Gallery Of Handcrafted-Knives And Bowies. Past Custom Work




Here is a small sample of the many handcrafted-knives and bowies that I hand-made over the years at The North River Forge.

Some are made using the hand-forged method while others are by stock removal.




Hand-crafted, crown antler belt knife with a rawhide ferrule. 4 1/4" blade, 8 1/2" overall. Frontier style sheath, rawhide over veg-tan leather. Decorated with a deer hide fringe and trade beads.

Large Bowie knife with an antler grip. Rawhide ferrule and file worked blade. Overall this knife is 14 5/8" long.

Belt/Camp Knife with spalted elm scales. 10 1/4" overall.

#K64 French pistol grip belt knife. Decorated with a rawhide and cord ferrule and brass tacks. Aged blade with hammer and forge marks. 9 1/8" overall.

#K50 Belt knife. Weathered maple scales. Rawhide and cord ferrule. 10 1/8" overall.

Big bowie. I custom-made this large knife for a customer in Australia from 1/4" thick O-1 tool steel. Brass lined lanyard hole, amboyna burl scales and file work.

Period hunter with iron bolsters, brass lined lanyard hole and spalted maple scales. Filework on spine of blade. Frontier style sheath with a partial wrap of buffalo hide and linework. Knife is 7 1/2" long overall.



hand-forged period rifleman's knife

#K14 Rifleman's Knife Crown antler grip. Rawhide wrap. Hidden tang secured with two brass pins. (under wrap) Filework. 13 1/4" overall. A beautiful period style knife.

French pistol grip trade knife with curly maple scales.

Hudson's Bay hand-forged roach belly knife with hammer marks and curly maple scales.

French belt knife. Black walnut scales with cross hatching. Frontier sheath.

#K78 Pistol Grip Bowie Knife A good size Bowie with nice grainy curly maple scales. Rawhide and cord ferrule with brass pins. 11 3/4" overall. Beautiful filework on spine.

#K26 Frontier Hunter. Period style knife with iron bolsters, antler scales and filework. 1095 high carbon steel blade. Knife is 8 1/2" long overall.

Kephart belt knife. Curly maple scales. 9" overall.

#K125 Indian Trade Knife. Curly maple scales. A beautiful period style knife with file work and hammer marks. 9" long overall. Comes with a leather sheath with a partial deer hide wrap.

#K101 Frontier Hunter. Outstanding period style knife with a hand forged lanyard. Rawhide and cord ferrule. Hickory scales. Fileworked blade. Frontier sheath with a rawhide wrap over veg-tan leather. Deer hide fringe and brass tacks. A nice frontier piece. Very sharp blade forged from an antique file with some file teeth still visible. Knife is 8 5/8" long overall including the lanyard.

#K113 French Pistol Grip Belt Knife. Period style custom knife with curly maple scales, secured with four solid brass pins. File work on spine. 11 1/2" long overall. 1095 high carbon steel blade. Frontier style sheath with a rawhide wrap over veg tan leather, decorated with a deerhide fringe and brass tacks.

#K112 Frontier Bowie Knife. Turned hickory grip. Iron ferrule and finger guard. 12 7/8" long overall. Hand forged from an antique file. Some file teeth are still visible. Leather sheath. Filework on spine of blade.

#K128 French Pistol Grip Hunter. Pistol grip with aged/weathered maple scales. Filework. 1095 high carbon steel. Decorated frontier style sheath with a partial buffalo hide wrap over veg-tan leather. Brass tacks. Knife is 9 1/8" long overall.

#K126 Frontier Hunter. A nice size hunter with grainy curly maple scales. Rawhide and cord ferrule with brass pins. 8 1/2" overall.(not including lanyard)- Beautiful filework on the spine. Forged lanyard. Hammer and forge marks. Leather sheath with a partial wrap of deerhide and brass tacks.

#K137 French Pistol Grip Belt Knife. Pistol grip with curly maple scales. Filework. 1095 high carbon steel. Moose hide wrap over veg-tan leather sheath. Knife is 9" long overall.

#K139 French Pistol Grip Belt Knife. Period style custom knife with hickory scales, secured with four solid brass pins and a rawhide/cord ferrule. File work on spine. 11 5/8" long overall. 1095 high carbon steel blade with hammer marks. Frontier style sheath with a partial deerhide wrap over veg tan leather, decorated with brass tacks.

#K157 Crown Antler Long Knife. Period style long knife. 13" overall. Filework on blade. Partial tang. Crown antler grip with rawhide/cord ferrule. Partial deerhide wrap over a veg-tan leather sheath with brass tacks.

#K159 Small Hunter. A nice size hunter with curly maple scales. Rawhide and cord ferrule with iron pins. 7 1/2" overall. Beautiful filework on the spine. Hammer and forge marks. Rawhide over veg tan leather sheath, decorated with brass tacks and a deerhide fringe.



Curly maple trail knife. 8 7/8" overall.

Hand-forged-knife. Crown antler patch knife with hammer marks.

Hudson's Bay roach belly with walnut crotch scales. 9 3/8" overall.

Curly maple skinner

Hand-crafted camp bowie. 5160 steel. Curly maple scales.



Large pistol grip French trade knife. Curly maple scales. 13" overall.

Hand-forged frontier belt knife with hammer marks. Curly maple.

Mountain man bowie. Antler grip and leather wrap.

Heavy duty belt knife. White oak scales.

Old style hunter hand-forged from an antique file. Curly maple.

Hand-forged frontier hunter with hammer marks.

Dirk with turned grip in osage orange. Through tang with iron end cap. Knife is 9 3/4" long overall.



Crown antler belt knife with a frontier style sheath.

Hand-forged knife with deer leg bone grip, rawhide wrap and hammer marks.

Coffin handled Bowie with curly maple scales and a brass lined lanyard hole.

Pistol grip belt knife. Black cherry scales. 9" overall.

Frontier belt knife. Walnut crotch scales.

#K43 French trade knife. Curly maple scales with brass tacks and pins. Frontier rawhide sheath.




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