NOTICE OF RETIREMENT: As of 2021, I am no longer taking orders for new custom knives or custom knife repair and conversions. For those of you who would still like one of my custom knives, I do have a few "On Hand", that can be shipped out ASAP. You should find the info and photos of them under the "Knives For Sale" section.  These remaining knives will be discounted by 30%, until they are all gone.
Thank you for your support over the years.  - Jay Maines

Knife Shop Tour

Jay MainesAfter 20 years working away, in my small, dark basement knife shop, I finally rebuilt it last year. Adding new oak cabinets, counter tops, extra lighting, and a fantastic dust collector system. So welcome to a quick tour of my little corner, of my little world. Enjoy!

-Jay Maines


Jay Maines

Assembly/Buffing Work Station:

An Xmas photo with Maggie, the shop dog. Left bench holds the 3/4 H.P. Baldor Industrial buffer. Main work bench holds lots of hand files, hand tools, and my favorite 360 degree rotating knife vice.

Equipment Bench

Equipment Bench #1:

Leff to right. Just above the red fire extinguisher, a hand held Dremel tool. A small red bench vice, 8″ bench grinder, drill press, 2 wheel bandsaw, and a 15″ scroll saw.

Equipment bench

Equipment Bench #2:

Left to right. 15″ scroll saw, 14″ metal cutting chop saw, 8″ table saw, and a 42″ belt/8″ disc sander.

Leather working stationLeather Working Station:

Assortment of leather punches, stamps, and dyes. The black Tripmann hand stitcher. You get one stitch with each pull of the handle. Can penetrate up to 3/4″ thick leather products.



Cleaning equipment stationCleaning equipment station:

Left to right. 1-1/2 H.P. wall mounted dust collector system. On the righ an industrial Ridgid wet/dry shop vaccuum.