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JP Miller Custom Knives

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I began making knives in 1965.

I started making hand forged Damascus in 1977. I joined the Knifemakers Guild in 1982.

I make carbon steel knives using 1095 carbon steel. The carbon steel knives are made by using the stock removal method. Only natural materials are used to create the handles.

The Damascus knives are all hand forged one at a time. I use two different combinations of carbon steel - 1095 + 01 and 1095 + 15N20. Damascus knives will have from 200 to 500 layers of steel. To create the Damascus steel, a gas forge and 50 lb. trip hammer are used to weld and fold the layers of steel together.  After forging, grinding, and polishing the metal is etched to bring out the beautiful grain patterns of the steel. 

Each piece is an original work of art.

 
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Gallery photos by Cory Martin
 

The next show I will be attending is...

International Custom Cutlery Exposition

September 22-24, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

 

 

Please contact me for further information.
You may email me at jpmiller@netins.net

or reach me by phone at 319 635 2294
 

Payment may be made by money order, cashiers check, or personal check.  Checks will be held for clearing.

Foreign payments must be in U. S. postal money order or cashier's check in U. S. funds.

 
 
SAMBAR STAG HUNTER   The ladder and bird’s eye pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels.   It is 4 5/8” long, 1” wide and 3/16” thick. The 4 1/2” long Sambar stag handle has a wrought iron guard with steel pins. Overall length is 9 1/8”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with brain tanned deer hide.        SOLD

SAMBAR STAG HUNTER
 
The ladder and bird’s eye pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels.
 
It is 4 5/8” long, 1” wide and 3/16” thick.

The 4 1/2” long Sambar stag handle has a wrought iron guard with steel pins.

Overall length is 9 1/8”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with brain tanned deer hide.

 
     SOLD

 
CURLY ASH CAPER   The random pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steel.   It is 4 1/2” long, 7/8” wide and 1/8” thick. The 4 3/8” long curly ash handle has steel pins. Overall length is 8 7/8”. The 9 oz. cowhide sheath is covered with buffalo leather.   Price:  $375.00

CURLY ASH CAPER
 
The random pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steel.
 
It is 4 1/2” long, 7/8” wide and 1/8” thick.

The 4 3/8” long curly ash handle has steel pins.

Overall length is 8 7/8”.

The 9 oz. cowhide sheath is covered with buffalo leather.
 

Price:  $375.00

 
AMBER STAG HUNTER   The ladder and bird’s eye pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels.   It is 4 3/4” long, 1 1/8” wide and 3/16” thick. The 4 1/4” long Sambar stag handle has a wrought iron bolster with steel pins. Overall length is 9”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with brain tanned deer hide.        Price:  $600.00

AMBER STAG HUNTER
 
The ladder and bird’s eye pattern Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels.
 
It is 4 3/4” long, 1 1/8” wide and 3/16” thick.

The 4 1/4” long Sambar stag handle has a wrought iron bolster with steel pins.

Overall length is 9”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with brain tanned deer hide.
 

     Price:  $600.00

 
CABLE DAMASCUS HUNTER   The cable Damascus blade is 4  5/8” long, 1 “ wide and 3/16” thick. The Sambar stag handle is 5 1/8” long with steel pins and a wrought iron guard. Overall length is 10 3/4”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with buckskin.        Price:  $425.00

CABLE DAMASCUS HUNTER
 
The cable Damascus blade is 4  5/8” long, 1 “ wide and 3/16” thick.

The Sambar stag handle is 5 1/8” long with steel pins and a wrought iron guard.

Overall length is 10 3/4”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with buckskin.
 

     Price:  $425.00

 
Curved Tooth File Knife   The blade of  this knife is 6 5/8” long 1 1/8” wide and ¼” thick.  It is made from a curved tooth file. The handle is 4 9/16” long and made of teak with steel pins. The overall length is 11 3/16”. The sheath is made of  9 oz. cowhide.        SOLD

Curved Tooth File Knife
 

The blade of  this knife is 6 5/8” long 1 1/8” wide and ¼” thick.  It is made from a curved tooth file.

The handle is 4 9/16” long and made of teak with steel pins.

The overall length is 11 3/16”.

The sheath is made of  9 oz. cowhide.

 

     SOLD

 
Damascus Blackfoot Dag   14 7/8" blade x 2 1/8" wide - Overall length 22"    Cave Bear Jaw handle.    Wrought Iron guard.    Sheath is 10oz. cowhide covered with elk rawhide with brain tanned deer hide fringe.    Aged to look old.    Price upon request

Damascus Blackfoot Dag

 

14 7/8" blade x 2 1/8" wide - Overall length 22" 

 

Cave Bear Jaw handle. 

 

Wrought Iron guard. 

 

Sheath is 10oz. cowhide covered with elk rawhide with brain tanned deer hide fringe. 

 

Aged to look old. 

 

Price upon request

 
BLACKFOOT WAR CLUB MADE WITH THE BLADE OF A HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY BUFFALO KNIFE   This war club is patterned after a Blackfoot War Club.  It has the blade of a Hudson’s Bay Company Buffalo Knife.  The original war club is on display at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska. The blade of the knife is 14” long,  2  3/16” wide and 1/4” thick with steel pins. The 33  1/2” long club is made of walnut. The entire club is aged to look old. The feathers are turkey feathers hand painted to look like owl feathers that are on the original.         Price:  $650.00

BLACKFOOT WAR CLUB

MADE WITH THE BLADE OF A HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY BUFFALO KNIFE
 
This war club is patterned after a Blackfoot War Club. 

It has the blade of a Hudson’s Bay Company Buffalo Knife. 

The original war club is on display at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.

The blade of the knife is 14” long,  2  3/16” wide and 1/4” thick with steel pins.

The 33  1/2” long club is made of walnut.

The entire club is aged to look old.

The feathers are turkey feathers hand painted to look like owl feathers that are on the original.

 
      Price:  $650.00

 
STAG HANDLE FILE KNIFE   The 10  15/16” long, 1 1 /4” wide and 1/4” thick blade is made from a file. The 4 3/4” handle is Sambar stag with a wrought iron guard and butt cap. Overall length is 15 3/4”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide.        Price:  $550.00

STAG HANDLE FILE KNIFE
 
The 10  15/16” long, 1 1 /4” wide and 1/4” thick blade is made from a file.

The 4 3/4” handle is Sambar stag with a wrought iron guard and butt cap.

Overall length is 15 3/4”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide.
 

     Price:  $550.00

 
CABLE DAMASCUS KEPHART KNIFE   The cable Damascus blade is 4 1/4” long, 1” wide and  1/8” thick. The 4 1/4” long curly koa wood handle has steel pins. Overall length is 8 1/2”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide with and attached ferro rod.        Price:  $400.00

CABLE DAMASCUS KEPHART KNIFE
 
The cable Damascus blade is 4 1/4” long, 1” wide and  1/8” thick.

The 4 1/4” long curly koa wood handle has steel pins.

Overall length is 8 1/2”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide with and attached ferro rod.
 

     Price:  $400.00

 
JEREMIAH JOHNSON BOWIE KNIFE   This knife is patterned from one the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody,Wyoming attributes to Jeremiah Johnson. The 1095 carbon steel blade is 10 1/4” long, 1 1/2” wide and 3/16” thick.   The blade has been aged to look old. The 4 5/8” long handle is made of elk horn with brass pins. Overall length is 14  3/16”. The sheath is made of 9 oz. tooled leather.        Price:  $800.00

JEREMIAH JOHNSON BOWIE KNIFE
 
This knife is patterned from one the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody,Wyoming attributes to Jeremiah Johnson.

The 1095 carbon steel blade is 10 1/4” long, 1 1/2” wide and 3/16” thick.
 
The blade has been aged to look old.

The 4 5/8” long handle is made of elk horn with brass pins.

Overall length is 14  3/16”.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. tooled leather.

 
     Price:  $800.00

 
VOYAGER STYLE KNIFE   The random pattern integral bolster Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steel. It is 5  1/2” long, 1” wide and 3/16” thick. The 3 3/4” mammoth ivory handle has four mosaic pins. Overall length is  9 1/4”. The 9 oz. cowhide neck sheath is covered with brain tanned deer hide.        Price:  $900.00  

VOYAGER STYLE KNIFE
 
The random pattern integral bolster Damascus blade is made of 1095 and 15N20 carbon steel.

It is 5  1/2” long, 1” wide and 3/16” thick.

The 3 3/4” mammoth ivory handle has four mosaic pins.

Overall length is  9 1/4”.

The 9 oz. cowhide neck sheath is covered with brain tanned deer hide.
 

     Price:  $900.00
 

 
Civil War D-Guard Bowie   The blade on this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel.  It is 13  3/4" long, 2" wide and 1/4" thick. The elk horn handle has a D guard and steel pins.  It is 4 3/4" long. The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with alligator leather. Overall length is 18  1/2". This knife is aged to look old.      Price:  $500.00

Civil War D-Guard Bowie
 
The blade on this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel. 

It is 13  3/4" long, 2" wide and 1/4" thick.

The elk horn handle has a D guard and steel pins. 

It is 4 3/4" long.

The sheath is made of 9 oz. cowhide covered with alligator leather.

Overall length is 18  1/2".

This knife is aged to look old.


     Price:  $500.00

 
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Northwest Company Hand Dagger   The blade of this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel.    It is 7" long, 2  3/16" wide and 3/16" thick. The ebony handle is 7" long with a nickel silver trade silver     turtle and nickel silver pins. The sheath is 9 oz. cowhide covered with buffalo leather. The overall length is  14 1/8". This knife is patterned after a pre-1826 hand dagger that was found     across the Missouri River from Ft. Union on the North Dakota, Montana border.      Price:  $600.00

Northwest Company Hand Dagger
 
The blade of this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel.
  
It is 7" long, 2  3/16" wide and 3/16" thick.

The ebony handle is 7" long with a nickel silver trade silver
    turtle and nickel silver pins.

The sheath is 9 oz. cowhide covered with buffalo leather.

The overall length is  14 1/8".

This knife is patterned after a pre-1826 hand dagger that was found
    across the Missouri River from Ft. Union on the North Dakota, Montana border.


     Price:  $600.00

 
French and Indian War Rifleman's Knife   The blade of this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel.  It is 9" long, 1 1/2" wide     and 3/16" thick with a steel S guard.  The 5 1/4" long Sambar stag handle has a steel fuller with a steel butt cap     and through tang construction.  The overall length is 14 3/16".  This knife is aged to look old.  The sheath is made of wood covered with leather.       Price:  $475.00

French and Indian War Rifleman's Knife
 
The blade of this knife is made of 1095 carbon steel.  It is 9" long, 1 1/2" wide
    and 3/16" thick with a steel S guard.

 The 5 1/4" long Sambar stag handle has a steel fuller with a steel butt cap
    and through tang construction.

 The overall length is 14 3/16".

 This knife is aged to look old.

 The sheath is made of wood covered with leather.


      Price:  $475.00

 
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Damascus Bowie with Stag Handle   The random patterned Damascus blade of this bowie is made     of 1095, 01 and 15N20 steels.    It is 11 3/8" long, 1 5/8" wide and 7/16" thick with through tang construction. The Sambar stag handle is 5" long with wrought iron guard and butt cap. Beaded Sheath Overall length is 16 3/8".      Price: $1,500.00

Damascus Bowie with Stag Handle
 
The random patterned Damascus blade of this bowie is made

    of 1095, 01 and 15N20 steels.
  
It is 11 3/8" long, 1 5/8" wide and 7/16" thick with through tang construction.

The Sambar stag handle is 5" long with wrought iron guard and butt cap.

Beaded Sheath

Overall length is 16 3/8".


     Price: $1,500.00

 
Yellow River Daggers I sold one of the first Yellow River Daggers that I made to the prop     department of the movie, Lone Ranger (2013).  The knife I made can be     seen near the end of the movie.  Butch Cavendish uses the knife in a fight     with the Lone Ranger on top of the train. The blades on these daggers are 7 ¼” long, 1 ¾” wide and 3/16” thick.   Both are made of 1095 carbon steel and aged to look old.   The top blade has been aged longer. The walnut handle is 4 3/16” long with steel pins. They have steel guards. The overall length is 11 1/2”. The sheaths are made of 9 oz. cowhide.  They have been aged to look old.      Price:  $450.00

Yellow River Daggers

I sold one of the first Yellow River Daggers that I made to the prop

    department of the movie, Lone Ranger (2013).  The knife I made can be

    seen near the end of the movie.  Butch Cavendish uses the knife in a fight

    with the Lone Ranger on top of the train.

The blades on these daggers are 7 ¼” long, 1 ¾” wide and 3/16” thick.  

Both are made of 1095 carbon steel and aged to look old.  

The top blade has been aged longer.

The walnut handle is 4 3/16” long with steel pins.

They have steel guards.

The overall length is 11 1/2”.

The sheaths are made of 9 oz. cowhide.  They have been aged to look old.


     Price:  $450.00

 
Dutch Working Knife   The blade of this knife is 5 1/8” long, 13/16” wide, 1/8” thick and made of 1095 carbon steel. The handle is 3 ¼’ long and made of cast brass. The bolster is made of steel. Overall length is 8 3/8”. The sheath is 9 oz. cowhide. The sheath and knife have both been aged to look old.      Price:  $300.00

Dutch Working Knife

 

The blade of this knife is 5 1/8” long, 13/16” wide, 1/8” thick and made of 1095 carbon steel.

The handle is 3 ¼’ long and made of cast brass.

The bolster is made of steel.

Overall length is 8 3/8”.

The sheath is 9 oz. cowhide.

The sheath and knife have both been aged to look old.


     Price:  $300.00

 
Hudson's Bay Scalper The blade of this knife is 7 5/8” long, l” wide and 1/8” thick.  It is made of 1095 carbon steel. The 4 1/8” long walnut handle has six steel pins. The overall length is 11 ¾”. The sash sheath is 9 oz. cowhide with tacks. The knife and sheath are aged to look old.     SOLD

Hudson's Bay Scalper

The blade of this knife is 7 5/8” long, l” wide and 1/8” thick.  It is made of 1095 carbon steel.


The 4 1/8” long walnut handle has six steel pins.


The overall length is 11 ¾”.


The sash sheath is 9 oz. cowhide with tacks.


The knife and sheath are aged to look old.


    SOLD

 
CARTOUCHE KNIFE The blade of this knife is 5 5/8” long, 1” wide, 1/8” thick and is made of 1095 carbon steel. The handle is 3 ¾” long  brass with pressed water buffalo horn and brass pins. The overall length is 9 3/8”. The sheath is made of deer rawhide with the hair on the inside. The knife and sheath have been aged to look old.      Price:  $325.00

CARTOUCHE KNIFE

The blade of this knife is 5 5/8” long, 1” wide, 1/8” thick and is made of 1095 carbon steel.

The handle is 3 ¾” long  brass with pressed water buffalo horn and brass pins.

The overall length is 9 3/8”.

The sheath is made of deer rawhide with the hair on the inside.

The knife and sheath have been aged to look old.


     Price:  $325.00