You can’t make good knives if you don’t use good materials. When I started in 2002, it was almost impossible for me to find any ‘modern’ materials like titanium, carbon fiber, G10, …
Most of the other Belgian knife makers only used wood, antler or bone as handle material and Carbon steel as blades.
I wanted to make something different, something that was ‘deviant’, ‘out of the box.
I love using RWL-34 as bladesteel for folders. It’s easy to work with and it holds a great edge. When I can’t get this, I also use N690 and M390 (wich is a pain to work with). All these stainless steels are heattreated professionally in Germany.
Most of my prototypes are made of A2 carbon steel. This is because I can harden this steel myself.
Carbon fiber is gorgeous, but it’s a hassle to work with. It’s a dirty, dangerous material. I hate using it, but love it when it’s finished.
Zirconium: Awesome as a bolster material. This stuff burns my fingers almost everytime I use it, but it looks amazing when anodized. You can get it almost black.
Titanium: A must have for modern knifemakers. Especially framelocks need this material. It’s strong, lightweight and can be anodized in many different colors.
Superconductor: A copper/titanium/niobium alloy wich is