"Jot Singh Ji, Your craftsmanship is superb, the kirpans for my wife and I are better than I could have imagined... the pictures do not do them justice. Thanks... I am sure I will have more ideas for you to meld into art soon..."

D. Mandeeep Singh - Florida, USA

"Jot Singh Khalsa is an honorable man and a brilliant custom knife maker."

Sal Glesser - Founder and CEO of Spyderco Knives (from the Spyderco online forums)

"Hello Jot Singh, I collected the Kirpan last week, but then flew out to Europe the next day and only arrived back today... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is absolutely amazing, very nice work indeed - I am most astonished. I have not had a chance to show it to anyone yet, but that would be done in due time."

R.S. - London, UK

"Hi Jot Singh, It has arrived! The photograph was well taken and the kirpan looked so beautiful, but the photo does not do it justice! What a magnificent piece of work it is, and thank you and Julie Warenski-Erickson so much! Truly a legacy item. The fit, finish and balance are stunning. Do let me know when you have a date for us to meet so that if necessary I can book some holiday."

With my very best regards, D. Cadd - United Kingdom

"Dear Mr. Khalsa, At Christmas, I received from my wife a present of a wonderful folding knife you have made. You are a great artist and you have a wonderful profession to make things like this. With these kind of knives you give a lot of pleasure for those people, who enjoy this great work. I collect knives and I must say your knife is the most beautiful knife in my collection up 'till now! Thank you."

K. Reichert - Germany

"Jot Singh, Your website does not do much justice to this beautiful masterpiece created with great care and affection. Thanks a lot. I did receive it today. The size was bigger than I expected but then it's the way a Kirpan should be. I will soon order another one for my day to day use. Thanks again."

G. Atwal - California, USA

Jot Singh Khalsa Biography    

(For Technique and Awards - scroll down)

My wife and I live and have our business and small manufacturing facility on the grounds of a wonderful spiritual community in Millis Massachusetts USA about a 50 minute drive, southwest of Boston. Classes are offered here in yoga and meditation, healing, humanology and a lot more. I'm Jot (pronounced Joat - 'rhymes' with boat) Singh Khalsa and my wife and I have been part of this community since 1980. I grew up in the Boston area.

For 6 years, beginning in 1972, I trained intensively in art, jewelry making and metalsmithing at the State University of New York at New Paltz where I learned to create silver and gold jewlery and artful objects. Shortly thereafter in New York City, I attended the 1st New York Knife Show, was impresed by what I saw and handled and said to myself 'I can do this!'. My shop and home office are where I design and my team and I fabricate handmade knives, swords and Kirpans (sacred Sikh knives). We are happy to consider creating something unique and special for you or loved ones. We also design and offer quite a bit of jewelry, which can be viewed and purchased at: www.theKhalsaRaj.com and www.LifeKnives.com.

I enjoy designing edged items, fine-tuning the mechanics of a folding knife, and meeting the challenges that a one-of-a-kind dagger, sword or Kirpan present. Choosing the materials that will best suit the subtleties of a paritcular piece is another aspect that I take pleasure in - matching different colors and shapes of a handle or inlay materials with patterns of damascus steel. It's very satisfying when a piece that I've toiled for hours, days, or months over develops into something that pleases others as well as myself.

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Technique

My knives and swords are hand-made and custom made. I employ the stock removal methods in grinding blades, and all other processes are done completely by hand, utilizing a variety of tools and machinery.

My style is original, often a combination of classic and contemporary. I create designs with both a visual and a practical aesthetic in mind. My knives, swords and Kirpans (Sikh knives) fit in the hand comfortably and have good balance. My years of training in gold and silversmithing and metalsmithing in general provide me versatility in incorporating numerous possible elements into my designs. This can work to also include your concept in something unique, original and wonderful, for you and your family to treasure. I often combine precious metals and natural gemstone materials, accented with precious or semi-precious gems. Over decades I've acquired and developed quite specialized and unique skills to utilize these materials. 

For about 16 years, I forged my own Damascus steel. Because the pattern-welded Damascus steel-making process I employed produced noxious fumes, since around 1999, I've chosen to purchase my Damascus steel from several reputable professionals who make it for a living. A varierty of sohpisticated patterns in stainless steel damascus, and high carbon steel and nickel damascus are available. Of course even though I'm purchasing these Damascus steel bars and plates from others, we still fit, shape, grind and do all the final finishing and etching of the blades. We do some of our own hardening and tempering and rely on professional heat treaters for our longer bladed items.

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Awards

(click on awards with asterisk and you'll be taken to that award winner)

 

Beretta Award*
for oustanding achievement in handcrafted cutlery
at the California CUstom Knife Show - October, 1988.

Best Knifemaker/Engraver Collaboration*
small dagger w/ matching scabbard
at the California Custom Knife Show - October, 1988.

First "KI" Award (Knives Illustrated Magazine)*
for Best Art Knife (Dagger)
at the Knifemaker's Guild Show
Orlando - Florida, July, 1989.

Best Damascus Knife (Dagger)
at the 13th New York Custom Knife Show
presented by Damascus USA - November, 1990.

Best of Show (folding knife)
at the first Meadowlands Custom Knife Show
New Jersey - March, 1995.

Best Art Knife*
at the Blade Show
Atlanta, GA - May, 1995.

Best Folding Knife
at the Rhode Island Knife Show
October, 1995.

Best Folding Knife
at the Espolama Knife Show
Lugano, Switzerland - April, 1996.

Best Folding Knife
at the Blade Show West
Costa Mesa, CA - September, 1998.

Best Folding Knife
at the Southeastern Custom Knife Show
Winston-Salem, NC - September, 1999.

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