Mike Quesenberry M.S.
Starting with an extremely thick billet, Mike met the challenge with a full integral Damascus: forging the carbon steel in such a manner as to integrate the bolster, the balancing point between blade and handle, and create a smooth transition between the two. The result is a stronger, more hardwearing knife in the guise of a work of art, with endlessly mesmerizing details, from the wavy motif to the micro indentations to the thinned tang in the handle of chatoyant exhibition-grade desert ironwood. A masterful creation that brooked no compromises; it took three attempts. I’ve always admired Mike’s bladesmithing compass: "The true soul of the blade comes from proper techniques, start to finish".

Serial number





1080/15n20 steels


W pattern


Flat with tappered tang

Guard & Fittings

Damascus (integral construction)


Stabilized exhibition grade desert ironwood

Build time

80 hours




Serial number JG-C-A-C-MQ
Exterior Calf with alligator insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 15 hours


Mike Quesenberry

From California, USA.

Mike’s interest for making knives began around 2004. He soon learned about the American Bladesmith Society; it was the beginning of his passion for forged blades, integrals specifically – starting with a block of steel, whether it’s mono or pattern welded, and shaping the blade, tang and guard as close as possible to the finished design. He enjoys taking the time it takes; the process has a therapeutic effect. He is continually experimenting and researching to further his knowledge of knife making, striving for perfection with every knife he builds, achieving a perfect balance of solid construction techniques and visual appeal. “Tashi’s design definitely presented a forging challenge – no straight spine, the guard angle, the dramatic curves to the tang... I only had to forge it twice.”