FAQ

Q: How do I order a Custom Knife
A: Email me with details about what you'd like. Damascus or san mai steel options are available at an additional cost discussed at time of order. Once we’ve settled on what you’d like i’ll send you a quote price. a 50% non refundable deposit is required for all custom orders to be put on the books the order. Balance of the knife is due before shipping and must be paid within 5 weeks of the time I contact you unless other wise discussed- I can be flexible, but communication is required. Estimate wait time for your knife will be discussed at time of deposit.

Q: What materials do you use?
A: I stick with known carbon steels- some of my favorites being 52100 and w2 tool steel. I primarily use hard woods-often obtained from custom bass guitar builders- for my handles, but will occasionally use micarta or stabilized woods.

Q: Do you take students?
A: I am not currently taking students or interns.

Q: Do you have any knives in stock?
A:  I will post inventory knives in the store as they become available. Follow me on instagram or sign up for my news letter for updates on when new stock is available. Stock knives will ship within 3-5 days of order

J. Lees Knives Care Instructions

Cleaning

THESE KNIVES ARE HAND WASH ONLY!!! Never put the knife in the dishwasher or allow the knife to soak. Towel dry the knife and handle after rinsing. If allowed to soak or drip dry the carbon steel blade will rust. Excessive moisture and humidity on the handle can cause natural wood to warp. These knives are made from high carbon steel and the blade will develop a patina with use; this is a good thing as it will help protect the blade from rust and tell it’s unique story. If rust appears it can be removed with a scotchbrite pad or steel wool with a little oil or dish soap for lubrication… Just remember these knives are sharp, so BE CAREFUL.

Storing and Use

It’s best to store your knives on a magnetic rack where the edge isn’t getting abused by other items in a drawer. Knives should not be stored long term in sheaths or wooden sayas, as moisture can build up and cause carbon steel to rust. If storing for extended period, oil blade and wrap knife in towel. Wooden or plastic cutting boards (preferably wood) will also help with edge retention… friends don’t let friends use glass, stone, ceramic, etc. cutting boards! I recommend using a furniture wax (follow the instructions) on the handle. My favorite is Renaissance Wax.

Sharpening

If you want your knife sharp, sharpening on a whetstone is the way to go… typical pull through sharpening devices will ruin your edge… if you want a dull knife go ahead… but sharpening on stones just takes a little practice and in the end you’ll be much happier with how your knife cuts. Here’s a good place to start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFhMGJYhYpU&t=3s

Repairs

For repairs, please contact me at jleesknives@gmail.com. I have extensively used and tested my knives in different environments, and have come up with this list of care instructions based on that experience. Following it will help you get the most out of your knife. All repairs will be taken care of based on maker’s discretion. If deemed manufacturer error the knife will be fixed at my cost, all you have to do is ship it back. If deemed user error (dishwasher/ left to soak, chipped blade, etc) , the knife can still be fixed for cost of time, materials, and shipping.  Please remember that knives are cutting tools… they are not pry bars or screw drivers.