Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
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The neat thing about how we are made is that God made each one of us entirely different. No one has seen the same thing, experienced the same thing, or has the same ideas. I don't believe He wants us to simply copy each other blindly; I believe He wants us to grow and flourish individually, on our own path. We have unique experiences with unique clients and patrons as well; this is not simply chance, but intention by forces greater than we can know. I do believe we are here for a reason, and whether that reason is to inspire, direct, or develop, these are certainties we all share. In having this relatively short gift of life, I believe we are expected to grow and contribute using our own unique being and connections as a guide. We are fortunate indeed, to be alive in a time when all of this is possible.
--from my "Knife Styles" 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: 20 years on the web|
|Number of active pages on this website:||555 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)|
|April 2016's most visited pages on this site:||Knife Patterns, Knife Anatomy, Knives for Sale, Blades, Wood Knife Handles, Tactical Knives for Sale, Grip Styles and Hand Sizing, Featured Knives, Counterterrorism Knives, Knife Prices, Knife Handles, Bolsters, Guards, and Fittings, Manmade Knife Handle Materials, 440C Love/Hate, Folding Knives, Heat Treating and Cryogenic Processing of Knife Blade Steels|
|My first knife made in:||1979 (37 years experience)|
|Full time professional knifemaker since:||1988 (full time for 28 years) This is my real job!|
|Top April 2016 search terms that led you here:||Jay Fisher knives, Jay Fisher knives for sale, Jay Fisher, karambit, knife designs, knife templates, knife patterns, custom knife sheath, knife parts names, parts of a knife, custom knife sheaths, parts of a blade, custom knife handles, handmade knives for sale, best wood for knife handles|
|Interesting term used to access the site17 times:||"How hard is annealed 440C?" Oh, that's easy. It's about Rockwell 5 on the C scale; yep that's HRC5 fully annealed and spheroidized. More about that.|
|Most interesting thing you probably do not know about me:||I have a piece in the Tower of London|
|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|
|Another interesting thing you probably do not know about me:||I'm a writer! Completed one novel, writing another, and writing a book on the modern knifemaker. Check it out here!|
|Important point (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|
|Significant Data:||The detailed knife definitions section on my Knife Anatomy Page now has 300 specific terms!|
"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.
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 Enchanted Spirits 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
The worldwide best-selling author Tom Clancy says:
"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."
|Home Page||Where's My Knife, Jay?||Current Tactical Knives for Sale||The Awe of the Blade||Blades||My Photography|
|Website Overview||Current Knives for Sale||Tactical, Combat Knife Portal||Museum Pieces||Knife Anatomy||Photographic Services|
|My Mission||My Knife Prices||All Tactical, Combat Knives||Investment, Collector's Knives||Custom Knives||Photographic Images|
|The Finest Knives and You||How To Order||Counterterrorism Knives||Daggers||Modern Knifemaking Technology|
|Featured Knives: Page One||Purchase Finished Knives||Professional, Military Commemoratives||Swords||Knife Patterns|
|Featured Knives: Page Two||Order Custom Knives||USAF Pararescue Knives||Folding Knives||Knife Pattern Alphabetic List||My Writing|
|Featured Knives: Page Three||Knife Sales Policy||USAF Pararescue "PJ- Light"||Chef's Knives||New Materials||First Novel|
|Featured Knives: Older/Early||Bank Transfers||27th Air Force Special Operations||Hunting Knives||Factory vs. Handmade Knives||Second Novel|
|Email Jay Fisher||Custom Knife Design Fee||Khukris: Combat, Survival, Art||Working Knives||Six Distinctions of Fine Knives||Knife Book|
|Contact, Locate Jay Fisher||Delivery Times||The Best Combat Locking Sheath||Khukris||Knife Styles|
|FAQs||My Shipping Method||Grip Styles, Hand Sizing||Business of Knifemaking||Videos|
|Current, Recent Works, Events||Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories||Jay's Internet Stats|
|Client's News and Info||Military Knife Care||The 3000th Term||Links|
|Who Is Jay Fisher?||Serrations||Serrations|
|Top 22 Reasons to Buy||Concealed Carry and Knives||Skeletonized Knives||Site Table of Contents|
|My Knifemaking History||Handles, Bolsters, Guards|
|James Beauchamp Collaboratives||Knife Handles: Gemstone|
|Etienne Beauchamp Collaboratives||Gemstone Alphabetic List|
|My Family||Knife Handles: Woods|
|What I Do And Don't Do||Knife Handles: Horn, Bone, Ivory|
|CD ROM Archive||Knife Handles: Manmade Materials|
|Publications, Publicity||Knife Sheaths|
|Letters and Emails||Knife Stands and Cases|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1||Knife Embellishment|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2||Knife Maker's Marks|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3||How to Care for Custom Knives|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4||Knife Making Instruction|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 5||Larger Monitors and Knife Photos|
|Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 6||Copyright and Knives|
|440C: A Love/Hate Affair|
|ATS-34: Chrome/Moly Tough|
|D2: Wear Resistance King|
|O1: Oil Hardened Blued Beauty|
|Knife Blade Testing|
|Cities of the Knife|
Heat Treating and
Cryogenic Processing of
Knife Blade Steels
|Knife Shop/Studio, Page 1|