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
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
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.