BillaBongBlades

BillaBong Blades

174 Sales

BillaBongBlades

BillaBong Blades

174 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(59)
Shop owner

Joe K

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Announcement   Thank you to all my customers!!!
All of my knives are custom order only because I offer hand stamping of customer initials on blade.
Because of the high demand on my knives I am currently backed up about 2 months.

I am currently sold out of all my knives "on hand" and all knives you see are on a custom order basis.

Please be patient after ordering one of my hand forged knives. It is a very time consuming process and involves a lot of intensive hand labor to produce and give birth to one of my hand forged knives. It can take me up to 7-10 days to make one knife when you factor in hand forging, heat treating, handle making and leather crafting.

All my knives are hand forged on a 160 year old Peter Wright Anvil and are working knives. They can also be personalized with your initials on the blade and sheath for a wedding or groomsmen gift.

All of my knives are hand made and hand forged from beginning to end with very little power tools used. The time and energy put into creating these knives is intensive and exhaustive.

Please be advised that each product varies in appearance because the materials used for the handle and blade are all natural materials and all hand made. The knife you receive will be unique and slightly different from the image.

All knives can be personalized with your initials the blade or the custom hand stitched sheath.

Most of my knives are forged from 1095 or 1084 high carbon forging steel and named after famous people in history. I am a history teacher so it only seems apropos.

The knives are then hardened and tempered between 58-60 rockwell hardness. These steels are great for knives and hold a fantastic edge for years.

All of my knives are each one a kind. Some of the styles are similar but no two are identical. Each one of my knives have about 15-20 hours of creation time behind them and are treated with extreme care. I make every knife like it would be my own.

Knife Care:

Most of my knives are NOT made of stainless steel, but forged from high-carbon alloy tool steels. The steel will rust if left exposed to moisture and other oxidizing elements. Over time, it will develop an attractive patina, which is normal. I recommend you keep the blade clean and dry, and coat it with a thin layer of wd40, oilve, clove or vegetable oil when not in use. The blades are heat-treated, and therefore extremely hard. It will hold a good edge, but will chip or break if abused. Never use your knife to pry or bend any object. Do not throw it, or use it to chop metal, very hard wood or bone, or any other hard material which may damage the blade. All my knives leave the shop sharp and ready for work, however periodic sharpening is required, and depends on the amount and type of use, as well as on your personal preference. I recommend you only use a stone and water to sharpen your knife, and a steel for honing between sharpening sessions. Take care to sharpen the blade evenly along the entire length to avoid developing a curve in the edge.
The scales (grips) are usually made of exotic hardwoods, or other natural and un -natural material. They have been oiled and waxed for protection and a luster finish. Revive the finish with an occasional waxing or oiling, using finishing paste wax or true oil. These finishes are but to name a few of my favorites. Do not expose the wood to prolonged periods of wetness.
The sheaths are hand-sewn from heavy, durable cowhide, using a very robust waxed whipping twine for a thread. Most are double-stitched to prevent seam failure, should one thread be torn. The natural leather is waxed to protect it from minor wetness, however its natural composition will invite the retention of water, should it get severely wet. Do not store your knife in a wet sheath, nor leave it in the sheath for long periods of time. Condensation and temperature variations may cause the steel to rust. If the sheath gets wet, let it dry in a warm place, and apply a thin coat of light colored shoe polish, Neat’s Foot Oil, finishing paste wax or any automotive wax containing carnauba wax.

disclaimer: You must be 18 years of age to buy knife or if your state law is different then those will apply. You are responsible for using the knife safely and I am not responsible for any injuries you or anyone else suffers with the knife you buy from me.

Announcement

Thank you to all my customers!!!
All of my knives are custom order only because I offer hand stamping of customer initials on blade.
Because of the high demand on my knives I am currently backed up about 2 months.

I am currently sold out of all my knives "on hand" and all knives you see are on a custom order basis.

Please be patient after ordering one of my hand forged knives. It is a very time consuming process and involves a lot of intensive hand labor to produce and give birth to one of my hand forged knives. It can take me up to 7-10 days to make one knife when you factor in hand forging, heat treating, handle making and leather crafting.

All my knives are hand forged on a 160 year old Peter Wright Anvil and are working knives. They can also be personalized with your initials on the blade and sheath for a wedding or groomsmen gift.

All of my knives are hand made and hand forged from beginning to end with very little power tools used. The time and energy put into creating these knives is intensive and exhaustive.

Please be advised that each product varies in appearance because the materials used for the handle and blade are all natural materials and all hand made. The knife you receive will be unique and slightly different from the image.

All knives can be personalized with your initials the blade or the custom hand stitched sheath.

Most of my knives are forged from 1095 or 1084 high carbon forging steel and named after famous people in history. I am a history teacher so it only seems apropos.

The knives are then hardened and tempered between 58-60 rockwell hardness. These steels are great for knives and hold a fantastic edge for years.

All of my knives are each one a kind. Some of the styles are similar but no two are identical. Each one of my knives have about 15-20 hours of creation time behind them and are treated with extreme care. I make every knife like it would be my own.

Knife Care:

Most of my knives are NOT made of stainless steel, but forged from high-carbon alloy tool steels. The steel will rust if left exposed to moisture and other oxidizing elements. Over time, it will develop an attractive patina, which is normal. I recommend you keep the blade clean and dry, and coat it with a thin layer of wd40, oilve, clove or vegetable oil when not in use. The blades are heat-treated, and therefore extremely hard. It will hold a good edge, but will chip or break if abused. Never use your knife to pry or bend any object. Do not throw it, or use it to chop metal, very hard wood or bone, or any other hard material which may damage the blade. All my knives leave the shop sharp and ready for work, however periodic sharpening is required, and depends on the amount and type of use, as well as on your personal preference. I recommend you only use a stone and water to sharpen your knife, and a steel for honing between sharpening sessions. Take care to sharpen the blade evenly along the entire length to avoid developing a curve in the edge.
The scales (grips) are usually made of exotic hardwoods, or other natural and un -natural material. They have been oiled and waxed for protection and a luster finish. Revive the finish with an occasional waxing or oiling, using finishing paste wax or true oil. These finishes are but to name a few of my favorites. Do not expose the wood to prolonged periods of wetness.
The sheaths are hand-sewn from heavy, durable cowhide, using a very robust waxed whipping twine for a thread. Most are double-stitched to prevent seam failure, should one thread be torn. The natural leather is waxed to protect it from minor wetness, however its natural composition will invite the retention of water, should it get severely wet. Do not store your knife in a wet sheath, nor leave it in the sheath for long periods of time. Condensation and temperature variations may cause the steel to rust. If the sheath gets wet, let it dry in a warm place, and apply a thin coat of light colored shoe polish, Neat’s Foot Oil, finishing paste wax or any automotive wax containing carnauba wax.

disclaimer: You must be 18 years of age to buy knife or if your state law is different then those will apply. You are responsible for using the knife safely and I am not responsible for any injuries you or anyone else suffers with the knife you buy from me.

Joe K

Contact shop owner

Joe K

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(59)
rjohannaphillips69

rjohannaphillips69 on Jul 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My husband loved it, loved the initialing and it's a very beautiful blade. Great job! It arrived on time for his birthday and I couldn't have been happier.

jpthede

jpthede on Jul 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Supreme Quality. I am so glad that I ordered an additional one for myself!

jpthede

jpthede on Jul 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have originally purchased 5 of the Bonnevile knives to give away as gifts. I am glad I added a 6th one to the order for myself! I am very satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship that went into these knives. Items were as described, customer service was outstanding, and blades and handles are better than the pictures show!

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About

BillaBong Blades: Hand Forged Custom Knives

I have been knife maker and woodworker since my teen years ( I am 43 now) and enjoy making just about anything with my hands. I am a middle school history teacher by trade and keep my crafting passion going in my spare time.

All of my items have been created with great care and are built to last for years to come. My family history is riddled with tradesmen and craftsmen, from butchers, plumbers, pipe fitters, to woodworkers and blacksmiths.

All of my knives are hand forged and tooled. I put at least 10-15 hours into each knife but price them reasonably.

Hand forging a knife takes a great amount of time, energy and patience.

All of my knives have been hand forged and pounded into rough shape. Once the rough shaping is done I head over to the vise and file away for hours at a time to get its final shape. I then heat treat/temper to get the proper hardness to the knife so that its not to brittle and not to soft. I shoot for something in between 58-60 rockwell hardness.

Once the sanding is done your about 3/4 of the way there because you still have to put the handle on. I always use wood for handles because of its beauty and durability.

All of my knive can be ordered with a custom leather sheath made specifically for your knife. I use 7-9 oz high quality vegetable tanned leather which when done, make a good sheath that can be used for years in the field.

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    All my knives are hand forged on a 160 year old Peter Wright Anvil and are working knives. They can also be personalized with your initials on the blade and sheath. Most of my knives are forged from 1095 high carbon and 01 tool steel and named after

Shop policies

Last updated on April 16, 2016
Welcome to BillaBongBlades,

I have been and avid knife maker and woodworker for over 30 years and specialize in custom knives and woodworking. I am a full time history teacher during the day but have also studied a variety of knife making and woodworking techniques. My philosophy is to create quality knives at a reasonable cost for everyone.

Joe K
Knife Smith and Owner of BillaBong Blades

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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paypal and credit cards
Shipping
I use the United States Postal Service priority flat rate and ship out my products on Fridays.
Refunds and Exchanges
Because all of Knives are custom order, returns or refunds are not accepted. The reason for this is because it is impossible for me to know how you used the knife and why it is broken or malfunctioned. It also was a custom made knife made specifically for one person and cannot be resold to someone else.

Sorry no refunds or returns on any knives

Joe
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Additional policies and FAQs
Disclaimer

When you agree to purchase a knife from BillaBong Blades you are taking full and all responsibility for how that knife is used.. You must be 18 years of age to purchase any knives from BillaBong Blades. The purchaser also understands that all local and state carry laws apply. If you or anyone is injured using a knife from BillaBong Blades the purchaser(that's you) assumes all responsibility and BillaBong Blades assumes none(absolutely zero)of the responsibility which includes any and all criminal/ civil laws suits of any kind...shape or form and in any state or country.

In a custom order when the custom order invoice is payed you will be put on the custom order list. Without payment in full your order will not be put in the custom order list ans you will loose your position