Apart from bows, I sometimes also make knives. These will not be custom made; however I do sell knives that I have in stock. Throughout the ages, knives – as well as bows – have been used as tools as well as weapons. For me, they are also a means to use my creativity, as they combine usefulness with beauty. My knives are handcrafted without the use of modern equipment, so they take a long time to create and are each unique. The knives are made of the finest stainless and high-carbon steel, and are decorated with filed patterns, and my name is engraved in hard steel.

Some knives are engraved by hand. The hardening process is done by professionals, to the desired Rockwell strength. For the grips I tend to use natural materials like wood, horn, antlers, and mammoth ivory. Knives that will be used for rough work will have Micarta grips.

All my knives come with beautiful sheaths made of thick leather, hand stitched and decorated with stamps.

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  • Messen_1

 

1. Type: Bowie

  • Length blade/grip: 11,5cm / 10 cm
  • Total length: 21.5cm
  • Material blade: ATS 34 stainless steel
  • Material grip: Stag antler/ India
  • Details: guard of wrought iron made from ships nail from 17th century Dutch ship. Blade decorated through filing.
  • Messen_2

 

2. Type: working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 11cm/11cm
  • Total length: 22cm
  • Material blade: Damascus of L6 and O1 carbon steel
  • Material grip: flamed American Maple
  • Details: 256 layers Damascus, hand-forged. Made after knives by famous knife smith Jim Moran. Guard made of wrought iron from a ships' nail from a 17th century Dutch ship. Grip decorated through filing.
  • Messen_3

 

3. Type: skinner

  • Length blade/grip: 6cm/6.5cm
  • Total length: 12.5cm
  • Material blade: ATS 34 stainless steel
  • Material grip: Amboina wood
  • Detail: small, handy, knife
  • Messen_4

 

4. Type: art/work knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8.5cm/10cm
  • Total length: 18.5cm
  • Material blade: 01 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Olive wood
  • Details: decorated with filing work on the back of the blade
  • Prijs: € 250
  • Messen_5

 

5. Type: art/work knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8.5cm/10cm
  • Total length: 18.5cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Letter wood (Snake wood)
  • Details: decorated with filing work on back of blade
  • Messen_6

 

6. Type: working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8.5cm/9.5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Deer antler
  • Details: blade has been treated traditionally, to add protective oxide layer.
  • Messen_7

 

7. Type: working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8.5cm/9,5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Water Buffalo horn
  • Details: decorated with filing work on back of blade
  • Price: € 250
  • Messen_8

 

8. Type: hunting knife

  • Length blade/grip: 10cm/10cm
  • Total length: 20cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Rosewood/Deer horn
  • Details: guard is combination of Micarta, wood, bronze and antler.
  • Messen_9

 

9. Type: art knife

  • Length blade/grip: 9.5cm/11cm
  • Total length: 20.5cm
  • Material blade: ATS 34 stainless steel
  • Material grip: rams horn
  • Details: blade tapers into grip. Blade made after design of old Persian dagger. Guard is made of iron, with filing work and flame-blued .
  • Messen_10

 

10. Type: art knife

  • Length blade/grip: 9.5cm/11cm
  • Total length: 20.5cm
  • Material blade: ATS 34 stainless steel
  • Material grip: rams horn
  • Details: blade tapers into grip. Blade after old Persian dagger. Guard from iron, with filing work and flame-blued. Decorated with filing work on back of blade.
  • Messen_11

 

11. Type: scandinavian-style puko working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 6cm/9cm
  • Total length: 15cm
  • Material blade: high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: osage orange wood
  • Details: very versatile small knife. Pommel made of messing.
  • Messen_12

 

12. Type: traditional patch cutting knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8,5cm/12.5cm
  • Total length: 21cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Deer antler
  • Details: blade roughly wrought and covered with protective oxide layer. Grip attached by strip of rough leather.
  • Messen_13

 

13. Type: hunting knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8.5cm/9.5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Deer antler
  • Details: guard and pommel made of messing. Blade decorated with file work.
  • Prijs: € 250
  • Messen_14

 

14. Type: working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 7.5cm/10.5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: osage orange wood
  • Details: inspired by short, Scandinavian, working knives, but with blade point like Japanese tanto knives. Guard and pommel made of messing.
  • Prijs: € 250
  • Messen_15

 

15. Type: Scandinavian-style working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8,5cm/9,5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: 3-layered wrought sandwich steel with centre layer of high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: rams horn
  • Details: versatile, robust, working knife
  • Prijs: € 250
  • Messen_16

 

16. Type: traditional working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 10.5cm/10cm
  • Total length: 20.5cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: rams horn
  • Details: guard and pommel made of messing; blade wrought and covered with protective oxide layer
  • Messen_17

 

17. Type: working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 7,5cm/10.5cm
  • Total length: 18cm
  • Material blade: O1 high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Sycamore wood
  • Details: inspired by short, Scandinavian working knives but blade point like Japanese Tanto knives. Guard and pommel from Hippo-tooth.
  • Messen_18

 

18. Type: Scandinavian-style puko working knife

  • Length blade/grip: 6cm/9cm
  • Total length: 15cm
  • Material blade: high-carbon steel
  • Material grip: Laburnum wood
  • Details: Very versatile, small, knife
  • Messen_19

 

19. Type: working/hunting knife

  • Length blade/grip: 8cm / 9.5 cm
  • Total length: 17.5 cm
  • Material blade: ATS 34 stainless steel
  • Material grip: rams horn
  • Details: this is my personal knife.
    I was inspired by one old Corsican hunting knife.
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