Chris Smith is the son of famed custom knifemaker John W Smith, who is well-known in the community for having top-notch fit and finish. Chris' knives are very similar, designed for everyday carry with a more tactical look than his father's but the quality is very similar. Chris only makes a highly limited number of knives per year so when you find one in stock, grab it while you can.
Smith, John W.
I have been a fulltime maker since 1993 and am proud to be a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild. Most of my work is in embellished locking folders, with an occasional art fixed blade. In 1994 I began doing my own engraving and started making Damascus in 1999. I prefer natural handle materials such as mother of pearl, fossil Ivories, and stone. Blade steel is my Damascus (unless otherwise noted) or one of the high-quality stainless steels currently available. The embellishments I offer are engraving, gold inlay, mosaic pearl inlays, file work, carving, and solid 14K gold screws and thumb studs that I make in-shop.