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This page contains various knives that
were custom built for knife clients.

This unique knife  is  made  with mammoth tooth
on the handle.  It  is  custom  made to be a wood
carver,  so  all  the  blades  are  wharncliff  style.
The  4 1/4"  stockman  style handle has a 3" main
blade along with two others at 2 1/4" and 1 3/4".
I can no longer use mammoth tooth or ivory.

This "caping" knife  has  the  customer's
elk  ivory  tooth  inlaid  in  an  elk  antler
handle. I inlay elk teeth for $25 per tooth.

For a ready-made  knife to have  your elk
teeth  put  into,  click  here  to  see  what 
knives are available.


There is nothing in the California ivory
law concerning elk teeth.

 California Ivory Law

“Ivory”  means  a tooth  or tusk from a 
species   of   elephant,   hippopotamus, 
mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, 
whale,  or narwhal,  or a piece thereof, 
whether  raw  ivory  or  worked  ivory, 
and includes a product containing,  or 
advertised as containing, ivory.


This  is my  $375 model P111 hunter with iron-
wood handle scales. The crown of two elk teeth
are  inlaid,  one on each side.  Total cost to cus-
tomer  was  $425  for  the knife and two inlays.



These  knives  were  made  for a group of elk 
hunters.  They  all  decided to order the same
model  #2  caper with  their  choice of handle 
material.  They  sent  me  their  elk  ivories to
inlay on each side of the handle.

The  one  on  the  left is desert ironwood and 
the other five are California buckeye. All are 
made with S30V steel. The sheaths have been 
dipped in a hot solution of Neatsfoot oil with
parafin melted in it to weatherize them.

Here is my newest inlay project-
Elk tooth ivories in a folder!

This is my Model D4 drop point
with  ironwood  handle  scales.


Backside with personalized initials


Fond memories of a deer hunt-



This is my model BK510X styled after a Buck 110,
 but has a beefed up 4" S30V blade and is 5" closed.
It  has  stainless steel  bolsters,  liners and pins. The
 handle material is amber dyed Sambar Stag.  Made 
for  Rolando Rivera with a belt clip,  ambidextrous
thumb opener and filework.  Price: $575.





Rolando  ordered  a second one but with an S90V
blade. Here are his comments when he received it.

"I got the folder! Danggg, all I can say is - super 
badass.  It's beautiful!  Honestly, it's a heirloom 
quality  piece.  I'm speechless sir.  Thanks from 
the bottom of my heart for putting your heart &
 soul into making my knife."

My Model A4 Slip Joint
Can be made to be a lockback

This is a custom slip joint with a thumb  opener.
I made this for Bob Slayton in March 2015. He
posted  the  following  on  Blade  Forums  on 
20 DEC 15 :

"I want to talk about a knife.

A  while  I go I hooked up with  Al Warren,  knife
maker. I am paralyzed on the left side so have a lot
of custom needs. 
He  took  his basic traditional knife and adapted it 
for me, adding a thumbstud and pocket clip, soften-
ing the spring as well for  one-hand  operation.  He
even sent me excellent pics of different samples of
ironwood so I could  pick one out.  I have worked 
with several  knifemakers,  and this was my easiest
and best experience by far.

Now  add  the  drama.  The  house  sprung  a leak 
somewhere in the  walls.  Water started bubbling 
up through the floorboards,  not much at first and 
then over the course of a few days, getting worse. 
We had to get out, fast;  my wheelchair was skid-
ding  and  I  worried  about being stranded.  The 
insurance  company  put  us  up  in  an accessible 
hotel and my wife packed up everything.

So there I was, with only my edc, the Al Warren. 
It was eight weeks before we got back;  this was 
the only knife I had during this time.

This  knife performed like a champ.  Whatever I 
had to tackle,  it handled just fine.  And,  by the 
way, I haven't sharpened it once, or felt I had to.

We're back now, with everything restored. This 
is still my carry knife, and I'm planning to get a 
another one from him, a different model.

You never know till you have to depend on it. 
This is one great knife."

Bob Slayton

Blade Forums Link




A model C4 lockback with a  S30V drop-point 
blade  and mammoth tooth scales.  Made for a
happy  Ryan McShane  in  Australia.  To make
sure it  was  Australian  legal,  the blade is just 
under  3" and  the  spring  pressure  is  enough
to require  two  hand  opening.  It is  no longer
legal for me to use mammoth tooth.

Filework on spline


I can no longer use mammoth tooth or ivory.



A very light-weight version of my model T4 
lockback made by request for Mr. Marcus
Tate in Australia. It has red linen micarta 
scales with"button" bolsters.  The bird & 
trout  style  blade  is  S30V stainless  steel.


Same  model  T4 in a slipjoint version and a 
drop  point   blade.   Steel  is  S30V  with   a
"stone-washed" finish. Scales are cabon fiber.
Click here for  Youtube video of this knife


 In  celebration  of  his  retirement  as a peace 
officer, Patrick ordered a custom knife made
 to  his  design.  This  "Battle Knife"  has pre-
mium desert ironwood scales. The guard and
pins are  stainless  steel  and  the  7"  blade is 
S30V steel tempered to 58 Rc hardness.

The sheath has an overlay front and back of 
gator hide that Patrick sent me.  Wow, what
a  gorgeous  sheath  it  made!  Price:  $625.


Michelle wanted to surprise her husband
 on their 10th anniversary with this knife,
which has a 4" raindrop damascus blade
with sambar stag handle and koa spacer.


filework ....................................................................................backside

 3 1/2" copperhead commissioned by Rich Conrad. 
It  has mammoth  ivory  scales and filework on the
 liners. The blades, springs  and bolsters are double 
stainless  damascus.  A  snappy  knife  with  great
"walk & talk". 
I can no longer use mammoth ivory.


This large lockback folder, like a Buck 110,
was  for Ossian Grahn in Sweden.  It has a
4 1/4" S30V blade with thumb openers on 
both sides and is 5 1/4" closed. The liners,
pins and dove-tailed bolsters are stainless.
Price  with  handle  scales  as  shown with 
sambar stag is $475.

 I  made  a  second  one for a retired police 
officer. Here is a report he made about it:

"Al,  I shot a South Texas piggy in Zapata,  TX on
the Mexican border. I gutted and skinned this hog
with the model 110 you  made  with  S30V  steel.

As  I'm  sure  you  know  those  russian  boar  are 
armour  plated  and  you well know the effect the
hide and hair has on a blade edge. The entire pig 
was done without touching up the edge. Even cut-
ting rib meat  and  finer dressing out.  Never seen
edge retention like that before.

Those South Texas boys wanted to buy that knife
on the  spot.  Told  them  where  to get one.  Just
thought  you'd  like  to  hear  how  exceptionally 
well your knife performed.

Thanks again... Patrick."






The  7"  blade  is  Devin  Thomas  High  Contrast 
Twist  damscus,  the  guard  and  butt are brass and
the handle is one-of-a-kind fossil walrus tusk ivory.




Designed by and made for Dr. Gordon Raile. It 
has a 3 1/2" blade of hand-rubbed satin finished  
S30V steel,  sanded and polished caribou antler 
handle  scales,  nickel silver  guard  and a black 
linen micarta butt.



Another knife designed by and made for Dr. Raile.
It  has  a  3 3/4"  hand-rubbed satin finish.  Handle
scales  are  silver-black  Pakkawood. 
$395 with sheath.



3 3/4" Trapper

An elephant ivory trapper made for 
Mr. James Culpepper. Blades are
S30V steel. Closed length is 3 3/4".



Filework  on  back  tie  the  two 
springs  together.  This  shows  the
liners of Hawaiian Koa. In 25 years
of using Koa backing I have never 
had any ivory spit, check or crack.




This is my model C4 folder using Devin 
Thomas ladder pattern double stainless
damascus.  The  bolsters  and  pins  are
nickel silver  and  scales are mammoth
ivory.  The  blade  is  3". This  was
created  for  Mr.  Jack  Rifenbark.



First Miniture

Here are the results of a model P162 purchased by
Mr. Mike Ley of Colorado and a 2" mini made in
its  likeness  by  his  request.  Both  are  full  tang 
ATS-34 with nickel silver bolsters and Hawaiian
curly koa scales.


Medallion Inlayed In Mammoth Tooth Handle

This knife was made for Mr. Ron Bokowy. 
The  blade is  4 1/4" S30V stainless,  guard
 and butt are nickel silver,  the narrow tang 
goes  though  a  solid  block  of  mammoth
tooth.  Mr.  Bokowy  supplied  the bronze
 medallion  that I cut the eagle head out of. 




This was made for Mr. Paul Symonds in the UK.
It is a miniture of my  model  146 skinner  using 
a fossil walrus tooth for the handle.


In 2006 Matt Hansen send me a photo from the
back of  a magazine  and asked if I could make
this  knife. The  knife  is  8 1/4" overall  length
with a 3 1/2" S30V steel blade. The  scales are
sambar stag,  blade  is  S30V  stainless,  nickel
silver  guard  and  pins.  This  has  become  my
Model H114.  Priced at $475 with stag.

It's  been  awhile since I've been in touch,  but I 
thought  I'd drop you a line because I got to put
my Warren custom knife to  the  test  tonight on 
dressing  out an antelope in Wyoming.  It's been
about a year and a half since you made the knife 
for me,  and this is the first big game animal that
I've gotten since that time, so I was eager to try 
it out.

 I  can't  even  tell you enough about how well the
knife performed tonight. I skinned and boned-out
the antelope in the field,  and the knife did every-
thing I asked of it  exceptionally well.  The short,
stout blade was easy to control.  The Sambar stag 
handles  stayed  put  in  my hand,  even when they
were wet. As I mentioned to you before when you 
built  the  knife  for  me,  this  knife is going to be
with me for a lifetime of hunts.  Tonight was  just
the first of many times that it will be put to work.

  I'm just so pleased with it,  and I had to write and 
let you know.  You  did  a wonderful job for me!
Thank you again so very, very much!
  Warmest regards,
  M. Hansen
  Lincoln, Nebraska
  (writing from Laramie, Wyoming)"