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BUYING ONLY STOCK KNIVES? THE CUSTOM WORLD MAY JUST CHANGE YOUR HABIT!
PHOTOS BY JARED OESER

There’s a lot of mystery when it comes to custom knives and the makers behind them. Many say that the price of a custom knife is unjustifi ed when compared to mass-produced alternatives. Others would argue; custom knives allow for quality and comfort that can’t be replicated in mass-produced alternatives.

The reality is a bit more complicated. There are several different types of custom knifemakers. The term “custom” itself would imply an individual can have any design they want made. While this is true with some makers, it’s not always a possibility.

Custom knife work comes in three main categories: Unique, non-modifi ed creations designed by the maker; knives that are based on a standard theme that the designer is comfortable with; and knifemakers who only make one-of-akind creations with input from the customer. These all have their pros and cons, depending on the buyer’s needs. The truth is that it would be better to say that the term custom should really be considered as “handmade.”

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