Fine Quality Handmade Knives
for Field and Forest, Kitchen and Workshop
“A man who works with his hands is a labourer; a man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman; a man who works with his hands, head and heart is an artist”
by Louis Nizer
Seiyo Pettys in their sayas
Made in DS93X pattern welded steel
DS93X pattern welded steel; silver mounted antler
Thank you for visiting my website.
I am Tim Chilcott and I am a designer and bladesmith. I have spent 40 years as a craftsman, formerly as a silversmith and latterly making knives. I am proud of my meticulous eye for detail and range of skills that my time as a silversmith brought me but believe I have found my true vocation – making excellent tools for talented craftspeople and outdoorsmen and women.
When you look through the various pages you will discover the items I have for sale in stock; items you will be able to order as bespoke versions and a Gallery of past work and commissions that I have undertaken.
Why Handmade Knives?
When you buy a hand made knife you aren’t simply buying sharpened steel, despite the majority of a knife’s performance coming from the steel. Other than forged Damascus, you can get just about any steel you want in a production blade. Custom knives will utilise good steel, as there isn’t an incentive to cut costs with cheap steel and other materials. This is because the major cost in handmade knives is in the craftsman’s labour.
With my handmade knives you get a handmade piece of functional art. Even my stock knives are all individually made; I look at the materials I have and make a decision about how best to use them. Perhaps a piece of beautiful English yew needs to be cut in a very particular way to suit the knife I’m working on. When I enter into a discussion with my clients about a commissioned knife they have in mind they have control over the design process and materials.
What you pay for in a custom knife is a level of refinement. The grinds are crisp, the edges sharper, the handles more contoured. I have toiled over this knife, so the results are a more polished.