DFCustom

Handmade Knives by Dan Freda

Rochester, New York · 136 Sales

DFCustom

Handmade Knives by Dan Freda

Rochester, New York 136 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars
(43)

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Dan Freda

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Announcement   I design and build blades at my home in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can choose from my selection of Finished Knives, or look through my various Custom Options to have a knife made. Whether you use a knife for hunting, military work, camping, survival, EDC, or bushcraft, you can find your next blade here at DF Custom.

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Last updated on Jun 21, 2017

I design and build blades at my home in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can choose from my selection of Finished Knives, or look through my various Custom Options to have a knife made. Whether you use a knife for hunting, military work, camping, survival, EDC, or bushcraft, you can find your next blade here at DF Custom.

Dan Freda

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4.5 out of 5 stars
(43)
Andrew

Andrew on Apr 16, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
Andrew

Andrew on Dec 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Hands down, best knife I have ever purchased!!!

kentzuchowski

kentzuchowski on Nov 9, 2017

1 out of 5 stars

The item shipped in about 4 weeks. I was told that this was early for a custom job. I was not aware of the custom Shipping date. The knife looks nothing like the pictures depict it. Anyone can look at the pictures and the knife plainly looks very thick at the head of it. This is an optical illusion. when I received the knife and it is only a 1/8 of an inch thick, I was very disappointed. I would not pay $50 for a knife like this one much less $250. I tried to return the knife, but was told that custom jobs cannot be returned. I am very, extremely let down by the knife I received. Since I ordered the knife after the stock ones had sold out I was not made aware of the return policy of Mr Dan Freda. I now have a $250 Sharp paperweight. I wish the pictures were not misleading of how this knife actually looked. Total disappointment.

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Making knives, one at a time.

For thousands of years the knife has been one of mankind's most important tools, and many of us still use one every single day. Whether you're a member of the military, hunter, outdoor enthusiast, hobbyist, landowner, carpenter, or collector, you need a good knife on your side.

All DF Custom knives are made by hand, by me, at my rural home in upstate New York. Every step of the knife-making process is done manually: design, grinding, shaping, sharpening, and sheathing. No two of my knives are exactly the same, and each one is truly a labor of love.

Over the years, I've embraced craftsmanship as creative outlet and a way to constantly challenge myself to grow. I made my first knife as a birthday present to myself in the summer of 2013 and had a blast doing it. My first thought as I stared at the finished product was, "I want to do that again, but better." Hundreds of knives later, I am indeed better, but still striving to improve.

I'm honored every time someone chooses to purchase one of my knives. Whether it's a hunter using it to harvest food for their family or the military personnel serving around the world to keep us safe, I'm very thankful to be part of your world in a small way.

PS. I offer a discount for active and retired military personnel, and first-responders (police, firefighters, EMS). I appreciate what you do and this is a small way I can say thank you.

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  • Dan Freda

    Owner, Maker, Knife Designer And Builder

    Husband, father, insurance guy, and knife maker. I've always loved working with my hands, and a lifestyle of exploration and creation has led me to this... I love making knives.

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