LaClaire's Knife Shoppe
As a military veteran, it was always my dream to start a family-owned business when I left the service.
As it turned out both my son and I have had a passion to build extraordinary and one-of-a-kind collectible knives. The metallurgy and science that is found in collections of discriminating knife collectors are indeed found in our creations.
We recognized early on that there were numerous knife makers to choose from, but it was our desire to create knives that would be passed down through generations of family members. Who wouldn’t want to be the proud owner of one of grandpa’s favorite knives?
We have spent a number of years to develop our blades out of the finest 1095 and 15N20 steels. We forge these materials together and each blade has been folded for a minimum of 250 layers. Other considerations that were important to us was the ultimate strength of each blade and its ability to hold a razor edge for extended periods.
Over the years we recognized that “Mother Nature” has provided stunning materials for us to use in our knife handles. We only use the top 3% of highly figured woods. All of our woods are stabilized prior to manufacture. Other natural materials used in our handles are bone, elk, caribou and moose antler. We have been able to take Banksia Pod and Cholla Cactus to create works of art.
All of our handles are coated with our proprietary finish which is extremely hard and has UV inhibitors to prevent oxidation and to maintain its finish for years to come.
When you purchase a one-of-a-kind LaClaire Family collectible knife you can be assured that it was made in the Time-Honored Tradition of American Craftsmanship.
LaClaire's Knife Shoppe
Damascus Steel Blades
'Original' Damascus steel was imported from India to Damascus, where bladesmiths forged them into swords and other weapons. But for various reasons the technique was lost in the 1750’s.
In 1973 Bill Moran, a master bladesmith, unveiled his “Damascus Steel” at a Knifemakers Guild Show. Several types of steel and iron slices are welded together to form a billet, which is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. This new “Damascus” Billet is then forged into a knife blank or a blade blank.
LaClaire’s Cutlery Shoppe provides custom knives made in the USA using Damascus steel.
You can customize the handle of your Damascus Knives with a large selection of wood, bone, horn, or synthetic materials, ranging from Cholla Cactus, to Quilted Maple and Bone.
Over time we have built up many good resources for our handle materials. So we are able to offer more choices and still keep the prices reasonable.
One of our synthetic handle materials is called “Fleurinite”, a type of resin that we make in-house. When it gets wet it become somewhat 'sticky', creating a non-slip grip. Over the years we have developed many different patterns and color combinations for you to choose from.