Welcome to my website ML Knives! I make blades the same way and tradition as that of an Early American Blade Smith, and I spend as much time as possible in the woods testing my own steel hiking and hunting. I put 100% into every blade I touch I take pride in my work! I have had a life long passion for knives that started as a youngster and have been making knives for 17 years. Full time for 15 years. This is my full time business so rest assured you are getting quality. I am a full time Knife maker and I work with leather. Most of my knives are versatile and can be used for many things. A Drop Point knife or belt knife makes a very good kitchen, and or Hunting Knife for example. If you have a question just email me.
Everything you see is hand worked, nothing is after market or unoriginal. I use early techniques that an early 18th century to 19th century blade smith would use, I use only High carbon steel’s. 1095 primary. This steel holds a tremendous edge and can easily be resharpened in the field with a few passes on a oil stone. Each are hand forged.
I use mainly natural materials as an early blade smith would. Mainly using Stag Antler, bone, many American hardwoods such as Tiger maple, red oak, white oak, black Walnut, Cherry, ash, Hickory, many burl woods, and so on. I also do use synthetics such as Micarta only upon request for custom orders as well as order option knives. If something special is wanted in a handle material I can work with you no problem. Each handle is profiled, hand sanded and hand finished. All wood is hand oiled and finished by hand.
All of my blades are hand forged one at a time, edge hardened and deferentially tempered. This I feel makes for a better cutting edge that is easy to re-sharpen when need be and holds up great for many uses and also makes for a more durable knife.
All of my knives in available galleries and or a custom order knife comes with a sheath. Everyone is hand stitched using a durable saddle stitch and a hefty 5 twist waxed cord. I use quality veg tan leather. Each are oiled for a lasting antiqued look.
This was my grandfathers knife. The first knife that gave my inspiration to begin my future career in full time knife making.
My current stamp, nothing fancy:
The Indian head penny I use in many photos.
I am accepting custom orders at this time.
My Knives Have been featured in Publications such as The Washington Post, Guns Magazine, Muzzleloader, Backwoodsman Several Times, On the Trail Magazine, Tactical Knives, Shoot, American Frontiersman, Guns of the Old West, and Knife Magazine. I have made limited edition sets of knives for The Orvis Company. I also have made a few knives knives for a major motion picture called The Revenant. In 2016 I made a couple knives for Season 2 of the TV series Outsiders.
I now have a store front as well with exclusive in store available knives, tooled leather, leather pieces, hand stitched leather pouches, bags, hand bags, tooled wallets and more.
Store address : 1024 Midline Road, Amsterdam NY 12010
Current Store hours Eastern Time.
Monday & Friday 11:00AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ML Knives Store
Exclusive in store Available knives are added to the showcase all the time.
My name is Matthew Lesniewski, and I am a full time knife maker and craftsmen. I offer some of the finest hand forged knives for the every day Hunter, Bushcrafter, Fisherman, Re-enactor, Woodsman, Buck skinner, Cowboy, and Mountain Man. Here you will find a small selection of my most recent work. Feel free to contact me for any custom orders.
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