Jay Fisher - Fine Custom Knives

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"Axia EL" fine handmade knife obverse side view  in T3 deep cryogenically treated CPM 154CM high mollybdenum powder metal technology martensitic stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Linda Marie Moss Agate gemstone handle, hand-carved leather shoulder inlaid with green, black ray skin
"Axia" with Linda Marie Moss Agate Gemstone Handle

Welcome to the home page of Professional Custom Knifemaker and Artist Jay Fisher


"Ari B'Lilah" professional counterterrorism knife, obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum alloy stainless steel blade, T3 advanced cryogenic treatment, 304 stainless steel bolsters, ghost slate finish, G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite handle, hybrid tension-locking sheath in kydex, anodized aluminum, 304 stainless steel, titanium

"Ari B'Lilah" professional Counterterrorism close quarters combat knife

Endurance of the chef's knife or well-made kitchen knife blade is paramount. Please consider this: the chef's knife sees the longest, most active, most continuous and regular use of any knife made for individual use. There are industrial knives that don't see as much use as the common kitchen knife. The person who is an established chef, whether as a hobby, interest, or vocation will use this type of knife daily, with little exception. Imagine any other sort of tool or instrument that is used daily. Wouldn't it be built to the highest standards that the user can afford? Would not the longevity of the knife be a significant, determinant factor in the knife design, style, and purchase? Could it be that short, limited life is built into factory and manufactured knives so that future sales can continue?

-Chef's Knives Page

Welcome! Quick Facts: The best individual knife maker's site you will find on the Internet!
What this website is about and how to use it
First year of this site on the Internet: 1996: 27 years on the web
Number of active pages on this website: 706 pages, packed with pictures and great information!
Number of pictures and images on this website: Now over 15,000 photos! (includes thumbnails and restricted pages)
2021's most visited pages on this site: Knife Patterns, Ari B'Lilah, Knives for Sale, Knife Anatomy, Counterterrorism Knives, Tactical Knives for Sale, Blades, All Tactical Knives, Knife Grip Styles and Hand Sizing, Wood Knife Handles, Gemstone Handled Knives, Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels, Featured Knives, Prices for Custom Knives, Folding Knives, Food Safety in Kitchen and Chef's Knives, Website Overview, Handles, Bolsters, Guards, Fittings, Knife Sheaths
Notable Milestone! There are now over 525 individual custom knife patterns on my patterns page, the largest in history!
My first knife made in: 1979 (44 years experience)
Full time professional knifemaker since: 1988 (full time for 35 years!) This is my my real job, and my career!
Interesting thing you probably do not know about me: I have a piece in the Tower of London, the only American who does.
Another interesting thing you probably do not know about me: I make more real gemstone handled knives than any other single knifemaker in the world, and in history!
Important point of sole authorship: Every knife on this website that has only my maker's mark is made completely by me: blade, handle, sheath, stand, case, and embellishment.
Most Important Fact: I am committed to making completely and clearly the best knives in the world. More
Critical Service: I offer Professional Knife Consultation, in a wide variety of fields and topics.
Significant Data: The detailed knife definitions section on my Knife Anatomy Page now has 330 specific terms!
I am committed to making completely and clearly the best knives in the world.

--Jay Fisher


Who is Jay Fisher?

My Bio and Background Here
An Artist

Tom Clancy is a name that many recognize. Tom was a friend and patron of mine, a great guy who was extremely well-versed in military history and process, and one of the greatest authors who ever lived. While the younger generation may recognize his name in the gaming and simulator field, his mastery of words, ideas, and literature was the absolute pinnacle of his genre. He wrote about many of the world's cold war and post-cold war military hardware, and I was hugely honored to have my work in his home, in his library, and as the inspiration for charitable causes. It is because of Tom that I have a piece in the Tower of London, perhaps the finest weapons museum in the world. In 1994, this is what he wrote about me and my work:

"You know, I never believed in decorous weapons until I met Jay Fisher. Where does one draw the line between a fighting knife and a work of art?

Jay Fisher is a throwback to the age when craftsmen were *all* artists, not mere producers of products, when every item that went out the door had a story and a purpose all its own, and when you went to a craftsman not because of what you wanted but because of who he was.

Jay is a guy who knows how to use the modern to serve the past. We really do make better steel today than we did a hundred years ago - the idea of cutting an ancient Samurai sword in two with a modern American knife does have its attractions - and the blend of old and new in his work is totally seamless. A knight Templar would not have hesitated a moment to take Fisher's steel on his Holy Quest. In fact, he would have thought the technological edge a gift from an especially attentive God.

I suppose that says it all. Jay Fisher is one of a kind, a man who knows the riddle of steel, and that the difference between a good weapon and a bad one is the combination of how you make it and to whom you give it."

--Tom Clancy

United States Air Force Pararescuemen and SERE professionals and Jay Fisher
A Maker of Military Edged Weapons and Tools

"Jay Fisher is the best modern knife maker around, pursuing an ancient tradition but beautifully perfecting the craft by selecting the finest man-made and natural materials. Jay Fisher makes every type of edged steel weapon, fitting the blade to it’s purpose. The world’s elite clandestine rescue and tactical squads seek his weapons. Their lives depend on Jay Fisher Custom Knives- the best quality knives in the world."

--Bernardo M. Perez
Deputy Assistant Director - Ret.
FBI Laboratory
Washington, D.C.

Jay Fisher with fine handmade sword blade in Sharp Instinct Studio
A Fine Craftsman

Named "The Best Living Knife Maker" in the 2007 Best of the West Sourcebook by True West Publications

"Many fine knifemakers exist in the world. Some Excel at making weapons, others at creating art. At his Sharp Instinct Studio in Clovis, New Mexico, Jay Fisher does both. In the blade business since 1988, Fisher makes knives, many featuring gemstone handles, for collectors, museums and people who really know how to use 'em (101st Airborne, Special Forces, USAF Pararescue)."

--from the 2007 Best of the West magazine

More information about Jay Fisher

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Home Page Where's My Knife, Jay? Current Tactical Knives for Sale The Awe of the Blade Knife Patterns My Photography
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My Mission My Knife Prices All Tactical, Combat Knives Investment, Collector's Knives Copyright and Knives Photographic Images
The Finest Knives and You How To Order Counterterrorism Knives Daggers Knife Anatomy  
Featured Knives: Page One Purchase Finished Knives  Professional, Military Commemoratives Swords Custom Knives  
Featured Knives: Page Two Order Custom Knives USAF Pararescue Knives Folding Knives Modern Knifemaking Technology My Writing
Featured Knives: Page Three Knife Sales Policy USAF Pararescue "PJ- Light" Chef's Knives Factory vs. Handmade Knives First Novel
Featured Knives: Older/Early Bank Transfers  27th Air Force Special Operations  Food Safety, Kitchen, Chef's Knives Six Distinctions of Fine Knives Second Novel
Email Jay Fisher Custom Knife Design Fee Khukris: Combat, Survival, Art Hunting Knives Knife Styles Knife Book
Contact, Locate Jay Fisher Delivery Times The Best Combat Locking Sheath Working Knives Jay's Internet Stats  
FAQs My Shipping Method Grip Styles, Hand Sizing Khukris The 3000th Term Videos
Current, Recent Works, Events Business of Knifemaking Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories Skeletonized Knives Best Knife Information and Learning About Knives  
Client's News and Info   Military Knife Care Serrations Cities of the Knife Links
Who Is Jay Fisher?   Serrations Knife Sheaths Knife Maker's Marks  
Jay Fisher's Family   Concealed Carry and Knives Knife Stands and Cases How to Care for Custom Knives Site Table of Contents
Top 22 Reasons to Buy     Handles, Bolsters, Guards Knife Making Instruction  
My Knifemaking History     Knife Handles: Gemstone Larger Monitors and Knife Photos  
What I Do And Don't Do     Gemstone Alphabetic List New Materials  
CD ROM Archive     Knife Handles: Woods Knife Shop/Studio, Page 1  
Publications, Publicity     Knife Handles: Horn, Bone, Ivory Knife Shop/Studio, Page 2  
Testimonials, Letters and Emails     Knife Handles: Manmade Materials    
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1    Blades and Steels Knife Embellishment     
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2   Blades     
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3 Knife Blade Testing  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4   440C: A Love/Hate Affair      
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 5   ATS-34: Chrome/Moly Tough      
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 6   D2: Wear Resistance King      
The Curious Case of the "Sandia"   O1: Oil Hardened Blued Beauty      
The Sword, the Veil, the Legend Elasticity, Stiffness, Stress,
and Strain in Knife Blades
Professional Knife Consultant Heat Treating and
Cryogenic Processing of
Knife Blade Steels