Custom Knifemaker

Listing #: 755399169
Business name: Martin Custom Knives
Location: Tahunanui
Nelson / Tasman
About: Makers of Bespoke Fixed Blade Knives Built to use Hard and Last a Lifetime. Hunting, Kitchen, and Light Industrial blades.
Services offered: We Create Customised Knives; Hand Crafted to the Highest Standard of Fit, Finish and Performanc­e Using the Finest Materials Available.
Areas serviced: Worldwide
Availability: 10 to 12 Months
Hello, and welcome to the place you can have that Special knife uniquely crafted to your requirements

Creating High Performance Knives with Amazing Edge Holding Ability is our Specialty

Our Standard Steels:
ATS34, 154CM, 440C, CPM 3V, D2 / K110, N690, AEB-L

Every blade is individually hand crafted and heat-treated in a digitally controlled furnace; Cryogenically processed and tempered for ultimate performance with the utmost care and precision

Blade hardness is meticulously verified at every step of the process; ensuring the right balance of toughness and edge retention for each knife's intended application

All wooden handles are Stabilised


1. 4" Drop point Hunter with Puriri Handle
2. 8" Chef with Purpleheart
3. Chef in Black Maire
4. 7" Fisherman’s Utility in Tiger Stripe G10
5. 7" Loveless Style Fighter in Black Canvas Micarta
6. 4.5" Curved Skinner / 3.5” Bird & Trout Pair in Antique Ivory Micarta
7. 4" Geltleman's hunters with Brass Pins and bolsters
8. 4" Grntelmans Hunter with Custom made honing Steel
9. 4.5" Straight Skinner in Black Micarta
10. 5" Pig sticker / ’Do All Knife’ Just for Her in Pink G10
11. 3.75" Drop point in Tiger Stripe G10
12. 4.5" Curved Skinner / 3.5” Bird & Trout Pair in double sheath
13. 4.5” Curved Skinner / 3.5” Bird & Trout Pair
14. 4" Bushcraft in puriri with left hand sheath
15. 5" Puma Style Hunter in linen Micarta
16. Fit & Finish Detail View
17. Custom Hunter in linen Micarta
18. 7" Pig Sticker – Double ground in black Micarta
19. Tapered Tang Handle Detail
20. 5" Utility Hunter – Loveless Style

Workmanship and Performance of the materials your knife is created from are guaranteed for life.

Our knives are not only a Using Tool; they'll become an Heirloom your Grand Kids will pass on to their kids!

Thank You for stopping by.

Steve Martin, B.Eng
Knife Maker
Nelson, New Zealand
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Its absolutely beautiful !! – the work you put into the blade is amazing ! It looks and feels so good – you are an amazing craftsman and your design has only enhanced the knife Love the tapered tang with the red liner– the brass worked out so well – the point at the end of the knife is great - I have never seen a knife like it ! – I have never seen such quality and craftmanship Its lighter than I thought it would be – it’s a lovely weight
melstar12 (26 26 positive feedback)  Thu 16 Nov
I am the proud owner of knife number 1 on the website. I am so impressed with the quality of the steel and the craftsmanship and I would rate Steve as a master crafstman. I have just finished using it to dress a stag and after finishing the whole job it is still razor sharp. I sometimes just get the knife out to handle and admire as a work of art. He is right up there with top knife makers in the world and he is a lovely guy to deal with. Thanks again Steve.
rps1 (123 123 positive feedback)  Tue 13 Dec
acv19 (486 486 positive feedback) Address Verified Mar 2019  Fri 11 Nov
Steve's knives are addictive . My second knife started out as a concept based around a Sponaugle form with the twist of a six pin handle which is difficult to execute well . Steve has produced a micron precise work of understated beauty and practicality which I will use and enjoy owning - the wait was well worth it .
oldguy10 (1146 1146 positive feedback)  Thu 17 Sep
I make hunting knives that are bloody good users. I use good steels, get the blades professionally heat treated and take great care in making and finishing the knife. Steve Martin makes knives that are more than bloody good. They approach perfection! Steve has the gear, knowledge, skills and the attitude to achieve this. I made a special hunting blade for my son. I got Steve to heat treat the blade. I wanted it done right. It was! This guy is a master craftsman. Eric Strachan
erics (74 74 positive feedback)  Fri 27 Mar
I own the 2 "ivory" knives and a grin that won't go away.They evolved from my shape big 1 to adding Steve's small 1 as 2 singles to what you now see.It took awhile but the obvious hours of skilled work and pride shown far exceed what I paid,I am indebted to Steve for this.If you want that special knife you never could find give Steve a call{sorry Steve}.Like good guns, they'll never will let you down or lose value and will last for generations. Magic Steve, cheers Jim.
benja7 (209 209 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2018  Fri 07 Mar
Steve is passionate about the knives he crafts. He communicates all the way through the project with descriptions of work and photos. Starting with my concept he developed the idea and produced the knife which meets every criteria to the very highest standard. This is a knife for life intended to be used ; I have little doubt it will eventually pass on to another appreciative user, or perhaps a collector as there is every chance Steve's knives will gain full collector status in the years ahead .
oldguy10 (1146 1146 positive feedback)  Mon 16 Dec
I discussed with Steve a knife style I wanted made.He came up with 3 options, 2 I liked and settled on 1.All contact with Steve has been both helpful and friendly, you soon realise it's not all about the money.His "generous" guarantee only serves as an indication to his skill level and quality of work.My knife arrived and is distinctive, elegant and a very useful tool.I am so impressed with it that I'm getting the other made..Thanks again Steve for a great knife Cheers Jim
benja7 (209 209 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2018  Mon 09 Sep
I asked Steve to make a hunting knife for my son's eleventh birthday. He was fantastically generous with his time as we discussed the commission and looked at options. Steve reflects his incredible skill as a craftsman in the way he helps to ensure that the right knife gets to the right person. My son has not ceased to take out his knife, gaze at it, clean the blade and sigh at its beauty. I mean it, this is a gift he will treasure for ever. Thanks Steve for more than delivering the goods!
puffin55 (8 8 positive feedback)  Tue 13 Aug
I collect hunting/outdoor knives, a third being high end.I brought one of Steve's on spec. on line and was blown away by the workmanship and obvious skill level involved.So much so that within a week I'd ordered a second and now proudly own two of his fine knives.His work is the best I've come across and highly recommend Steve to anyone after a finely made knife with a finish you have to see.
benja7 (209 209 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2018  Fri 12 Jul
I have a solid background in knife sharpening and blade knowledge. Steve re-handled a kitchen knife of mine and after seeing the finished product, visiting his workshop, talking to him and observing him work, I quickly became aware that here was someone in complete mastery of their craft. You will not find a better finished, better quality knife anywhere in the world no matter how many hundreds of dollars more you spend.
zico373 (961 961 positive feedback)  Fri 05 Jul
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