Curt Haaland J.S. #1
A very interesting homemade san mai with a carbon steel core and stainless steel flanks; a compelling interplay of hues, textures and finishes amplified by the juxtaposition of materials and adroit transitions. Seamlessly in flow from the beautifully finished steel of the blade to the hint of brut de forge to the bronzed aluminum guard to the curly mango handle. Curt is just as home at the antipodes of western knife-making traditions his mastery of ancient Japanese techniques only amplifies the idea of a universal soul within the blade. The fact that it is a take down attests to this being a creation that is more than the sum of its parts.

Serial number





80 CrV2/410ss steels




Flat with fuller

Guard & Fittings

Aluminum bronze guard and buttcap


Stabilized curly mango wood

Build time

150 hours




Serial number JG-C-SK-N-CH
Exterior Calf with snake insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 14 hours


Curtis Haaland

From Tennessee, USA.

Curtis feels we all are born with a desire to create and that he is especially fortunate to have found his purpose in the craft of knife-making. Growing up in a family of artists, he learned to love working with his hands and developed a keen aesthetic sense. At 17, he found his destiny, forging his first blade with mild steel, cheap tools and a makeshift forge. A few years later, Master Smith Burt Foster took him under his wing and taught him about quality craftsmanship; his style and generosity woke in Curtis the desire to make a living from his art. Jason Knight would also be a guide, bringing him into a professional shop where he could stretch his abilities. Today, Curtis soars with his own wings, pushing the limits, in his own shop, built with his dad in the place where it all began.