Welcome to IntegralKnives.com, a personal gallery presentation of a collection focusing on integral custom knives. Here are the best knifemakers and their most interesting achievements in this very specific field.
Each knife featured on “the Collection” page has been personally hand-selected and acquired for the Collection. Some of them were commissionned direct to the knifemaker and/or engraver. Occasionally various pieces might be offered for sale here.
Being a passionate collector, some outstanding pieces outside the collection are featured as well, and sorted out by makers on the “News & Pics” page. These pieces represent the best in integral fixed blades.
Please enjoy your visit and let us know if you need additional information regarding any piece seen on this site.
Any question or comment welcome.
Definition: an integral knife is made out of a solid piece of steel. Everything but the handle material is shaped (forged or through stock removal grinding) without any single soldered part. It is all solid from the tip to the butt. This way of making knives is considered as one of the most demanding and time consuming.
Let’s refer to A.G. Russel’s definition as well : “An Integral fixed blade is one made of all one billet of steel. This means that the blade, bolsters, tang, and pommel are all made out of one single piece of steel. The advantage of this is that the steel grain runs uninterrupted across the entire knife, rather than having multiple steels attached to the main blade. This significantly improves the strength, durability, and lifetime of the blade”.
*Note – A “full integral knife” does include a knife’s butt, whilst a “semi-integral” only includes bolsters and guard.