• high performance knives and swords

    hand forged in Vermont

  • Available Knives

    in stock knives, one offs and specials

  • 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.


    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, lengths from 3-7". 4" 80CrV2 or 52100, $300 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. $300

    basic bushcraft

    special order

    Basic Bushcraft Knives: 1/8" 80CrV24 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, + $12 for Spyderco g-clip.

    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 $330


    a lot of cut in a small package

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

    ap scrapers


    A stripped down, compact CQB tool without any grip anomalies to restrict its use. Available with or without index finger relief. Starting at $275 with kydex

    the prisoner 115

    a very compact, sturdy little shiv. generally I do little runs of these with whatever wrap I feel like doing but they can be done to order as well. starting at $125 in the 3-1/2-4" blade length range.

  • 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, $700. Exotic woods starting at $710. call for damascus prices. leather sheaths add cost depending on configuration.

    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.
    differential hardened 80CrV2, cherry or walnut hilt: $375. Rosewood or other exotic wood, starting at $390. 52100, 1095 also available.
    contact 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

    Note: I am no longer doing orders by phone, please use the contact form below or message me

    583 Jug Brook Rd, Marshfield, VT 05658
  • 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.