high performance knives
hand forged in Vermont
custom swords over the years-pm for details and prices. sabers and filipino/asian styles a specialty
in stock knives, one offs and specials
All models available in my san mai damascus. call or write for pricing.
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 camp/survival knife: 5-1/2 to 7" blade lengths in 5160,52100 or 80CrV2 steel-hilt and bolster options same as the Hunter.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.