Available Knives
by Stuart Kendig
 
 
"Life is too short to carry an ordinary knife"
Variations of all these knives are available upon request. Please email inquireies to kendig@hardyhems.com.

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Utility Knife with oak and black Corian handle and leather sheath.      $399
This knife is 7 7/8" long with a 3 1/2" long cutting edge. The steel ia 154Cm and is polished to a mirror finish. The bolsters are black corian which is also polished to a gleaming finish. The bolsters are pinned with stainless steel pins. The handle is fishook oak which has been stabilized to enhance the durability of the wood. The mosaic pins are nickle rods with a center black resin star. This knife has a great feel in your hand and is 11/16" thick.  The file pattern on the blade starts out much like the vine pattern but the diagonal slashes give it a very modern look. If you could only have one general purpose knife this is a versatile knife with a large handle that gives you precise control of an excellent edge.

The pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather stamped with a leaf pattern and custom fitted to the knife for a secure fit. The deep chocolate color contrasts with the rich golden color of the wood scales. The sheath has a belt loop which can accommodate a belt up to 1/1/2" wide. The finger pull on the knife handle makes removal of the knife from the sheath a smooth process.
 

Chef's Knife with stabilized wood handle and 440C stainless blade and bolster     $219 for 13" and $199 for 11"

If you cook, you need a high quality tool that makes the work a pleasure. I use the 11" version for almost all food prep tasks, and use the larger knife for only the largest carving jobs. Knife has a flat tapered grind for the full depth of the 1/8" think blade. The bolsters are each 3/16" thick and this makes a large, comfortable handle. These handles are double dyed, stabilized Box Elder burl. The wood handles are fastedned with adhesive and also two stainless steel pins and a 1/4" nickle mosic pin. Wood handles are also dovetailed into the stainless steel bolsters.

Available as a pair or individually. See below for other wood handle options. Filework is not included on these knifes. As with all professional cutlery, do not machine wash.

 

 

9" Slip Joint Knife with burl handle and leather sheath..... $525

1/8" stainless steel blade with 3/32" stainless liners and 3/16" stainless bolsters. Bleade length is 3 3/4", folded knife length is 5'. Filework on blade and liners is modern interpretation of the vine pattern. Burl handle is a stabilized burl attached with 3 stainless steel pins and bolster dovetail.

Knife is furnished with handmade and fitted black leather sheath. This is a very useful everyday tool that is elegant and a true work of art. This larger than many folding knives but it is comfortable to wear on your belt or will make a propud addition to your collection.

 

9" Slip Joint Knife with burl handle and leather sheath......$525

1/8" stainless steel blade with 3/32" stainless liners and 3/16" stainless bolsters. Bleade length is 3 3/4", folded knife length is 5'. Filework on blade and liners is modern interpretation of the vine pattern. Burl handle is a stabilized burl attached with 3 stainless steel pins and bolster dovetail.

Knife is furnished with handmade and fitted black leather sheath. This is a very useful everyday tool that is elegant and a true work of art. This larger than many folding knives but it is comfortable to wear on your belt or will make a propud addition to your collection.

 

5 3/4" Fixed Blade with leather sheath.........$325

This is a small knife with a 3" blade made from CPM 154 1/8" stainless steel. The handle design (place your 3rd finger in the stainless steel ring) accomodates a large hand on a small knife. The handle is a unique design with a comfortable feel and a secure grip. When the knife is worn in the custom leather sheath it is an inconspicuous but handy tool. The stabilized Box Elder burl handle is pinned to the full tang with 3 stainless pins and secured by the stainless steel bolster. The blade, tang and visible ring are cut from a solid piece of steel using a waterjet machine.

 

This is a unique design with hand crafted filework on the blade and a custom fitted sheath. The face of the sheath is hand tooled

 

5 3/4" Fixed Blade with leather sheath.........SOLD

This is a small knife with a 3" blade made from CPM 154 1/8" stainless steel. The handle design (place your 3rd finger in the stainless steel ring) accomodates a large hand on a small knife. The handle is a unique design with a comfortable feel and a secure grip. When the knife is worn in the custom leather sheath it is an inconspicuous but handy tool. The stabilized Box Elder burl handle is pinned to the full tang with 3 stainless pins and secured by the stainless steel bolster.

 

This is a unique design with hand crafted filework on the tang and a custom fitted sheath.

 
 

Utility Knife with burl and black Corian handle and leather sheath.      $399

This knife is 7 7/8" long with a 3 1/2" long cutting edge. The steel ia 154Cm and is polished to a mirror finish. The bolsters are black corian which is also polished to a gleaming finish. The bolsters are pinned with stainless steel pins. The handle is double dyed and stabilized Box Elder burl. The mosaic pins are nickle rods with a center black resin star. This knife has a great feel in your hand and is 11/16" thick.  The file pattern on the blade starts out much like the vine pattern but the diagonal slashes give it a very modern look. If you could only have one general purpose knife this is a versatile knife with a large handle that gives you precise control of an excellent edge.

The hand made pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather stamped with a leaf pattern and custom fitted to the knife for a secure fit. The black color complements the black corian. The sheath has a belt loop which can accommodate a belt up to 1/1/2" wide. The finger pull on the knife handle makes removal of the knife from the sheath a smooth process.

 

Presentation Knife with display case...$799

This is a spectular knife with an overall length of 9 3/4". The stainless steel blade is 3/16" thiick and the stainless bolsters are 1/4" thick. The handle is stabilized ebony and the scales are fastened with 3 mosic bins and dovetailed at both ends. The shape of the knife is ehnaced by the curves of the front bolsters and the appearance and feel of the knife is one of majestic elegance. The curves are also reflected in the hand carved filework on the blade.

 

The display case is hand crafted and one-of-a kind. The horizonatl wooden planks slide on the vertical cherry dovetails. The knife fits inside one of the planks and so can be displayed on the top of the case, or can be concealed beneath a solid top.

 
Daylily Dividing Knife with burl handle and stainless steel bolster. $399

This knife is designed with a sturdy 3/16" thick blade that can part dense daylily roots. It has a long blade to tackle a large root ball. The main edge is sharpened with hardened steel to maintain a keen cutting edge while the false upper edge will aid in plunging the knife into a clay encrusted root mass. The stainless steel components are 154CM steel which provide the combination of corrosion resistance and durability of the sharpened edge. The bolsters are stainless steel and are dovetailed to help secure the stabilized burl handles. An alternative choice of materials for repeated washing would be stainless steel bolsters and Micarta scales (handles). Red Micarta scales will keep you from losing this knife in the mulch pile. The overall knife length is 9 1/4" and the blade length is 4 7/8". Because this knife will likely spend a lot of time in the dirt, I do not recommend decorative filework.

Leather sheath is included with the knife and is custom fitted to provide a secure enclosure. This is a pouch style sheath with a hand tooled contrasting insert that has been dry brushed with an oil dye. The entire sheath is generously coated with Neatsfoot Oil to provide a protective finish. The sheath has a belt loop that will fit belts up to 1 1/2" wide. The finger pu;ll in the knife handle makes it easy to withdraw the knife from the fitted sheath.

 
Utility Knife with red micarta handle.        $359
This knife is 7 7/8" long with a 3 1/2" long cutting edge. The steel ia 154CM and is polished to a mirror finish. The bolsters are stainless steel which is also polished to a gleaming finish. The bolsters are pinned with stainless steel pins. The handle is red Micarta which is a synthetic laminated product that polishes to a gleaming finish and is  impervious to dirt and moisture. This knife has a great feel in your hand and is 11/16" thick.  The file pattern on the blade is on the handle between the Micarta scales. If you could only have one general purpose knife this is a versatile knife with a large handle that gives you precise control of an excellent edge.

The pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather stamped with a leaf pattern and custom fitted to the knife for a secure fit. The deep chocolate color  is dry brush painted on the leaf pattern and contrasts with the natural color of the leather. The sheath has a belt loop which can accommodate a belt up to 1/1/2" wide. The finger pull on the knife handle makes removal of the knife from the sheath a smooth process.
 
Chopper with red micarta handle $359
This knife is 8 7/8"" long with a 4 3/8" long cutting edge. The steel ia 154CM and is polished to a mirror finish.  The blade is 3/16" thick and 1/1/2" deep whcih prvides enoush heft for chopping and other hard work. The bolsters are stainless steel which is also polished to a mirror finish. The bolsters are pinned with stainless steel pins. The 5/8" thick handle is red Micarta which is a synthetic laminated product that polishes to a gleaming finish and is  impervious to dirt and moisture. The file pattern on the blade is alternating arc patterns and have a Scandinavian design feel.

The pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather stamped with a basket weave pattern and custom fitted to the knife for a secure fit. The basket weave pattern is applied diagonally which transforms the  traditional look of basket weave. The tooling pattern is done on the front and back of the sheath. The dark brown color  is also polished  until the leather shows its patina. The sheath has a belt loop which can accommodate a belt up to 1/1/2" wide. The finger pull on the knife handle makes removal of the knife from the sheath a smooth process.
 

Utility Knife with burl and black Corian handle and leather sheath.      $399

This knife is 7 7/8" long with a 3 1/2" long cutting edge. The steel ia 154Cm and is polished to a mirror finish. The bolsters are black corian which is also polished to a gleaming finish. The bolsters are pinned with stainless steel pins. The handle is double dyed and stabilized Box Elder burl. The mosaic pins are nickle rods with a center black resin star. This knife has a great feel in your hand and is 11/16" thick.  The file pattern on the blade starts out much like the vine pattern but the diagonal slashes give it a very modern look. If you could only have one general purpose knife this is a versatile knife with a large handle that gives you precise control of an excellent edge.

The hand made pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather stamped with a leaf pattern and custom fitted to the knife for a secure fit. The rich brown color complements the b The sheath has a belt loop which can accommodate a belt up to 1/1/2" wide. The finger pull on the knife handle makes removal of the knife from the sheath a smooth process.

 
 
Ranch Knife with oak handle ..........SOLD

This 81/4" knife has a substantial blade that measures from tip to bolster at 4 1/8". The steel is 154CM and is polished to a mirror finish. The blade's shape provides a comfortable thumb stop and thee blade is filed with the traditional leaf and vine pattern. The bolsters are stainless steel and their dovetail helps to mechanically secure the wooden scales. The beautiful oak scales are given an opportunity in this knife to demonstrate the beauty of natural wood. This knife is only 3/8" longer than the Utiliy knife but the blade is chunkier and measures 1 3/8 deep'

The pouch style sheath is buttery soft leather and custom fitted to secure the knife in the sheath without flaps, buttons or ties. The sheath has been tooled and then dry brush dyed to create a striking two tone pattern and color effect. Includes a 1 1/2" belt loop. Sheath is finished with neatsfoot oil .

 

Wood Scales

Most of my handles use a stabilized wood product made from wood burls. These wood burls are carved into small pieces and then are treated to stabilize and color the wood. The result is a material that is hard and dense with unique characteristics and colors. The stabilization product fills the wooden pores with resins to keep water from entering the cells and harming the wood.

My supply of wooden scales is always changing and I am always seeking new and exotic pieces. Accordingly, my inventory is limited and always changing. Many of the fantasticly colored pieces are Box Elder burls.