All handmade knives are custom in the sense that no two will ever be exactly alike. Also, when time permits, I make one-of-a-kind custom knives to sell at knife shows or on my website. But the main focus of my knifemaking is custom knives made to order for the customer.
If you would like a custom knife made specially for you, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-387-4844. I can do pretty much anything you like. You can choose the size, shape, type of steel, type of finish, handle material, type of guard or pommel, and even design a special sheath. You also have choices of embellishments such as scrimshaw, filework, engraving, and leather carvings.
Deposits: I require a 50% non-refundable deposit ONLY on knives that are uniquely made to the customers design or personalized in a manner that would make the knife difficult to sell to anyone else.
Do to the popularity of some models I have made, I have set up some Standard Models that you can choose from or use as a starting point for your custom knife. See Standard Models.
Currently, my turnaround time for a custom order is: approximately 6-8 months.
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On Deck! Updated 5/21/14
Below are custom orders currently on deck so customers can track their progress. If you want a custom Carter knife, I will be happy to add your name to the list in the order that the orders are received. Bear in mind that I usually have several other knives in progress for knife shows and my website.
When your name comes up, I will contact you to make sure you want to proceed. Note that the orders may change as some people may not proceed when their name comes up.
My heat treating schedule may be erratic the next few months so I am trying to confirm orders and get as many cut, rough ground and heat treated as I can right now. That way they will be ready to finish grind when I can get to them.
It has been a long unusually rough winter that has severely limited my shop time but things are finally improving and I will be making much more progress on my orders in the next few weeks.
Shemaya K - John Brown Pike - Finishing
Mark H - D-Guard Bowie - Finishing
Mike M. - Grizz Jr - In Progress - Polishing
Charles B - 6 custom knives - Design Stage
Joe C - Bowie - Design
Jesse M - Walkyrie - Finish Grinding
Jeff A - Double Dagger - Design
Jerry S. - King Kong Bowie - Finishing Blade
Harry D - Bowie - Finalizing design
Alex L - Modified Nessmuk - CALL ME! - I have lost your contact information.
Brian V - Nessmuk - CALL ME! - I have lost your contact information.
Jerry H - King Kong Bowie with sawteeth - Heat Treated
Phil W - 2 Damascus Nessmuks & 2 neckers - Making Sheaths
Richard R - Kodiak Bowie - Rough ground
Richard R - Damascus Skinner - Firm Order
James M - Grizz Bowie 3/8" - Heat Treated
Valentino - Modified Walkyrie - Firm Order
David S - Damascus Bowie - Design
Bret L - Custom design provided
Leo U - Custom O1 Bowie
Gary M - Grizz
Gary B - Kodiak Bowie - Firm Order - Finished
Jim B - Push Dagger - Finished
Kevin N - Push Dagger - Finished
Bryan B - Push Dagger - Finished
Knife Rights - Finished
Jonathan D - 2 Bird & Trouts - Delivered
Steve C - Grizz - Firm Order - Shipped
Sarah S. - Dagger and Neck Knife - Finished
Leslie W - Neck Knife - Finished
Harry B - Bush Knife - Shipped
Frank D. - Rehandle - Shipped
Richard F - Kodiak Bowie - Shipped
Don C - Damascus Nessmuk - Shipped
Ryan L - Mini Hunter - Shipped
Colin A - Bone Dagger - Shipped
Mark H - Survival knife - Shipped
Burt H - John Brown Pike - Finished
Dick B - Damascus Push Dagger - Shipped
Click on the image below for more pictures and details of some of my custom projects.
Below are some examples of custom orders that I have made to the customer's specifications.
Grey Wolf Custom Skinner Walkyrie Deguello Druid
Custom Set of 3 Cheyenne King Kong Kong II Grizz
Grizz Jr Kodiak Neck Knives Two Moons Cadillac Folder Nessmuk
Bwana Bobs Hunter Richard's Grizz Jr Custom Handle Twin Nessies Big One
Thor Buttterscotch Trio Another Grizz Service Member Build