Meet the Craftsman
Raleigh has been crafting knives since the age of 14. In 2016 he founded Avery Knifeworks as a means to sell his blades. Today, those blades are made available exclusively through Avery Knifeworks showroom and our authorized dealers. Specializing in custom hunting and kitchen knives, Avery Knifeworks is a go-to for anyone who needs a durable tool and desires functional art.
See some of his early work by clicking this video from early 2020.
Malea is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Sociology. Malea is responsible for managing our showroom, handling most communications with customers and even assisting in the forge. Much of our sheath production is currently handled by Malea. Come give her a visit in our Banner Elk showroom.
In October of 2015, Raleigh Avery, having been exposed to blacksmithing earlier that year at summer camp, made his first knife as a birthday gift for his grandfather. Inspired by that event, he launched into the artform of blacksmithing with vigor. It was a slow start, being fifteen it was hard to even amass the tools to explore the craft. However, after years of work, a short stint in college and two years on History Channel's "Mountain Men", Avery Knifeworks has become a full time job since 2020.
During the height of the Covid Pandemic, Raleigh decided to open a showroom in Banner Elk, NC. A location close to his forge and more importantly a location close to heart, stuck between family land and within the mountains that inspired so much growth and opportunity for him. Malea Massey joined the team as Manager of the showroom at opening in 2020, following a stint of work in the forge.
Since Avery Knifeworks first blade was crafted in the fall of 2015, thousands of users and collectors have added one of Raleigh Avery's knives to their arsenal.
Some of our favorite steels are CPM 3V, Nitro-V, 80CrV2 and 1095. Our handles are largely crafted from hardwoods with resin incorporated for stabilization or 'resin-river' designs. Some of our favorites include pinecones cast in resin, dyed maple burl, and resin/burl split scales. View some examples by clicking the button below
Avery Knifeworks guarantees that all of our products are made from the highest quality materials, matched with craftsmanship at the highest level possible. Each tool produced by Avery Knifeworks is guaranteed against defects in original materials and craftsmanship. Damage caused by wear and tear, or abuse and misuse is not covered by our guarantee. A knife is cutting tool, please make sure that your custom knife is designed for your intended use. To read the full Warranty click here