasing a knife, you are purchasing a piece that captures and holds the makers skill and labor, the end result of many hours of handwork, a piece that will be around for many years to come. In fact, prominent collector, author and knife historian Bernard Levine in his book, "Levine's Guide to Knives and Their Values", 5th Edition, Krause Publications, 2001, says the following; 

"Today hand-made folders are in demand. Most sell for between two and twenty times the prices of the best quality factory folders. The supply of fine hand-made folders is severely limited."

These knives will be around much longer than most other pieces of gear, and I guarantee that you will be satisfied with your purchase or you can simply send it back.


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