Handmade Knives

My kitchen has every kind of knife you could possibly ever need or use and a lot of them are handmade by my husbands Uncle Holl.  The knives stay sharp but most of them are larger knives so I have to buy smaller paring knives.  I usually buy them online at LEM’s and they are a very good quality knife.  Here are some photos of the knives that Uncle Holl made:

Knives made by Uncle Holl
Knives made by Uncle Holl
The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm.  The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.
The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm. The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.
This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.
This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.
I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.
I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.
Close up of the knife I use the most.
Close up of the knife I use the most.
Bigger butcher knife
Bigger butcher knife

We have two knives that a friend of ours made and the handle is made from a deer antler and the jaw bone of a black bear.  The paring knife fits my hand perfectly and the one from the bear jar will be place in the living room on an easel for everyone to see.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle.
Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle and made by Mike Duncan.

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Knife with a bear jaw handle.
Knife with a bear jaw handle made by Mike Duncan.
Handmade case for the knife
Handmade case for the knife
The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.
The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

Just goes to show you can re-purpose almost anything.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

4 thoughts on “Handmade Knives”

  1. My God – you have had a burst! Is it the weather?? All those blogs for today.
    I’ll comment on this one as it would have been “dear” to my father’s heart. Dad was a knife perfectionist – knives for all things and sharpened to the very dangerous side. I am sure he would have made a great butcher, he certainly loved going into butcher shops are checking their knives – not real sure if they were overwhelmed with this business – ha ha. Mother would just cringe with embarrassment and we, kids, would do a quick exit from the shop.
    I am sure if there is a heaven he is happily up there madly cutting up meat and sharpening knives.

    You will have omlettes coming out your ears – do you keep all the eggs or sell some?

    DVD’s to be catalogued??? I see you noted my collection so I am eagerly awaiting your effort.

    Brisbane time: 12.22 pm Thursday 27th.
    Clouds are slowly building up on all sides – just MAYBE???

    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. I had a two month shut down for family issues and am playing “catch-up”. You’ll notice that most of them were more pictures than words. I’ll make up for that in later posts.
      It’s absolutely frigid this morning and 14* at my house with the wind howling. I wore my extra down filled coat it’s so frigid!!

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      1. Yep just checked Richmond, Va. weather for today – too cold for me.
        46 F. max.!!!! I think I would hibernate to bed.
        Good old “Huey” has decided to open the taps – It is raining gently and may on and off all weekend.

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        1. Colin
          It was 5* degrees when I left home at 7:00 this morning. It’s really cold. Going to tap our maple trees tomorrow morning and see how well the sap is running and possibly start gathering sap. My quiet weekend may have just ended. 🙂

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