Master Bladesmith Artist's Statement - Jonas Blade & Metalworks

Artist’s Statement

I stole my mom’s paring knife when I was 10. 

I hid it under the sofa in the basement. I never cut anything with it, just took it out and admired it from time to time. If I’m honest, ten-year-old me felt empowered by the feel of it in my hand. And if I’m really honest, I still do. It has never been about the power to do violence with a blade—although I do think it’s important for me as a maker to respect that potential—but there is just something about knives that I find compelling.

Think about it. Every culture in the world has used knives since long before recorded history, and they are useful in nearly every sphere of human endeavor. You’ve probably used one at least once already today. Knives are simply a feature of our existence in the world we inhabit.

As a bladesmith, I get to explore the balance of form and function through the endless variety of mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. My craft pushes me every day to learn more and work harder. I love the immediacy of seeing beautiful, useful objects take shape in my hands.

– Zack Jonas



Explore The Collections

Come and have a look through my portfolio. I’ve got everything from paring knives to cleavers, small hunters to bowies, letter openers to functional household art, and a selection of more elaborate work for the discerning collector. Google Google

Custom Orders

I love custom work; it lets me envision with work I never would have come up with on my own.

Every knife that comes out of the Jonas Blade studio is completely handmade, so each piece is totally unique. If you do not see what you are looking for in my Collections, reach out to me here and start a conversation about your own custom project.


Come see what I’m up to in my studio. I try to update my Instagram at least once a day with progress shots, tips for my fellow makers, and freshly finished work. 

Learn about the process

Come take a peek behind the curtains and learn a little bit about the work that goes into my knives.

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About Zack Jonas

I won’t bore you with my whole life story, but if you would like to know a little more about me, here’s the abridged version.

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