Will Stelter J.S.
Mind over matter takes on a new meaning with Will’s mastery of both method and metal. The youngest in the lot, Will surpassed himself with a complicated serpentine multibar Damascus and strong design elements, like the point of his hilt that aligns with the handle, or the fish mouth weld at one end of the billet, historic technique to make the pattern converge. Very good balance, and pleasing play of colors on the materials. The old iron guard adds a vibe of nostalgia and timelessness.

Serial number



Hidden tang


1080/15n20 steels


Serpentine pattern multibar



Guard & Fittings

Wrought iron guard


Stabilized desert ironwood

Build time

200 hours




Serial number JG-C-O-N-WS
Exterior Calf with ostrich insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 12 hours


Will Stelter

From Montana, USA

Will’s journey as a knifemaker began at 14, removing stock on a cheap little
belt sander in his parent’s garage, progressing little by little and building a
workshop by sharpening neighbors’ knives. Forging followed at 16, under the mentorship of both Salem Straub and Daniel O’Malley. Whilst still in high school, he was creating clean and professional quality works. At 18, Will moved to Montana for college and to pursue knifemaking in earnest. The call of the latter grew more urgent, and he stopped school to work with his friend and fellow blacksmith Alec Steele for two years, developing a style of his own. Will now has his own shop in Montana. Besides simple flowing lines and proportions, Will is most recognized for his V-shaped and curved fit ups, as well as his pattern welded steel.