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About Me
Ariel Elias Salaverria Custom Knives   My complete name is Ariel Elias Salaverria, I'm a knifemaker from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I made my first knife when I was 12 years old in 1977 and since then I was hooked on this career.

Later on I worked as a mechanic in diesel locomotives, in electric facilities and artistic bladesmithing shops among other places, but I always made the time to keep making knives.

I also took all oportunities I had to learn new methods and techniques to apply them to my knife making career.

After many years of making knives part time, in 2002 I decided to start working as a full time knifemaker thanks to the continue support I get from my customers. Professional knifemaking takes a lot of work and effort, but it's a very exciting and rewarding job.

In 2004 I started to venture in the online knife community and this many years later, I still can't believe all the praises about my work I've been getting from the folks on the forums.

I'm always trying to offer something different and I'm not afraid to test new materials and processes to be able to do it so.

My Knives
All my knives are individually crafted and hand made. Even making similar knives there will be different them due to the very nature of my work.
Every customer can say that they have a truly unique piece.

Nowadays I'm making knives exclusively in a variety of damascus steels that I forge myself on my shop. I specially like San Mai damascus as it allows users to have a very usefull hard edge while keeping all the beauty of the different damascus patterns on the sides.

I usually use steels like 52100, 5160, 1010, 1070, 1085 (cable), D2, O1 and N678.

I've developed a personal technique to forge steel cable showing the strands, leaving no hammering marks and I really like the rough patterns I get from cable.

For handle materials I mostly use local woods, sheep horn, deer or antelope stag and micarta that I make in my own shop. For guards, pommels and general decoration, I use my own made mokume, damascus, nickel silver, sterling silver, brass, copper (natural or enameled) and stainless steel.

I also make my own leather sheaths, although I also can make wooden ones. Lined presentation boxes are also available.

Please take a look at the Gallery of Knives for pictures and descriptions. For knives for immediate delivery, please check out the Available Knives section.

These are a few examples of my latest work.

San Mai Damascus Big Recurve Fighter   San Mai Damascus Utility Knife   Cable Damascus Criollo Knife   Cable Damascus Clip Point   San Mai Integral Criollo Knife   Chain San Mai Damascus Tanto   Integral San Mai Sub Hilt Fighter   San Mai Damascus Utility Knife

Jewelry, EDC Tools and Lanyard Beads
In addition of making knives, I also make small damascus and mokume Jewelry pieces, EDC Tools and Lanyard Beads.

Damascus and Mokume EDC Tools Gallery    

Click on the pictures for examples or on the above link to go to the Gallery.

Stainless Damascus Fork   San Mai Cutter / Kiridashi   San Mai Damascus Bottle Opener   San Mai Damascus Skinner   San Mai Damascus Skinner   San Mai Damascus Pocket Scalpel   San Mai Damascus Bottle Opener #2   San Mai Cutter / Kiridashi
Damascus and Mokume Custom Panerai Buckles Gallery    

Click on the pictures for examples or on the above link to go to the Gallery.

Panerai Damascus Buckle   Panerai Damascus Buckle with Handmade Leather Strap   Kobold Damascus Buckle (PAM Style) and Leather Strap   Panerai Damascus Buckles   Panerai Damascus Buckles   Panerai Damascus Buckle   Panerai Mokume Buckle   Panerai Mokume Buckle
Damascus and Mokume Jewelry Gallery    

Click on the pictures for examples or on the above link to go to the Gallery.

Cable Damascus Heart Pendants   Stainless Damascus Horseshoe Pendant   Damascus Wolf Paw Pendant   Mokume Cross / Crucifix   Stainless Damascus Big Bear Claw Pendant   Damascus Guitar Pick Pendants   Mokume Bear Claw Pendant   Mokume Shark Tooth Pendant
Mokume Crosses   Damascus Guitar Pick Pendant   Mokume Earrings   Mokume Heart Pendants   Mokume Shark Tooth Pendant   Stainless Damascus Cross / Crucifix   Stainless Damascus Heart Pendant   Mokume Pendant
Damascus / Mokume / Micarta Lanyard Beads Gallery

Click on the pictures for examples or on the above link to go to the Gallery.

Cable Damascus Clip Point   San Mai Damascus Nessmuk Project   Stainless Damascus Fork   San Mai Damascus Nessmuk Project   San Mai Damascus Nessmuk Project   San Mai Damascus Bottle Opener   San Mai Damascus Nessmuk Project   San Mai Cutter / Kiridashi
Custom Lanyard Beads   Custom Lanyard Beads   Custom Lanyard Beads   Custom Lanyard Beads   Custom Lanyard Beads   Stainless Damascus Lanyard Beads   Stainless Damascus Lanyard Beads   Stainless Damascus Lanyard Beads

Tutorials and Knifemaking
Make sure to visit my Tutorials section for step by step descriptions for some of the techniques I use and my Knifemaking section for a combination of processes I use to make knives.

This will give you an idea of the kind of work involved in knife and sheath making and you'll get to see a lot of shop pictures too.

Using a Hydraulic Press
As of mid 2005, I'm the first knifemaker in Argentina to use an hydraulic press to forge knives.

This allows me to expand the boundaries of regular hammer and anvil knifemaking to another dimension. I am now making stainless damascus, powdered damascus and all kinds of mokume combinations, among other new experiments with metals.

Here are just some sample pictures of the Knifemaking installment #21: Bowie Blade from Ball Bearings

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Contact Me
The best way to reach me is by sending me an email to ariel@aescustomknives.com You can also contact me on the online knife forums.

I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you don't get a reply in 72 hours, please resend your message to arielsalaverria@gmail.com as probably a SPAM filter caught your original email.

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