BORDERTOWN BLADES, INC. is a small custom knife manufacturer without the custom price tag. Chris Shires, owner and head bladesmith, handcrafts all of his knives right here in Blaine, Washington.
I believe in the story a knife can tell after years of use, I hope one of my knives will become a part of your story.
I have been making knives professionally for over a dozen years and have been fortunate enough to put knives in the hands of professional hunters, fishermen, and some incredible chefs. I believe in quality products, made by hand in America, at a price point people can afford.
Each knife begins as a hand cut high carbon blade that I hand grind and polish, then heat treat and temper or AEB-L Stainless Steel that I cryo treat. Then finally, assemble and shape by hand. I primarily use premium grade exotic hardwoods and burls. All handles are pinned in place, using a variety of pin materials such as stainless steel, brass, and high end mosaic pins.
I do stabilize some of my wood handles with resin to make them harder and more resistant to shrinking and warping. On occasion, I will also dye the resin to create an even more unique piece.
I will often post pictures of knives without sheaths. I can select the sheath for left or right-handed individuals when the knife is ordered. Custom sheaths and personalized engraving are available by request.