• high performance knives and swords

    hand forged in Vermont

  • Available Knives

    in stock knives, one offs and specials

    gunong/keris tribals

    gunong/keris tribals

    275.00
    keris/gunong with 550 battlewrap in your choice of 5160 or 80CrV2, with kydex. prices from $250-325 depending on options
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    FMA inspired 1084 fighter

    FMA inspired 1084 fighter

    195.00
    fighter with live backedge, trapping/thumb recess and stabilized battlewrap in stripped black 550 cord
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    1084 spear point

    1084 spear point

    180.00
    1084 spear point with green cerakote andbattlewrap in stabilized stripped OD 550 cord. kydex sheath. part of a treasure trove of older blades unearthed in the shop cleanup
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    5160 reversible shell guard hanger

    5160 reversible shell guard hanger

    700.00
    27' 5160 hanger with reversible shell, mild steel fittings and ebonized cherry hilt
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    custom mortuary hilt backsword with Hanwei hilt

    custom mortuary hilt backsword with Hanwei hilt

    775.00
    custom made 32" double fullered 5160 backsword blade fitted to an improved Hanwei Mortuary sword hilt (the hilt has been opened up for a proper fighting sword tang, the grip core reshaped, and the original leather replaced with grey shagreen) 2-1/2 lbs, POB 24-1/2 inches
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    52100 EDC

    52100 EDC

    235.00
    Drop point EDC in differential tempered 52100 and textured black canvas micarta.
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    1095 Bowie

    1095 Bowie

    325.00
    DGW style Natchex bowie in differential tempered 1095 and black linen micarta
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    single edged Viking sword

    single edged Viking sword

    965.00
    single edge Viking in differential tempered 5160. wood grip covered in stabilized leather, mild steel fittings
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    1095 Bushcraft

    1095 Bushcraft

    235.00
    Bushcraft in differential tempered 1095, black linen micarta scales
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    large Coffin Nail

    large Coffin Nail

    200.00
    one off, oversize Coffin Nail in 80CrV2, zero convex grind with green stabilized battlewrap
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    g smith order

    g smith order

    320.00
    if ya don't know, don't buy it
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    puñal one-off

    puñal one-off

    305.00
    PI style 80Crv2 puñal with micarta scales
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    Headhunter hawk

    Headhunter hawk

    240.00
    forged 5160, based on the Igorot style axe. distal tapered haft, differential hardened edge and spike with stabilized 550 wrap
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    AP Scraper

    AP Scraper

    230.00
    handforged, distal tapered 80CrV2 and micarta. currently these are made to order, approximately three week wait
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    lightweight street barong

    lightweight street barong

    315.00
    distal tapered, differential hardened 80CrV2. zero convex grind, natural micarta scales.
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    Ruination Bowie

    Ruination Bowie

    625.00
    Ruination in 80CrV2, blued mild steel and walnut hilt. 3/8" to nothin' distal taper
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  • Standard Models

    All models available in my san mai damascus. call or write for pricing.

    standard hunter

    designed for medium and large game

    standard hunter: 4" blade of 5160 or 1084 standard, 52100,80CrV2 and damascus available. Cherry or walnut hilt , aluminum guard (standard) brass ($10 extra). $300 base price with pouch sheath. call for damascus 0r

    Damascus and 52100 pricing.

    woodsrunner

    survival/camp knife

    Woodsrunner camp/survival knife: 5-1/2 to 7" blade lengths in 5160,52100 or 80CrV2 steel-hilt and bolster options same as the Hunter.

    puuko utility

    based on traditional Finnish design

    Puukko utility: 5160, 52100, 1084 or 80CrV2 steels available, lenghts from 3-7". 4" 5160 or plain carbon, $260 with above hilt options.

    bird and trout

    small enough for small game, tough enough for deer

    Bird and Trout-3-3/4 inch blade with 2-7/8" cutting edge. 52100 steel standard, aluminum guard. Small enough for small game, strong enough for everything else. I really like these. $285

    basic bushcraft

    special order

    Basic Bushcraft Knives: 1/8" 1084 standard, through hardened and differential tempered. Micarta handle (other options available). Kydex belt sheath. Hardened notch at base of edge for use with magnesium fire starters-no more cut fingers or dulled edges. $225, + $10 for tek-lok.

    street barong

    A Moroland classic for the 21st century

    a compact modern twist on the Moro barong. available in standard and lightweight variants and blade lengths from 4" to 9". prices starting at $320

    scalpels

    a lot of cut in a small package

    generally done out of bar ends from the forging process, generally 80Crv2 or 5160...differential hardened with a stabilized hemp cord battlewrap. $125. hollow, flat or zeroo ground convex available

  • Bowies

    Ruination Bowie

    my own take on the traditional coffin handle, built to customer specs


    8-1/2" to 12" blades, available with my own improved dropped coffin hilt-leather or kydex slip sheath with belt stud. full distal taper, well balanced and fast. generally zero ground convex, flat/convex hybrid grind available
    Prices: 80CrV2 with cherry or walnut hilt and kydex, $600. Exotic woods starting at $610. call for damascus prices. leather sheath add $25.

    Damascus Ruination

    pattern welded variant with modern hilt

    21st Century Natchez bowies

    EDC coffin in a traditional build

    - 5-3/4 inch blades, my own variant of the classic coffin handle. sheathed in a kydex slip sheath with stud and rare earth magnet for retention. Comfortable and fast, but small enough for everyday carry. top with 1084 blade and osage orange hilt, bottom in 5160 with rosewood.
    Prices:
    differential hardened 80CrV2, cherry or walnut hilt: $375. Rosewood or other exotic wood, starting at $390. 52100 blade, add $25.
    call for damascus pricing.

  • Custom Orders

    Custom orders are the heart of what I do-if you're going to pass a knife along to your grandkids, it should be exactly what you want. Contact me with your design specs (a drawing is very helpful) and I will get right back to you with an estimate.

    Options include the alloy used, wood, bolster materials as well as customer-supplied materials (steel from a family property, or a piece of antler from a deer you took yourself)-email or call for more info.

    scandi hybrid hunters

    flatground pattern welded gent's bowie

  • Contact Us

    583 Jug Brook Rd, Marshfield, VT 05658
    802-917-1789
  • In the Forge

    Each J W Bensinger custom knife begins as a bar of the appropriate alloy, which is then forged to the desired shape-allowing better and more economical use of the material, and more variety in shape and balance than can easily be accomplished otherwise. after initial grinding they are then either differential hardened (giving a soft spine and hard edge) or through hardened and differential tempered, depending on the intended use and geometry of the piece. My preferred steel is 80CrV2, but 52100, L6, 1084 and 1095 are all available.