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 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.
Being a passionate collector, some outstanding pieces outside the collection are featured as well. 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 difficult 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 – Not all makers consider the term Integral to also refer to the butt. Some may call their knife Integral but not include the butt in that definition. To be complete, you could refer to a knife made with all one piece (including the butt) to be a Full Integral knife.”