|I began making
knives in Phoenix AZ in 1973, when I met a great knife
maker, D’alton Holder, who was willing to impart his
knowledge and experience. He gave me a scrap piece of 1095
to start experimenting with… and I constructed my first
knife. Over time we became good friends, and he was generous
enough to share his passion and knife making techniques,
helping me learn the art of custom knife making. After 34
years, I’m still at it, and still get a great deal of
enjoyment from making high quality knives, 100% entirely by
hand, from my own designs.
I construct knives using the stock removal method, hollow
ground from quality bar stock, mostly full tang style. I use
440C as my main knife steel, (heat treated by Paul Bos of
Post Falls ID, Rc 58-60), and I also use 5/16” thick high
carbon tool steel for my tactical knives, with a “KG systems
Gun Coat” finish.
I like using 416SS for my bolsters, and pins. For the
handles I use various types of materials, such as stabilized
woods, horn, bone and Micarta. The sheaths I make are of the
pouch type, made from 9-10 oz leather, wet formed, hand
stitched and tooled.
I belong to the NWKC in Washington, and the OKCA in Oregon.
I sell my knives mainly at knife shows. At this time, I do
not take orders, but offer to sell what ever I have in
stock. I welcome any inquiries, and can e-mail photos.
I hope you enjoy my custom knives as much as I enjoy making
them. I sincerely appreciate your interest in R.Clark
R. Clark Custom Knives
Lake Stevens Wa,98258