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About Blue Knives

Thank you for your interest in my Knives!

My goal with Blue Knives is to create the best knives that I possibly can. I simply refuse to cut corners with the materials, design or craftsmanship of the knives that I make.

Most knife companies attempt to sell the cheapest knife possible for the highest price. I strive to bring my customers the very best possible product at a fair price. You will feel the difference every time you use one of my knives or I will buy it back from you!

Making a Blue Knife


The design phase is where the functional and aesthetic aspects of the knife come together.

Primary Grind

I start with bars of steel and form them into razor sharp knife blades completely by hand..

Heat Treat

If steel is the heart of the knife then heat treatment is the soul. This is when steel is transformed into a knife.

Secondary Grind

After heat-treatment the blade is ground to the final dimensions and all of the scratches are removed.


Once the blade is complete its time to attach and shape the brass bolster and wood for the handle.


The final step is to completely polish the blade, bolster and handle to a brilliant glossy finish.

About The Materials

Pattern Welded "Damascus" Steel.

Damascus Steel is made from four types of high carbon steel that have been forge welded together, twisted and manipulated to form a beautiful 412 layer steel billet.

In ancient times, before modern metallurgical techniques, Damascus steel was used to create blades that were both hard and tough. Modern Damascus steel is created by layering alloy steel to achieve this same layered effect.

Damascus Steel is absolutely beautiful, ages very well, and provides a superior cutting experience. The layers of steel along the cutting edge create "micro-serrations" that help the knife cut through foods.

Why is Damascus Steel So Expensive?

Damascus steel is extremely difficult and time-consuming to make. The creation of a Damascus billet can take just as long as the rest of the knife making process.

I will only use the highest quality Damascus steel available and each piece has been meticulously hand-forged by master Damascus makers in the USA. I will not use cheap imported imitations.

The price of one handmade Damascus billet can be well over 100 dollars. While Blue Knives may be expensive in comparison to mass-produced factory knives, they are actually an extraordinary bargain compared to competitive handmade knives.

Handmade products are expensive, there's no way around it. The materials, time and energy that go into each knife demand a relatively high price. Fortunately the same factors that make Blue Knives expensive make them tools of the highest quality that will last for generations. When you use a Blue Knife you will quickly see and feel the difference, or send it back for a full refund.

52100 Carbon Alloy Steel

52100 steel is not stainless steel, it will develop a grey patina with normal use and can rust if not properly cared for.

52100 is used in many industries to make bearings. It is a favorite steel for many of the worlds top knife makers, but the complicated heat-treating process makes it too difficult and costly for mainstream knife factories to use.



I use only premium, exhibition grade, stabilized pieces of exotic hardwood wood for my handles. This high quality wood increases the longevity and beauty far beyond other woods and synthetic materials that you will commonly find in knives.
The default wood in my knives is Ironwood burl, but I will gladly work with my clients to build their knives with any wood they would like. I purchase my wood from the following website and I invite interested clients to visit the site and pick out any piece of wood that they would like.

Handle Design
My distinctive handle design is based on a fusion of the best elements from many traditional knife handle styles. It incorporates the curved, ergonomic advantages of a classic European knife handle with the formal simplicity of a Japanese style handle.

Handmade vs. Factory Knives

Many knife companies use the design of their knives to save money during the manufacturing process. Unfortunately this almost always results in a knife of inferior functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics. Some of the most common shortcuts are:

Blade Thickness
Typical factory-produced knives are constructed out of the least amount of steel possible, this saves money and time spent grinding but almost always sacrifices the proper geometry of the blade. I start with steel that is 3/16” thick for my larger knives so that I can create the optimal geometry for maximum cutting power, edge retention and weight balance.

Steel Quality
Almost all factory knives are made of stainless steel. This makes it easier for uninformed or careless customers to keep the knife shiny but reduces the functionality of the steel as a fine blade. I work with only 52100 steel, and do all of the heat–treating by hand in order to maximize the potential of the material.

Handle Shape
When design engineers sit down to design production knives, their first consideration is how to make a handle that is easy to reproduce using the machines available. The result is usually an injection-molded plastic or squared-off composite handle that is uncomfortable to hold and ugly. When I design my knives I start with a lump of modeling clay and set out to make the most comfortable and best-looking handle that I can.

About Me

My name is Alex Blue. I am a Knife Maker and Designer living and working in Seattle Washington. I have been making knives since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial design. I have always enjoyed creating things with my hands. Knife making combines many of my interests: design, craftsmanship, and business.