Frequently Asked Questions


I get a lot of questions about everything from how to custom order a knife to how to use knives and how to start in a career of knife making.

I will try to answer as many of these questions as I can on this page and keep adding to it as new ones come in!



 

What can you make blades and handles out of?

The blades themselves can be made out of steel, simple carbon steel, stainless steels, crucible stainless steels, titanium, Damascus and stainless Damascus, and non-magnetic cobalt alloys -- Stelite and Talonite.

The handles can be common and exotic woods, synthetics such as G10 and micarta, bone, ivory, pearl, coral, stag, carbon fiber, ray skin, acrylics, stabilized wood and titanium. If you don't see something listed here that you want to use, just ask. I can probably do it for you.

How long does it take?

The more standard designs can be created in three weeks. Custom orders can take much longer, as materials can take some time to source and ship and the process itself can take a long time, particularly with more exotic materials and techniques. However, the wait is worth it if you want a blade that is uncompromising in its artistry and quality.

What do I need to provide you with?

All I need is for you to tell me what you have in mind. I will create a preliminary drawing of your piece and have it back to you in one to two weeks. At that point you can review it and agree to the terms, price and give me the go ahead to produce your order.

What if I don't like the end result?

If there is a question of craftsmanship, return it and it will be made right. If you decide you didn't like the design after approving it at the preliminary drawing stage, I can't accept it as a return. That said, if you really don't want the knife, we will attempt to make connections for you on the Folts Knife collectible market where you can complete the sale. We don't handle sales for you, however. It is entirely between you and the collecting market.

How do I care for them?

Since the materials vary so much, the kind of care required differs too. When you receive your order, you will also receive specific care instructions so that you can keep your Folts blade in perfect working order and in like new condition for years to come. Because of their superior quality, they are easy to take care of.

Do you make swords?

You bet. These are done on a commission basis. I can do all manners of swords, including Japanese, European, historical and fantasy weapons of your own (or my) design.

What kind of deposit is required?

For standard designs and standard materials, no deposit is required. If you are having a custom piece designed and produced, I require a 50% deposit before the work begins. If extremely exotic materials are used, you may need to place an additional deposit for acquisition of these materials. If this is the case, I will let you know ahead of time.

How strong are your blades?

It depends on the knife and materials used, obviously. If you ordered a combat knife, it will have different characteristics than a small lanyard knife. Each knife is designed with a specific purpose in mind and the materials used, strength and loads are all factored into their manufacture. That said, no knife should ever be used for prying or as a screwdriver, unless you had it made with that in mind.

Is there a right and wrong way to use titanium blades

While titanium does not corrode, rust or discolor from chemicals, like steel will, it has to be treated differently when cutting things. Titanium can be used to cut just about anything, but it performs differently than steel as a cutting tool. First, it will cut things softer than it is. But, where steel has tendencies of wear resistance, titanium does not. So, the edge will wear down more quickly when used on hard objects because of how thin it is. Also, with titanium you should use a draw cut (draw the blade across the material to cut) where steel can do a push cut (pushing the blade down on something to cut through). I coat the back of my ti blades with carbide to try and limit the wear on the fine edge.

 

 

 



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