Welcome to Frap’s Knives

fraps14Thank you for visiting my website.  I have been making knives since 1997 and full time since 1998. I’ve been a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild since 2002 and was made a voting member at the 2004 show.

I specialize in using to collecting grade linerlock folders (as invented by Michael Walker) and using to collecting grade slipjoint folders, both single and multi-blade.

I spend the time to make the fit and finish as good as I possibly can. The blades must be centered and the grind lines must be precise. I’m not satisfied until the action is smooth and the lockup is solid for my linerlocks. Slipjoint knives “walk and talk” well or they don’t leave my shop.  Currently, I utilize the stock removal method and use heat colored, anodized and etched finishes. I use blade materials such as ATS-34, 154CM and S30V stainless steel, Talonite, and Stellite 6K.  I also utilize Damascus by top craftsmen such as Devin Thomas, Mike Norris, Robert Eggerling, and George Werth.  For bolsters, I like Titanium, Stainless, Damascus, and Timascus (as invented by Tom Ferry, Bill Cottrell and Chuck Bybee).

I prefer natural handle materials such as mammoth ivory, pearl, ram’s horn, jigged bone and stag, but will work with you to produce the folder you want with G-10, carbon fiber, or micarta as well.

The price for my knives is a function of cost of materials, time required to make it, and overhead to produce the knife and keep this wonderful business going.

I feel very lucky to have had some great knifemaking mentors and teachers who are now friends because of our mutual involvement in the craft of knifemaking. In a craft where learning never stops, other makers as well as collectors have been a great help with their willingness to share information, ideas, and suggestions.

Each year, I attend at least the Blade Show in Atlanta, The Knifemakers Guild Show in Orlando, The Koval (Greater Ohio Valley) Show in Columbus, Ohio, The Chicago Custom Knife Show, and The Las Vegas Custom Knife Show.

In addition to the knives I take to shows, and those represented in the AVAILABLE and GALLERY sections of this site, BladeGallery.com and Custom Knife Gallery Of Colorado make my knives availableI believe in supporting those organizations who support the art and craft of knifemaking and am affiliated with the following:

Knifemakers’ Guild

American Bladesmith Society

American Knife And Tool Institute (AKTI) Member # BA15

Professional Knifemakers Association

I work in a one-man shop and you can be assured that my knives are made utilizing no more complex equipment than hand operated power tools.

I do purchase fasteners, some pivot pins, Damascus billets, Timascus billets, heat treat services and custom jigged bone slabs from quality providers. My knives are then handmade by me in compliance with almost anyone’s definition of handmade, including The Knifemakers’ Guild definition of handmade.

As for knives for sale, if it is in the AVAILABLE area of this site, the knife should be presently available.

If you would like to have me make a custom pattern for you, we need to discuss the knife, the time frame to build the knife, and depending on the uniqueness and value of the materials to be utilized, the appropriateness of a deposit.

I take Master Card and Visa in addition to checks or cash.

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