There are some things you should consider before ordering your custom IMK knife. The knives we make are custom made to order, and because of this you have some flexibility in the choices of materials used in the construction of your knife. The photos, descriptions and specifications on this site are suggestions that can be used in the design and construction of your knife, but you are not restricted only to our ideas.
There are many materials available today for use in knife construction and design. Some are specifically appropriate for a collectable work of art, and some are better suited to utility and functionality. Do you plan to carry it on your belt and on the job, and if so, depending on the severity of your profession, it may need to be more durable than a collector item. By helping us understand the purpose and uses for your knife, we can offer suggestions on design and the most appropriate materials for its construction.Currently, it will take about six months for the completion of your order using standard materials we have on hand and a design based on one of our standard designs. If your knife requires special/unusual materials or additional engineering, a deposit at the time of your order will be necessary. A few weeks prior to the completion of your order, we will contact you about the balance of payment for your knife.
We work with ATS-34 and 440-C steels. Both of these metals are considered high quality cutlery steels and are very corrosion resistant. Both will hold a very sharp edge, and are easy to re-sharpen. No matter how “stainless” knife steel may be, if mishandled, it can develop a stain or corrosion. With this in mind it is best to store your knife in a safe place out of the sheath. Conceivably a sheath can trap moisture and set the stage for the development for corrosion. It is also a good idea to wipe the knife on occasion with a soft fabric cloth with silicone spray or WD-40. Paper towel is actually an abrasive and can scratch the finish on a fine mirror polish. So always use the soft cloth instead.Stabilized materials like wood, bone or horn for example, are very beautiful and quite tough. However, phenol based materials like Micarta and G-10 are hard to beat in a “work-a-day world” type environment. For heavy-industry environments, the substances that will come into contact with your knife may also determine design elements and materials. Additionally, there are many color options available in these differing materials that can add to the unique character of your knife. I like to work with leather, and I like the product it produces. Leather is flexible, durable and can be hand tooled to create a very attractive looking sheath. A knife draws quietly from a leather sheath and leather is very friendly to mirror polished metals.
Kydex has become very popular with tactical knife owners, and is very durable. Kydex is popular because it makes for a great delivery system, providing a quick draw deployment of the knife. Kydex does have a tendency to lightly scratch the surface of the knife. Normally, we wouldn’t recommend putting mirror polished knives into kydex sheaths. A satin finish performs better with kydex, however there is no getting around the light scratching.
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