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Hand made carbon steel Western and Asian inspired kitchen knives

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 You can design your kitchen knives with or without my guidance. →Many options to choose from such as:  wood on the handle, size of blade, thickness of blade, many kinds and sizes of add-on’s or extras on the handle.  You can also buy →kitchen knives in stock. All work is made in my shop, out of high carbon steel, in the USA, full time since 1980.

These pieces were commissioned as a Xmas 2014 gift from mom to her family, who designed it all.
Handle add-on's - blades one thru four, six and seven have triple bolster spacers. The fifth blade has double brass bolsters.
Descriptions & woods - the two on the left are 1” x 4” and have maple and madrone woods.
Then there is a 1.5” x 5” with maple wood, a 1.5” x 6” with hickory, an 8” x 2.5” with maple wood, a 7” x 2.5” with madrone and lastly another 8” x 2.5” with hickory.
Carbon steel & brass bolsters.
Left – 8 piece steak knife set with 5" blades & various woods. woods are Hickory, Walnut, Madrone and Claro walnut.

Then is a 1" x 4" kitchen knife, w/ triple spacer array and hickory wood.

9″ yew wood Carving Set, featuring 9" x 2" carbon steel carving knife & stainless fork. triple spacer array.

The largest piece is a 10″ x 2.5″ kitchen knife, with double brass bolsters & Cocobolo wood, and lastly is a 7″ x 1.5″ scimitar shaped boning knife w/ black walnut
wood. handle has an extra fancy upgrade. green wood in the inserts is stabilized green dyed Box Elder burl wood.

6 – 2″ x 8″ kitchen knives with English Walnut, custom made as a gift to grooms at a wedding.
Wood was supplied by a client and is no longer available as exactly shown, but I do have other very nice walnut wood.

Carbon steel set. All pieces in the set below are extra fancy, the 8" x 2.5" Mezzaluna has an extra fancy upgrade,  stainless steel bolsters, nickel silver rivet & highly figured Black Walnut wood on the handles.

All the green inserts are stabilized green dyed Box Elder Burl wood. From left to right: , 7″ x 1.5" scimitar Shaped Boning knife with extra fancy upgrade,  7″ x 1.25″ Filet knife with extra fancy upgrade, . 7″ Santoku w/ Bubinga wood and double bolster array and lastly a Knife and Fork Carving set
with extra fancy upgrade. Knife had scimitar shape.


All pieces have Sterling silver bolsters with silver hidden rivets, extra fancy upgrades  composed of 3000 year old stabilized Russian Bog Oak, sterling spacers, Trustone Malachite, Cocobolo. Sterling pins with French polish.

From left: 1″ x 4″, 4″ Birds Beak, 1″ x 4″ strong back, then a Carving set composed of a 9″ x 2″ Carbon steel carving knife, outside sourced 440C stainless fork. 


Kitchen knife set, without add-on's, using local flamed Claro Walnut wood & carbon steel.

From left: 9″ x 2.5″ kitchen knife, 9″ x 2.5″ scimitar shaped Boning knife,  2″ x 6″ kitchen knife, 1.5″ x 6″ kitchen knife , a Carving set w/ a  2″ x 9″ Carving knife and stainless Fork and finally a 3" Paring knife.

Another basic setBasic set sent to Australia designed by the client, and he sent me the wood from Australia to use in his set. Carbon steel, brass bolsters.

Left to right: 8″ x 1.25″  Korean Kitchen knife, 8″ Santoku, 9″ blunt tipped slicer, 8″ x 3″ Thai Cleaver using 3/32″ 1095 tool steel, and lastly a 6″ scimitar shaped Boning knife.

Bottom: 10" x 2.5", extra fancy, walnut.

All woods shown are stabilized, top 4 knives are fancy and bottom in extra fancy. 

Top down;

1.5" x 5" kitchen knife with Madrone Burl

7.25" Boning knife with Black Oak Burl

2" x 8" kitchen knife with Lace wood

3" Thai Cleaver using 3/32" O-1 tool steel - with dyed Maple Burl

10" kitchen knife , extra fancy with Amboyna,  using 3/32" O-1 tool steel

Bottom: 10" x 2.5", extra fancy, walnut.
12 piece set, see photo w/ custom box.
12 - 5" x 1.25"  steak knife set, using client supplied English Walnut wood, which was milled in house. Knives were made from 5/64" O-1 tool steel. 

See next slide for steak knives in their custom made Jens Sehm, box.
12 piece set, see photo w/ custom box.

Steak knives from previous slide. English walnut wood, brass bolsters, 5/64" thick 1" x 5" carbon steel. 

Wood was supplied by client and is no longer available.

Left to right: 6 piece steak knife set with 4" carbon steel blades and 5" handles.

Woods- top down: Black Walnut, Maple wood, Cocobolo wood, Hickory wood, Claro Walnut wood & English walnut wood. Brass bolsters.

Then an 8" x 3" Thai Cleaver with Claro Walnut wood and bed spacers using O-1 tool steel 3/32" thick, 8" x 2.5" kitchen knife with b/w bed spacer array O-1 tool steel 3/32" thick, and lastly a carving set with 7" bent handled carving knife. Both pieces have b/w bed spacer arrays, which can be seen in close up, on the next slide.

Close up of bed spacer array from previous slide.

Unusual but brilliant design combination from a client in Thailand.

Knife is a  12" x 3" kitchen knife made from  3/32" thick O-1 carbon steel , ordered to accompany the fork shown,  as a carving set.

Both have an extra fancy upgrade, using stabilized Amboyna wood as the featured element on the handles extra fancy upgrade,  along with black/white spacers and a sterling silver spacer. Cocobolo wood, with custom french polish.

     These hand made high carbon tool steel kitchen knives are crafted and heat treated one knife at a time, by Michael Moses Lishinsky, and have been since 1980. Just like in the old days, I use 1084 high carbon tool steel, which offers a knife that is well balanced in that it holds a wicked edge, but is also responsive to being brightened quickly when honed. My knives are in kitchens all around the world. I ship to all English  speaking countries (along with France,Sweden & Norway). I work for individuals and some major corporations,  creating unique one of a kind gifts. Besides custom work, I make a line of Western style kitchen knives and a line of Asian inspired kitchen knives. I also do commission work consisting of the  restoration of old knives and armaments. My designs are all time honored, affordable, guaranteed, original, lightweight and unique. Each kitchen knife has perfect balance, and is constructed with a full tang on the handle (a wood & steel sandwich).
     My approach is to offer a basic kitchen knife with wooden handle and brass bolsters as listed in my price list, and from there offer  →handle options← for handle styles, local woods, and choices for all types of ornamentation. Each extra or add-on costs a bit more, but adds to the uniqueness and value of the finished product.
    The standard steel that I use is .062 thick 1084 cold rolled high carbon tool steel, which is heat treated one knife at a time, by me in my shop. Properly heat treated carbon steel allows for a knife that will keep a keen edge, yet is noticeably easy to re-hone for a new keen edge. All the sweeps of the edges of my knives have the classic French curve, for that nice rocking motion and for ease of use and re-sharpening.
The brass bolster is riveted and glued onto the full tang, and is in between the handle and the blade. It serves to protect the end grain of the handle wood and adds the perfect weight to the handle. Handles generally measure out to about 5 ¼ inches – ¼” leeway from the back of the blade to the bolster, 3/4″ of brass and then 4 1/4″ of wood. All blade lengths are close but not exact.  The handle is secured with 4 rivets, which are glued and pressed into place. There are three 1/8” brass pins, and a company chop in the handle ‘butt’. The chop goes through the handle and is functional. It is made in 12” lengths and is comprised of 4 – 1/16 ”  brass rods, with a steel ‘lions hair’ center, inside a 5/32nd square brass tube, which is inside a round aluminum tube. Red dyed epoxy is injected into the 12” tube, to hold all a-tanto. I then cut them down to about an inch and glue/install.

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