Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
Quality Without Compromise
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Millions of years have passed since man first noticed that a sharp flake of obsidian, flint, or agate could cut. No one knows when the birth of the cutting edge took place; it is enough to understand that the knife was man’s first tool, predating modern man (Homo sapiens sapiens). No image, figure or shape would carve his destiny so profoundly, and even today every item and component of everything we touch, eat, wear, or drive has at one time been touched by a cutting edge. We humans, without fang or claw, will always require our essential edge, and are simply naked without it. We are a creature that cuts and shapes things: our food, our clothing, our shelters, our very environment and attitudes are based on our ability to create, and that ability's first and foremost tool is the cutting edge.
--from my "Blades" 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:||559 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)|
|July 2016's most visited pages on this site:||Knife Patterns, Knife Anatomy, Grip Styles and Hand Sizing, Knives for Sale, Wood Knife Handles, Blades, Tactical Knives for Sale, Featured Knives, Counterterrorism Knives, All Tactical, Military, and Combat Knives, Knife Prices, Knife Handles, Bolsters, Guards, and Fittings, Knife Sheaths, 440C Love/Hate, Folding Knives, Horn, Bone, and Ivory Knife Handle Materials, Manmade Knife Handle Materials, Gemstone Knife Handles, 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 July 2016 search terms that led you here:||Jay Fisher, knife handle designs, Jay Fisher knives, knife parts, knifemaking business model, kerambit, knife patterns, custom folding knives, knife anatomy, best wood knife handles, the hooded warrior Jay Fisher knife, knife dagger design, 440C knife steel, best steel for knife guards, O1 knife blades, D2 knife blades|
|Interesting term used to access the site 60 times in July:||"usaf pararescue pjfz" Someone's very interested in my "USAF Pararescue FZ!" I think someone is going for a record, and this is their entrance page...|
|Another interesting term used 20 times to access the site in July:||"where to buy different grade steel for knife making in india" While there is a lot of information on this website, I do not have this information on steel suppliers in a country on the other side of the world!|
|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!|
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."
"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
|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|