This maker profile is part of our Maker Spotlight series. See below the article for more details.
Tell us a bit about you: what do you offer or make?
I’m Kyle Fairchild and I run Fairchild Forge out of my shop in Bountiful, Utah. I mainly do stock removal, although recently I’ve started to do more forging.
I have made many different styles of knives, including kitchen knives, hunting knives, machetes, and EDC knives. My favorite style of knife to make is a khukuri.
What is your main job? Is knifemaking refuge or a good combination?
My main job is an Occupational Therapist and I work in a skilled nursing facility.
How’d you get into knife making?
I have always been drawn to knives. I also appreciate the precision of a well-made tool. Almost two years ago as I was watching YouTube videos I was recommended a video on how to make a knife. I was very interested in the process and thought it looked like something I could learn to do. Since then my knife making obsession has been relentless.
What steps do you do yourself?
I design my knife templates and either cut out or forge (or both) the blanks out of bar stock. I do all shaping, heat treating, handle shaping (handle material is outsourced), and have done Kydex sheaths. I have a relative who is very skilled with leatherwork and has made sheaths for me previously.
What’s your favorite and least favorite part of making knives (and why)?
I most enjoy shaping steel and handle materials and seeing a piece of raw material turn into something beautiful and functional.
Hand sanding is very time consuming and can be monotonous.
Your favorite knife and why?
My favorite knife is a khukuri. I enjoy making them and really enjoy swinging them around. They have beautiful curves that enhance their overall function.
Any knife maker you admire or who inspired you?
I am inspired and amazed by many makers. Instagram has so many talented makers. Just a few of the many: @bakerblades, @moody_blades, @hueyforging, @jed_hornbeak, @jrknifeandtool, @septem_knives, @allenmatthewcustomknives, @rpm_neil, @warcrownforge
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Where can we learn more about you?
Find me on Instagram @fairchild_forge.