Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker

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"Pallene" khukri, obverse side view in CPM154CM High molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand engraved, with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Brecciated Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin, hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base

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Made In The United States of America, World Class

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Constructing counterterrorism tactical knife sheaths

Building knife sheaths for actual counterterrorism knife users is a very involved affair, particularly when they are one of the top counterterrorism units in the world. It's a great honor to make these knives and sheaths, and have them evaluated, used, and depended upon for counterterrorism operations. I write about this in depth on my Counterterrorism Knives page.

My military and CT clients demand the most durable, functional, and sometimes elaborate sheath assemblies possible. They need them to function flawlessly, with adaptive arrangements and mountings that interface with a variety of equipment they may have depending on the specific mission. In this photo, I'm building a group of sheaths with their accessories.

While it looks like a mess, it's all very clear to me. The knife that each sheath is being made for is grouped with the sheath, as are all the belt loops, footman's loops, horizontal belt loop plates, LIMA, and HULA lamp accessories. The plastic trays (actually lids) contain the associated stainless steel hardware and fittings for each unit.

There are never enough benches in the studio. Real estate is at a premium here, and a flat workbench will always be covered with a project. It then becomes paramount that everything has a final resting place, a home, so that after a job like this is done, all those necessary small bits and pieces and tools can find their own home and the bench can be cleared for the next project(s). As the studio evolves, storage and organization becomes a critical and vital operational aspect. Most people don't realize how organization of a facility can mean functional progress, or crippling failure and time wasting, as tools are misplaced, scattered, or mis-associated. What I mean by mis-associated is being used for another task, and not available in the room or current task at hand.

One of the neatest compliments one visitor to the shop gave was unusual. She took a look around and claimed, "What organization!" Of course, all I could see is that I needed to vacuum the floor...

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)
June 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, Counterterrorism Knives, Knife Handles, Bolsters, Guards, and Fittings, Knife Sheaths, Knife Prices, All Tactical, Military, and Combat Knives, 440C Love/Hate, Featured Knives, Manmade Knife Handle Materials, Folding Knives, Gemstone Knife Handles
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 June 2016 search terms that led you here: Jay Fisher, knife designs, karambit, knife design, Jay Fisher knives, knife templates, Jay Fisher knives for sale, parts of a knife, knife parts names, knife patterns, knife holds, 440C parts of a knife
Interesting term used to access the site 53 times in June: "usaf pararescue pjfz"  Someone's very interested in my "USAF Pararescue FZ!"
Another interesting term used 30 times to access the site in June: Knifemaking Business Model: That's easy! Just make a knife and sell it, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat... (if only it were that simple) More about the Business of Knifemaking
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!
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
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 Enchanted Spirits 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 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

"Dragonslayer" and slaying the black dragon of cancer, made to honor Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Head of Oncology, National Institutes of Health
An Artist

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."

--Tom Clancy

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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