I began making knives for myself when I was 12 years old. My Dad blacksmithed and made some knives as a hobby for many years. I asked one day if I could make a knife he gave me a piece of 5160, a file, and book on knifemaking. He told me to read up and figure it out. For the next 12 years, I experimented, tested, and learned.
I established Horribilis Blades in February of 2017 after my wife suggested I make some knives specifically for use in the garden and bring them to a local herbal fair where she would be selling her handmade jewelry.
The moment I made my first knives intended to serve as a tool for others I was hooked. Something about the challenge of creating a knife meant for tough use that could be trusted for a lifetime appealed to me beyond all reason. I had begun the pursuit that I will never stop chasing. Always doing better today than I did yesterday, always pushing myself to innovate and move forward.
My name is Charles, I am the craftsman behind Horribilis Blades. I make each and every one of my products by hand. Start to finish, everything in house. Each and every knife created with precision and durability in mind. I trust my knives to last a lifetime. With proper care, such as the occasional coat of oil, my blades are intended to be handed down. I am confident in my process and materials so much I guarantee every blade will function as a cutting tool for a lifetime.
Each steel I use is thermal cycled to maximize the toughness of the steel. The temperature, time, and quench that I use for each steel maximizes the hardness and the edge retention of the blade. The marriage of these properties makes for a tool that you can trust. Each of these properties determines how the final knife will perform in real world conditions.
Every one of my blades though beautiful are intended to be used. I have said it before and I will say it again, the heat treatment is what determines the true quality and value of the blade. A super advanced, expensive stainless steel would be completely wasted when improperly heat treated. It would seriously under perform in comparison to ANY properly heat treated steel.
It is my belief that the type of steel a knife is made from should compliment the intended use for that knife. For that reason I currently utilize 1095 High Carbon Steel, O1 Tool Steel, W2 Tool Steel, 52100, 5160, 80CRV2, CPM3V, CPMS35VN, Nitro V and AEB-L. Some of these steels hold their edges longer, some have more toughness, some are easier to sharpen, and some hold a sharper edge. Every blade is tailored to the needs of the person behind the knife.