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PLEASE NOTE | My knives and customized work are "hand made" to tolerances found by hand and eye, as opposed to fully automated production. Each knife was it's own journey for me, and I became friends with your knife. Many handmade things, which are usually worth more for that reason, show that they were hand done.

Knife measurements are approximate since no two hand made knives are the same.

| Prices |

Due to so many different combinations of steel and handle materials, I no longer put prices on particular knife models, but can say that the average kitchen or hunting knife i make cost about $200, a little more than they used to be, due to rise in steel and handle material costs. My knives also include a kydex sheath with a Chaxloop, so please consider that $25 to $35 of that price is taken up by the sheath.

The steel grades beyond 440c can be as much as double a knife's cost, and some handle materials, like antler or mammoth ivory, usually add $100 to $200 to the cost of a knife. The resulting knife though, has a value much greater than it's cost to have me make it. Steel cost can vary from $8 per foot to $400 an inch and yet all of it is very good knife steel. So it completely depends on your preference. I think i can safely say that the days of the $100 HANDMADE knife (having seperate handle material, other than skeleton knives) are pretty well gone.

Through the years it has been unanimous among my customers that my pricing has been totally respectful for your dollar and that I have tried as hard as I can to deliver you the best you can get for your expenditure. Once there was a man who came to my showroom bent on castigating me for knife costs but after examining my knives and prices, the only thing he had to say was a question: "Who did you study under?" These are real knives, the ones you'll hand down through generations that will long outlive us all. I like making them and your payment enables me to do so.

| Knife Guarantee |
If you are dissatisfied with any CHAX Knife, send it back in reasonable condition within 30 YEARS for a refund according to the condition of your knife.

We want you to love the personality of your knife, in part, for the hand work of CHAX Knives.

Production knife makers make 1000's of each model knife and it is nothing for them to send out a replacement even in the case of intentional abuse. It is actually cheaper for them to replace than spend 15 minutes on the phone with you.

There is no "indestructable" knife. Any knife can be ruined.

I have had only three cases in 18 years and felt two were intentionally abused. It was apparent on one that there was an edge to edge chop made with two very heavy knives i suppose "testing" them. Naturally you can crash two similar items together until one or both will show damage.

I would hope that a reasonable person would understand in this case 30 hours of work for a free replacement is just not fair, but i may replace these at a fractional cost in gratitude for the original purchase, perhaps half', if you are reasonable enough to give me the chance to offer.

A third case occurred when a blade made as a very thin flesh blade, fractured on wood or bone and we worked it out by my customer and friend receiving discounts on a couple other knives he liked.

I will do repair work in any case at a reasonable working man's cost, or free if it was not abused. "Abuse" can be argued, but i am willing to resolve these issues in a relative way. Only if you "stomp off" will you not receive tangible, compassionate help from me.

Also, if you receive a Chax knife shipped and dont like it, i can put it on the table where someone will, and make you another as you like.

I may not do this however if you ordered something so weird or strange that it would not resell in over two years. In a case like this i will offer several choices of resolution.

| Options Note |

You choose the options of the knife - steel type, grind, blued (carbon steel only), cryogenic, pin type or nut & bolts, scales (any kind of material & color in obtainable existence), finger guards, sheath, etc. Contact me to discuss your wishes and their resulting costs.

| Help Choosing A Knife |
I plan to follow up with help on choosing which style or model, but for now, to a great extent, looking at the knife picture, and "reading into it" the tasks a particular knife is good for, does work very well. But to help move your available spec choices along I recommend:


3 EDGE THICKNESS CHOICES [if knife has not been made already]:

• Standard edge thickness if you're not sure.

• Heavy edge for chopping and brutal survival use.

• Flesh edge for neat field dressing and butchery if you will glide along bones, an office environment usage, light carving, and a blade under 4" long. You can still have a Keemosabe flesh, but don't chop trees with bullets in them.

| Answers To Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) |

• I have declined folder work since 2011 but still may accept some from established customers or others at certain times, when i may have the time

• I offer customers various means in which to pay with. However, I must add an additional percentage depending on the form of payment to allow me to offer the convenience. The transitions and possible additional cost are as follows: Credit Card +5%, Paypal +3%, cash, or check. Insured shipping is typically $15. Contact me prior to purchase if you have any questions or concerns.

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