Name: Jerid Johnson
Company: Jerid Johnson Custom Handmade Knives
Location: Lake Forest, CA 92630
One day while watching TV, I came across a documentary on the history of Buck Knives. The documentary showed how Buck began making knives from old files. After watching the show I thought to myself, “I could do that”. Having a life long interest in knives and the outdoors, I hopped on the internet and started searching for more information. Surprisingly, I came across a vast amount of knowledge and people who were eager to teach and transfer knowledge to wanting to learn the craft.
I began to make handmade knives November 2003. I started out using the stock removal method of blade shaping. My first knife was a little full tang hunter with 6 brass pins holding the scales on. Needing a better method than using a blowtorch to heat blades for the heat treatment, I built a forge. With a running forge in my shop I quickly went out and purchased a cheap anvil and started forging blades to shape. I love the freedom forging offers in designing a blade. There is also much less grinding that has to be done to finish a knife.
I exclusively use high carbon steel in my knife blades and currently favor 5160, 1095 and O1.I have been truly impressed with the performance characteristics of high carbon steel blades and feel they have outperformed all production knives I have ever owned in the past. My knives are crafted by hand using various hand and power tools. All tools are guided by my hand and eye which makes for a truly unique finished product.
I was born and raised in Southern California and currently reside in Lake Forest, California. Besides knife making, I enjoy spending time with family, mountain biking, hunting, hiking, fishing, etc..
Bladesmithing has become a very fulfilling hobby and I take great pride in my work and I am constantly trying to improve the fit, finish, and function of my knives. If you are interested in obtaining one of my currently available pieces or are interested in having a knife made drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do to meet your needs.
I use high carbon steel in my knives. Most are hand forged but I occasionally use the stock
removal method for smaller knives. I primarily focus on fixed blades of the bowie, hunter, skinner, camp, and utility types.