I am living in the UK down in Cornwall. I got small smithy, where, when i have time I build knives.
My knives design is aiming for the outdoor activity, but i also design some for the ‘intimidation’ appearance, and that is just for fun, as you can be more creative.
For the blades I am using mainly O1 and 5160 (from car suspension spring). I do my heat treatment in my gas forge, and typicality it’s a Differential hardening.
Handle material is usually wood plastic spacer and brass.
My knives are mostly the hidden tang type.