My earliest knife-related memory involves purchasing a cheap Barlow at a fair when I was six. I remember trying my best to appear older and discussing the knife in an effort to convince the seller I was responsible enough to handle the knife safely. In retrospect, it probably mattered little to the hawker.
My interest in making knives began a few years later when a subscription to Blade introduced me to the world of custom and handmade knives. I knew that someday I would make knives. Some years later, in 1999, I began making knives at the urging of a fellow knife enthusiast.
After the purchase of some basic tools, I began making knives by the stock removal method. Initially, I had no desire to forge; however, I enjoyed the look and feel of pattern-welded (damascus) steel and wanted to incorporate it in my knives. So, with the help of Steve Rollert , I began making damascus in 2001. I immediately realized that stock removing a damascus billet was extremely wasteful and decided to begin forging my billets to shape. I have enjoyed forging ever since, though I still employ both methods.
In 2010, I began to study general metalsmithing under Julie Jerman-Melka . It has helped me improve upon previous techniques as well as to incorporate new techniques in my knifemaking. In addition, I started creating jewelry based on diffusion-bonded materials such as pattern-welded steel and mokume gane.
In 2012, I was the guest curator for an exhibit titled “Cutting Edge: Evolution of the Knife” at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio.
My knives are completed entirely by me, to include heat-treating, unless otherwise noted. I flat grind almost exclusively and prefer natural materials such as figured wood, stag, oosic, sea cow bone, or mammoth ivory for the handles. I enjoy making a wide range of styles, though I have a particular affinity for Persian and late nineteenth century English and American knives (Sheffield and San Francisco style). I use D2 (working) and ATS-34 or CPM 154 CM (presentation) for stock removed knives, 1084 for forged knives and 1084/15N20 for damascus. I place a great deal of emphasis on fit and finish. All blades, with the exception of damascus, receive a 'hand-rubbed' satin finish and the handles and furniture are always finished by hand.
Knives made prior to 2011 are etched with “ B. C. Bennett ” in script. Starting in 2011, all knives are stamped with “ Bennett ” using the same style of script. My knives are marked on the 'reverse' side of the blade.
Due to the limited number of knives I am completing annually, I am not currently accepting orders. Please check Available Knives for current availability.
As with knives, my jewelry is completed entirely by me. Damascus and/or mokume gane form the basis of my jewelry work. I make rings and pendants predominately, however, I occasionally make other items such as earrings or bracelets. I work with steel, iron, silver, copper, bronze and nickel silver and sometimes incorporate stones, wood and other natural materials in my work. I line objects with silver whenever material contact with the skin might be an issue.
Knives, in some form or fashion, are indispensible in our daily lives. From everyday kitchen cutting chores to cutters used in manufacturing, knives improve our lives.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in the medium of metal. For me, knifemaking and metalsmithing present a practical outlet for this interest. The challenge of new techniques and ideas has provided for a lifetime of learning, practice and captivation.
The basis of any knife is function. It should also be aesthetically pleasing. In addition to these core qualities, I place fit and finish at the fore of desirable characteristics. Many companies produce a quality, well-built knife. Therefore, a handmade knife should offer something not found in a mass-produced product.
I guarantee my knives against defects in workmanship and material (not including natural materials) for as long as I am physically able to repair or replace them. This guarantee does not include obvious abuse perpetrated by the owner and I reserve the right to make the final determination in cases of abuse.
I offer an unconditional three-day return policy for knives sold sight unseen. If, after receiving your knife, you are not completely satisfied for any reason, contact me and I will issue a full refund as long as the knife remains in unused condition.
I am not responsible for mishaps caused by misuse or illegal acts perpetrated with my knives.