Ed Holdsworth Hunt
Like most country people, I always find a knife in my pocket indespensable.
I started making my own knives about five years ago when a much-loved knife I'd had for many years broke, and I attempted to create something to replace it.
Making knives became a passion as I experimented with different blades and different materials... and I am now a full-time knife maker, working from my home in Somerset.
I make a variety of sheath knives, neck knives, folding knives and kitchen knives, using different handle materials.
I use high carbon stain resistant steel for the blades. For the handles, I use locally reclaimed timber, when it's available, from old beams, hardwood floorboards and decking, and sustainable hardwoods from around the world, including partridge wood, wenge, rosewood, chestnut, oak, and many more. I also use some composite materials like micarta, which creates a very durable handle. The handles are shaped and hand-sanded, then lightly oiled using my own mix of oils, and buffed with beeswax.
For the bolsters and pommels you can choose between brass, copper or steel. The leather for the sheaths is dyed-through vegetable tan shoulder from the UK; I use black, dark chestnut, and also natural leather which is then dyed. The lining material (between the knife and the handle material) can be red or black vulcanised fibre, copper or brass, in various thicknesses.
In the workshop
Markets & Fairs
I sell my knives at local markets and fairs. Keep an eye on my Instagram to see where I'll be next.