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July 21, 2014

Knives

 

A native of Summerville, S.C., Chris Williams spent a lot of time hanging out in his grandfather’s shop, watching him turn old band saw blades into knives. That’s where his love for crafting and making knives began. After a 13-year career as an investment banker in the Carolinas, Williams decided to trade in his old career and carve out a new one.

The company: Opened Williams Knife Co. in Johns Island, SC, in 2010. The shop in creates 50 to 75 knives a week.

The goods. Handcrafted specialty knives for hunting, fishing, the kitchen and general-purpose use. Customized knives are a specialty. There are 75 different wood options and 10 trim options. In addition to customized knives, there are stock knives, ranging from $150 to $850. These include 15 gourmet kitchen knives, 10 hunting knives and four fishing knives. They also can be customized.

Materials: Knives come in both domestic and exotic woods, with handle materials in mother of pearl, abalone and various types of bone and antler.

What’s popular: The Edisto Oyster Knife ($300), with its functionality and craftsmanship, gets the most attention.

Other favorites: The Tugaloo ($250) paring knife and the Damascus Savannah ($600), an all-purpose hunting and skinning knife perfect for everyday kitchen chores.

Claim to fame: The Edisto Oyster Knife was the overall winner in Garden & Gun magazine’s “Made in the South” awards in 2011.

What’s next: Handcrafted tables, featuring wooden or stainless steel tabletops, steak knives, clam knives, custom beer tap handles and golf divot replacers.

Unusual or fun requests: In 2012, the U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III commissioned us to create a signature chef knife for each of his team members, caddies, PGA “high brass” and notable friends (including Michael Jordan and Justin Timberlake) to commemorate the golf event.

Where to buy: Online at www.williamsknife.com.

In Atlanta, find Williams’ knives at the Preserving Place, 1170 Howell Mill Road (preservingplace.com)

 

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2 Comments
  1. These look very posh! Interesting to hear about how the company developed too.

  2. Making knives is not that easy. In making and crafting knives really matters the materials that they’ve used. That’s really a talent. Just always be careful in handling knives especially the kids. Thanks for posting.

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