About LaClaire’s Cutlery
We are a family-owned, small business. Our beautiful knives are created by the father and son team of Perry and Ryan LaClaire. We started our cutlery shop selling a German Cutlery line of kitchen knives. As we continued our sales and growth over the years, we noticed a demand for folding and hunting knives. Not wanting to compete with the big box stores, we started researching. We found some fantastic blade smiths, started a partnership with them, and began using their knife designs as blanks, adding handle material from various sources. As LaClaire’s Cutlery grew, we started designing our own knife blades. Presently, we have Two Fingers in Idaho Falls make the blanks for us; they are a second generation blacksmith company and make some of the best Damascus in the world. Two Fingers uses 1095 Carbon billets and 15N20 nickel, which is folded together to create a minimum of 250 layers of steel. This creates a blade which is not only beautiful, but one that is much stronger and will hold a sharp edge longer. We have expanded our handle material production, and now cut, stabilize and create everything ourselves.
About “Damascus Steel”
Original Damascus steel was imported from India to Damascus, where bladesmiths forged them into swords; the technique was lost in the 1750’s. In 1973 Bill Moran a master bladesmith unveiled his “Damascus Steel” at a Knifemakers Guild Show. This is our current “Damascus Steel” known as pattern welding. Several types of steel and iron slices are welded together to form a billet, which is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. This new “Damascus” Billet is then forged into a knife blank or a blade blank.
About Our Handle Material
We offer many different types of handle materials ranging from wood, bone, horn, and synthetic materials. We have managed over time to build up some good resources for many of our handle materials. So we are able to offer more choices and still keep the prices reasonable.
One of our handle materials is called “Fluerinite” it is a type of resin that we make. When we fist started making the material we put it through it’s paces before we started using it for handle material. We have put it in heat, placed it in a freezer, thrown it down on concrete and a granite counter top right from the freezer. When it gets wet it become more grippy, which is nice because then it has less of a change of slipping out of your hand. We have developed many different color combinations.