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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.
— John Ruskin

IN House

At DogHouse Forge we keep almost all of our build and material processing in house. From wood stabilizing and forging our own steel blends to heat treatment and hardness testing the products are more consistent  because we are in control.  For us, it's a quality thing. The more we can do ourselves, the smaller the margins for error and the less we have to rely on others. This is one of the things that truly makes DogHouse Forge unique.  We aren't limited to the materials available from distributors or other common resources in our industry. We have the freedom to explore and build new handle materials or Damascus designs. We can run test on performance and get lab quality results on our blades from our own hardness testers.  This means you have more options available when designing your knife and that you will not receive anything but the best from DogHouse Forge. 


Handle Material & Wood Stabilization

Multi stage Dyed and Stabilized California Buckeye burl. We call this one "The Dragon".. 

Multi stage Dyed and Stabilized California Buckeye burl. We call this one "The Dragon".. 

At DogHouse Forge we process and stabilize all or our own handle materials. Doing this allows us to include the majority of our material options in our base pricing, and  gives us the ability to really experiment and get creative with our selection. 


DOGHouse Forge Damascus

A billet of multiple steel layers being forge welded together as the first step in creating Damascus steel. 

A billet of multiple steel layers being forge welded together as the first step in creating Damascus steel. 

There is a certain satisfaction when the first step in your operation is making the steel that will later become your product. At DogHouse Forge we make all of the Damascus that we use.  This guarantees the quality of the steel we are using is the best that we can get our hands on. Through experimentation and lots of  hours of hard work, we have really been able to develop some beautiful patterns that translate beautifully into knives. 

Doghouse's Wack Waves and a clean mid layer twist

Doghouse's Wack Waves and a clean mid layer twist

DHF Exploding Twist on a Damascus MAK

DHF Exploding Twist on a Damascus MAK


Heat Treat, Hardness & Test

In addition to the creation process and the artistic side of it all, bladesmithing must run hand in hand with the metallurgy behind it. The highest priority at DogHouse Forge is the function, and when striving for perfection the science has to be perfect too. Performing our own heat treating and tempering allows us to fine tune each blade for its intended use. With exception to our AEB-L stainless steels DHF treats all its own steel in house. Our stainless steels are processed through a profession heat treatment facility to enable us to provide sub zero liquid nitrogen freezing in between tempering cycles. While we are capable of performing this in house the risk associated is not worth the possible harm to ourselves. Saftey is key!

After the tempering process we test the hardness of the blade on the Rockwell C scale. This can be the most nerve racking phase of the process. There is no mercy in hardness testing, there is no "almost" or "that should be fine", it is a pass-fail course that is the deciding factor when it comes to the quality of the blade. 

After a blade has been shaped, scienced, prettied, heat treated, and questioned about its hardness what could be left? Testing its function and performance!  All of our designs, both culinary and outdoor, are run through a series of tests to ensure that they  can hold up to daily use in the most extreme conditions. Whether it's a 12 inch chef knife in a fast paced professional kitchen, or a camp knife in a survival situation, we are confident that our knives will not let you down!