In the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo mountains sits a century-old adobe ranch house where artisans handcraft art knives of rare beauty. From one-of-a-kind custom designs to popular, affordable collections of pocket knives, table and kitchen cutlery, men’s gifts and accessories, each of Santa Fe Stoneworks collectibles is a unique example of the cutler’s art – the quintessential marriage of fine steels with gemstone, shell or intricate wood marquetry.
Here at Santa Fe Stoneworks we do make our own custom knives the old fashion way, from scratch. For affordability reasons, we also purchase knive stocks from high-quality and trusted manufacturers. We hand-grind our own designs from top notch 440C and ATS-34 blade steel.
Co-founders Bill Wirtel and John Iverson started the Santa Fe Stoneworks in 1978. John retired from the business at the end of 1998. Recognized as a leader in the field, Santa Fe Stoneworks has consistently produced a range of knives from collector-grade, handmade one-of-a-kinds; to popular, affordably-priced gifts that comfortably fit most any budget or holiday list.
As Bill says about his continuing involvement, “My grandfather was a stone cutter from Upper Bohemia, where the logo for the Stonecutters’ Guild was called a ‘wirtel.’ I proudly carry on that tradition.”