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19 Nov

Hi Jay,

Got the knife last night and we are so happy with how it turned out! It looks even better than I had imagined and feels great in the hand. Superb craftsmanship!

My mother is very pleased and my family is looking forward to passing it down to the next generations.

If I ever need other fixed blade work or know anybody that does, I’ll be sure to send them your way.

Thanks so much for knocking this out of the park for me!

Kind Regards,


11 Apr

I received the boot knife you made for me. I have to be honest, the quality and craftsmanship are far more than I expected. The knife is exactly what I wanted. Its good to know you can still buy something and get more than your moneys worth. Thanks again for the perfect knife.

Jay Harrington


25 Mar

just to let you know that the knife made it safe and sound. I am so impressed with the final product…just perfect…great workmanship! I am so glad I listened to your suggestions. ..the final design took what I thought I wanted way past what I thought possible…all with your help and craftsmanship.well done!

I look forward to my next ordered now…maybe the Persian fighter I am thinking.
be well, take care and stay safe,
Gord Maxwell


25 Mar

Thank you so so much. You’ve really honored both Mr. Randal – who I believe built this knife and would be happy to know it’s back in shape and you’ve honored the kind lady that gifted a bratty kid with a gift he didn’t understand or appreciate. Really, I don’t feel guilty any more.

I’m sending you some comparison pics.
Before and After


09 Mar

Jay, thanks so much for the beautiful job you did on the Bowie my grandfather left me. Wherever he is, I’m sure he appreciates it too! The ratttlesnake sheath with the leather was definitely the way to go. Absolutely beautiful.. The restoration of the handle is superb as well as the satin restoration of the blade. It’s a beautiful piece now that I can also use as I hike and camp around the northeast of the US.

All the very best, Lex

Bowie Sheath Repair

Bowie Repair


29 Nov
Hello Jay,
My Trailmaster arrived this past Friday.  What an extraordinary piece!  I’m very pleased and quite confident it will be put to good use for many generations.  It really is a mountain man’s blade!  Perhaps I’ll have another project for you in the future, and I will certainly recommend you to anyone I encounter along the way looking for such a service; Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Blessings and Friendship,


10 Jul

Hello Mr. Maines,

I opened my door this morning to head to work and found the postman had dropped off an expected package. I opened the box to find a work of art inside.

Thank you so much, yet again, for making this dream become a reality. The handle fits my hand perfectly and provides a weight and balance that was missing with the resin-impregnated handles. She truly has become a blade worthy of esteem and rests even now upon my mantle for all to see. It is so beautiful I am hesitant to use it!

The sheath will have to be remade to suit the handle, but that is something that needs to be done in order to provide this blade a place of rest when not in my hands; something that accents the beauty of blade and handle, incorporating the natural elements of stag handle along with the grace of the full-belly blade. Excelsior!

Thank you once again for your hard work and effort you put into this blade. I appreciate your patience as well; you are a gentleman was well as an Artisan.

It has been a pleasure and an honor doing business with you. I pray to our Creator that all your efforts will be rewarded and blessed!

CJ Cummings


24 Mar

Hi Jay,

Man you have made one very old man very happy… the shoulder rig and the new sheath you made for the Fat Lady are out of this world…It is so easy to put on and it rides right where I want it to on my back.

I must say you really know how to work with leather.. and don’t worry, the Water Buffalo leather really fits great. No problem at all. I had to wait til this weekend before I had time to take the new outfit down to the farm and give it a good work out.

I hit the woods about 6:45 this morning, planning on placing a lock on a deer stand about 24 feet up in a white oak tree, and then start cutting and trimming down tons of branches or small trees . Things that would be in the way of an arrow, come this fall. I like to get all this taken care of long before hunting season, so the bucks  will have forgot all about  me being down there.

Well, I walked about a half mile back into the  oak ridges, and I must say the shoulder rig was way more than just good. It  sure gave me lots of things I could now do with both hands free. And the Fat Lady is  not banging into my leg ever step I take anymore. Jay, I worked  down their til about 3:30 pm and I must say I only took the shoulder  rig off while I was putting in screw in steps and pulling up the lock on stand.

Oh yea, Jay, I almost forgot to tell you. This morning on the way down to the woods I stopped into a little country store that I normally stop at to get a bite to eat , as it opens up around 6 am most mornings. Well I had your shoulder rig with the Fat Lady on my back when I came in and took a seat. Man I wish you could have been there to see the look on all those folks’ face. The owner is a good friend, so when he saw the Fat Lady in that great looking shoulder rig, he let out a holler that was heard for sure a half mile away – “Lord would you look at that – set up on his back!”   The look on everyones face told me what I already knew, money I sent you  for the sheath and the shoulder rig was WELL SPENT.

Thanks again for ever thing you did.

A friend for life — Donnie Knight


11 Feb

Hi Jay,

I just received my knife and it is a beauty! Great workmanship! I now understand the difference between a good quality custom knife and one off the shelf. It’s an amazing talent you have. Now, I’ve been known to do more damage than good to knives when keeping an edge on them. Is there any advice you can give me as to what type of stone works well with this steel? What angle would you recommend? Thanks for your help and Merry Christmas!



11 Feb


Your #26 Chef’s knife arrived in today’s mail and I could not be more pleased. Thank you, not only for prompt service, but also for a beautiful knife that slices the hell out of a tomato. It’s certainly a pleasure to run across a well-made easy- handling knife such as you have provided to me. It’s a pleasure to do business with you and I wish you all the best.

John R. Dupuy