Winner of the National Knife Collectors Association Ron little Award for best custom knife!


Handmade in Western N.C.

 My name is Gary Cunningham.  I am a self-taught knife maker.  I started making knives around 1985.  At that time I worked full time as a machine operator in a factory.  I worked there for 28 years, mainly operating lathes and metal forming machines.  I made knives part time for enjoyment and to supplement my income.  In 2016 the factory closed, leaving me with career decisions to make.  I decided to put my knives first and began working on knives full time.  My knives are completely handmade.  I use no pre-cut blades or factory made parts.  I design my own blades, using primarily stainless steel, and occasionally Damascus.  The majority of my blades are hollow grind.  I flat grind blades if a customer requests it.  I gladly work with my customers to design and create the knife that meets their exact needs.  Details are important to me from the way the knife feels in your hand to the way it cuts.  The high quality stainless steel I use is mainly 440-C, as well as CPM-154 and D-2.  I do my own heat-treating in a computer controlled furnace.  Handle materials vary from micarta to stag, exotic wood, bone and woven fiberglass materials.  I cut, dye, mold and hand sew leather sheaths from 7-8 oz cowhide.  

As you can see, when I say my knives are handmade, they truly are.  I hope you enjoy looking at my web page.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Contact me at  My phone number is (828)399-1612.  Check us out on Facebook at Cunningham Knives.    Keep in check because i will be posting new products , and new designs every week. NOTE.( ALL KNIVES THAT ARE LISTED IN MY STORE ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPPING.) Thank you for your interest.                              Testimonial-    David C.  Got it today absolutely love it, beautiful work,Gary proud to own it,cant wait to clean some trout with it.      Henry F.  Love this knife, skinned turkey ,cut potatoes,fish, Thanks again. Stuart S. got the knives even better in real life,great customer service fast shipping.