Knipschield Custom Knives

He makes high-end leather knives from either ATS-34 or CPM154CM. Both of these steels are high carbon stainless steels, containing 1% or more carbon in their alloys. The blades are heat treated to a hardness of around RC-60. He uses cocobolo for the handles with a brass bolster, and works hard to develop the right edge geometry for these knives; all the head knives have a tapered, convex, or ‘apple seed’ edge to them. The straight or trim knives are either flat or hollow ground but with a slight convex grind at the edge. He is located in Rochester, MN.