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The Survival Podcast Knife Workshop

Let me help you learn how to make your own knife. Easy.

***Class is only available to attendees of the TSP Fall Event***

Cost $400 ($200 deposit $200 at the event) 

I am excited to be one of Jack Spirko’s instructors again this year! Jack’s “The Survival Podcast Workshop” sold out in just about 2 hours last time! That means that you guys really want to be at the 9 Mile Farm in November. And so do I!

This year there are less instructors and more time! Also we will have an area dedicated for the knife class. 

I will be bringing enough materials for a small 8 […]

By | 2017-09-14T08:11:36+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Survival Podcast Knife Workshop

Limited Time TSP Genesis Sale

TSP “Val” Genesis

I have had several request for a run of TSP Val Genesis. The last time we ran them it was a huge success. These are only going to be available for a limited time, and probably won’t be available again for quite a while.  This run is going to have the “Val” logo in place of the MT Knives logo in the photo (the MTK logo will be on the back side) Unless there is a landslide of orders They should ship in 2-3 weeks if not sooner.  

The Deadline for ordering will be Friday May 26th by Midnight.

By | 2017-05-08T13:10:45+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Limited Time TSP Genesis Sale

Learn to make knives… the MTK way!

My first time teaching people to learn to make knives went really well!

During The 2017 Survival Podcast’s Spring Workshop this past month I helped eight people to make their very first handmade knife! It was an amazing experience! When Jack asked me to help people learn to make knives with this class I really wanted them to come away knowing something about knifemaking and I think they did! It was my first time teaching a class like this and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have enough time to teach everyone to make their knives in the short time that I had available to me. Especially since I was just one instructor among 15 different breakout workshops!

Thankfully, […]

By | 2017-04-06T08:10:08+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Knife Making|Comments Off on Learn to make knives… the MTK way!

Ponder CTS™-XHP versus other steels. Is the quality in the steel?


Welcome back. In some ways, this is the hardest of the three posts about CTS™-XHP. In others… easy day. What I wanted to look at here was just a side by side comparison of a few different types of steels and then draw a conclusion or two. Basically, it’s a versus post! Who has the best stats? Let’s find out.

MTKnives is a little… different.

This post is going to approach this subject a little differently than most knife makers approach the subject. A lot of people in this industry like to take one knife and compare it to another using the rope-cut method. There are others but this one is pretty ubiquitous. Basically, you take […]

By | 2017-03-07T23:25:59+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

CTS™-XHP: Is this super steel the best for knives? I think so.


Let’s continue our discovery of CTS™-XHP. Possibly the best knife steel ever.

CTS™-XHP is one of the most fantastic steels on the market. I don’t just say that because I use it. I say that because it is possibly the best. It is in high demand. The thought that went into the formula is dumbfounding. The quality of the manufacturing is top notch. And most importantly the performance of the steel is unbelievable. I have a hard time saying something is the best ever, but this steel might just be the best knife steel ever. Let’s keep describing it. Hope you enjoy!

Carpenter’s XHP is Air Hardening:

Recall the last post when we talked about how CTS™-XHP was formed using powder metallurgy? Ok. So […]

By | 2017-02-26T23:04:54+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

No Longer Selling Sharpening Supplies

 I am no longer going to stock sharpening supplies.

I want as many people to be able to keep their knives sharp as possible! And to save their money so they can spend it on a nice knife 🙂 So I am going to provide you with the links to the products I recommend as well as cheaper alternatives. I believe in buy once cry once. So it isn’t really a recommendation, but I understand some people just prefer to go with the cheapest route available. These links are Amazon Affiliate links and I will get a small percentage of the sale cost. However, it doesn’t cost you any more than it would if you bought straight from Amazon.

I may be […]

By | 2017-02-22T12:36:30+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

CTS™-XHP: What is Carpenter’s XHP steel? In a word, Excellent.

 Is CTS™-XHP the best steel? I think so.

CTS™-XHP steel at this time is my go to steel for Extra High-Performance knives. Frankly, I think it is incredibly hard to beat in performance. Carpenter’s XHP outperforms pretty much everything out there. It is a premium steel and it is coveted by knife makers around the world. I have been wanting to write a few articles about this steel for a while now.


That time is now. Let’s dive in!

Over the next few articles, I plan on covering the makeup of the steel, some in-depth explorations of the characteristics of the steel, and make some comparisons to other common steels you might encounter.

For this article, […]

By | 2017-04-26T20:12:17+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment