Looking for a wide selection of custom knives that you can actually put in your hand instead of looking at them in pictures in magazines or on computer screens? Other than knife shows, the best place to do that is a brick-and-mortar retail store that actually sells custom knives.

There are storefront locations that offer custom knives other than the retailers outlined here, of course, such as BladeGallery Inc., in Kirkland, Washington, Davi’s in Raleigh, North Carolina, G. Lorenzi in Milan, Italy, Paragon Sports in New York City, and Portland Cutlery in Portland, Oregon, to name but five. In alphabetical order, some of today’s top custom knife stores (all of which also sell factory knives, knife accessories and much more) are as follows:

Bonds House of Cutlery and Knives & More (702-870-2347)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Store hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
custom knife sales: Yes

While some businesses may be struggling in today’s economy, Lynn Bonds recently bought an additional store space—the new shop’s name is Knives & More—to go with her original Bonds House of Cutlery store two doors down in the Spanish Oaks Shopping Center. Offering a range of custom folders and fixed blades, both stores feature the work of a number of makers, many with a Western flavor, including Tom Barminski, Bill Cheatham, Stan Fujisaka, Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© Gil Hibben, Bob Lay, Ty Montell, Wayne Watanabe, Larry Westberg, D’holder, Jimmy Lile, and others. This retail outlet also carries many of the factory customs by such manufacturers as Benchmade(Gold Series) Buck custom shop and old school Gerber factory customs from back in the day when Gerber was still Gerber way before Fiskars of Finland ever bought them.

“We can get custom orders directly through our makers,” Lynn said. “That was out big hang-up at first—people wanted custom handles and other custom features on their knives but we couldn’t get them. Now we can.” A valuable source of custom knives for Lynn is the annual Las Vegas Antique Arms, International Sporting Arms & Invitational Knifemakers Show (Jan. 16-18, 2009, Riviera Hotel & Casino). “I hit the show on Friday morning and buy what I want. The [knifemaker exhibitors] look for me and come after me. They have a fight over me,” she laughed.

A 30-year knife-retail veteran, Lynn said she will buy knife collections from individuals but is very selective.

If you are looking for knives of any kind whether production new or old and hard to find items or just are searching for something that you just can’t find where you live then call Bond’s House Of Cutlery at (702)870-2347

Steve Shackeford

June 25, 2008

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