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MOHR CUSTOM KNIVES is located in Dandridge, TennesseeĀ at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Our shop can be found in deep woods of East Tennessee. MOHR CUSTOM KNIVES consists of father and son team, Rick and Tom Mohr. They have spent decades acquiring the skills pertaining to custom knife making and Tom began forging in 2006. He does all the forging, heat treating, grinding, shaping, polishing and designing of handles. Most blades are hand forged on-site, using time-honored knife making techniques. Other blades are hand ground by using the stock removal method. This is done by cutting circular saw blades, band saw blades, car leaf-springs or even old files and turning these items into a work of art; a custom, handmade knife that can be used for a lifetime. Tom is an ABS apprentice and was awarded a scholarship to Haywood Community College by the American Bladesmith Society, a scholarship awarded to only three people a year in the United States.

Rick and Tom are conscious of cleaning up the environment, so most knives are made with recycled scrap metal, usingĀ  metals with HIGH carbon content because it’s stronger and holds an edge longer than other types of metals.


All MOHR CUSTOM KNIVES are custom made, from different types of scrap metal including:

  • Band Saw Blades
  • Round Saw Mill Blades
  • Car Leaf Spring
  • Files
  • Industrial Mower Blades
  • Railroad Spike
  • Horseshoes


Because all of their knives are handmade, no two blades will ever be identical. No jigs, mills or CNC machines are ever used.

All of the handles on a MOHR CUSTOM KNIFE are pinned and epoxied so no moisture can get between the handle and the tang.


Handles are made from different materials including:

  • Stag
  • Cocobolo
  • Desert Ironwood
  • Mesquite Burl
  • Walnut
  • Bocote


Guards are handmade from a solid piece of Brass, Aluminum or Nickel Silver.


Custom knives available from MOHR CUSTOM KNIVES include :Railroad Spikes

  • Horseshoes
  • Hunters
  • Skinners
  • Bowie Knives
  • Filets
  • Utility
  • Tradesman Knives
  • Kitchen Cutlery

We offer a one day workshop on making your own custom knife at our shop in Dandridge, TN. Please see our Build-A-Knife page here on the website for more details.



1 Comment

  1. CommentsTodd Maurer   |  Thursday, 03 August 2017 at 10:42 pm

    My name is Todd, I have just moved to the Nashville area and I have been a knife collector for a few years but have gotten much deeper in my love over the last few. I recently have started sharpening every and any knife i can find with whetstones and various other methods but have truly fallen in love with the art of the knife. I was curious if i could get a bit of advice and possibly some help in pointing me in the right direction to start learning blacksmithing and bladesmithing. I appreciate any and all help. Thank you.

    Todd M.

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