I’ve always been passion driven. Food, art, music. I was a cook for 10 years at Charlotte’s in New York’s Hudson Valley. Cooking gave me a respect and a passion for knives. You work with them every day. That’s your tool, and I wanted to make better tools for the industry.
If you love the tools you use, you enjoy the preparation of food that much more, and your customer enjoys eating it that much more. It’s virtuous cycle.
So I set out to make the best knives in the world, and that will always be my goal.
It took me only four years to achieve my Journeyman Smith certification in the American Bladesmith Society – as some of you know I’m sure, there aren’t very many of us. Now I’m working towards my Master.
Any knife with my name on it is one your family will pass on for generations
Any knife I make is art. Each one begins as raw materials, for both the blade and the handle. Each one is finished to exacting standards. But the pinnacle of my work is the custom knife forged from Damascus steel, also commonly called patterned mosaic steel.
In this process I work with you to make something to your specifications. How you work. Your hand size. The right balance. The perfect weight. All to exacting tolerances.
There are plenty of places on the web to read detailed descriptions of how to make Damascus. I don’t see the need for that here, even though each smith ends up with their own process for it. It’s an ancient skill and a highly demanding one.
It’s a more difficult process because you’re actually making the steel. The time and craft involved in folding and forging the steel to make a blade makes for a different result entirely, and that shows in the beauty and individuality of the piece.
It’s like Christmas morning for me when I finally reach the etching stage and see what’s going on, how it takes on its own organic form. Like marble shows the sculpture where his art must go, the Damascus shows me how each knife’s personality will come to the surface.
No one will ever have a blade like your Greg Cimms custom.