The most expensive knives in the world are – disappointingly – there to look at, not to use. However, there is a new strand in British knifemaking that makes utilitarian knives which are also custommade for users to use. They are designed around what people want to do.
We have made a series of films with these knifemakers about what to look for in a knife, especially a hunting knife. Here they impart their wisdom.
Leader in this field is Emberleaf in Sussex. In this film, we visit the Emberleaf works:
From Yorkshire, Danum Blades is another good knifemaker. Master knifemaker Alan Johnson talks through the process, including choosing steel, cutting a shape, grinding an edge, making and fitting a handle, and the leatherwork to make a good sheath. He runs Danum Blades in South Yorkshire, the home of British steelmaking, comparable with Solingen in Germany for its knife making heritage.