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Keith Nix Knives - Knife Maker
North Carolina Custom Knives
 Knife Sharpening Near You

Knife Maker, Black Mountain Knife Shop 
Who Makes Knives In Black Mountain?

Custom Knives Black Mountain, Knife Sharpening
Local Chefs Knives, Custom Kitchen Knives, Knife Sharpening Black Mountain
Keith Nix Knives is a Member of the North Carolina Custom Knife Makers Guild
We Are A Member Of The Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber Of Commerce
We Are An Accredited Member Of The Better Business Bureau

"I ordered a beautiful chef's knife from Keith. He showed me his process, allowed me to pick out the wood for the handle and delivered a lasting heirloom for my husband's birthday. If you are interested in a purchase, take the time to set up an appointment, and see what is possible.
Also, I was aware that Keith needs the lead time to hand craft such a gorgeous, perfect knife. The investment up front by contacting him months ahead was worth it.I also have a friend who is a professional chef and he gave the knife high marks, plus many "ooohs" and "aahhs." I am so very pleased to have this beautiful knife in our home, representing a local artist like Keith."


Keith Nix makes custom knives in Black Mountain, and is a native of the little town just minutes from Asheville, NC. We make Hand Made Custom Chefs Knives for home cooks or professional chefs, custom kitchen knives, hunting knives near youbelt knivesand custom made outdoor knives from our Black Mountain Knife Works in town. We don't take deposits for custom work. EVER.

Custom Knives

We are a custom knife designer and maker near Asheville, ready to serve you. The Knife Shop and Black Mountain Knife Store are located only a few minutes from Asheville (20 minutes), Marion (25 minutes), Hendersonville (45 minutes), and Weaverville (30 minutes). And we NEVER take a deposit on custom work at Keith Nix Knives. You may pay when your knife is finished or walk away. So come on out and visit, check out the North Carolina Knife Maker, see the Black Mountain Knives, then have lunch or dinner in one of our many fine restaurants in Black Mountain. 

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Kitchen Knives Near You

We make other hand made knives in Black Mountain, including carving and slicing blades, paring knives and steak knives, custom cleavers, thin vegetable cleavers, deba knives, and nakiri knives. Hand crafted custom hunting knives and a growing number of outdoor knives are also available. All kitchen knives are hand made by Keith The Knife Maker, from start to finish. Trouble finding Asheville Knife Makers? It's a short drive to Black Mountain Knife Works!

The Steels

We offer three high-carbon steels, three stainless steels, and three tool steels from which to choose for the home kitchen or professional environment! Any custom knife we offer at Keith Nix Knives can be made from AEB-L, 14C28N, CPM MagnaCut, CPM M4, A2, D2, 52100, 80CRV2, and 26C3. No single knife steel is suitable for every job and every customer. (Learn about The Steels

If you're looking for an Asheville Knife Maker, we're close enough to be the right choice. The Custom Knife Shop is nearby, and our Black Mountain Knifeworks is only minutes away. Stop by when you're in town and visit the knife shop. Let's get your Nix Knives custom blades on the list.

Wouldn't it be great to purchase your Nix Knives kitchen knives from a local knife maker and take advantage of free local knife sharpening for life? Check out the Knife Sharpening Q&A below to learn how to book Professional Sharpening for your custom kitchen knife or hand made hunting knife.

Knife Sharpening Q&A HERE

Custom Knife Handle Materials
Introducing the Mini Cleaver!
To Speak Or Text With The Knife Maker Now, CLICK HERE!
About Keith Nix Knives In Black Mountain, NC!
Keith Nix Knives Online Store For Custom Chefs Knives!

Your North Carolina Knife Maker Can Help!
Custom Knife Designer Near Asheville

Want a unique knife built? We are a custom knife designer, here to assist you in realizing your dream! Our beautiful ergonomic, COMFORTABLE knife handles are designed by and unique to Keith Nix Knives.

When you stop by the Black Mountain Knife Shop, you'll see hand made kitchen knives in various stages of completion, handle woods, sheaths, not yet released prototypes, and all the tools used to create and sharpen your hand made knives.

So come by, and let's talk about your next custom chef's knife or hand made hunting knife. Or instead, choose your beautiful custom kitchen knives from the Online Store by clicking here.


"The Norton" Fillet/Boning/Camp Kitchen Knife


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Click here for Local Knife Sharpening Asheville.
Knife Sharpening, Questions and Answers HERE!

Quantifying Sharpness
Quantifying Sharpness II
Quantifying Sharpness III
Click HERE To set up Professional Knife Sharpening near you!
Knife Sharpening Black Mountain


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WANT SHARPER KNIVES? Try Professional Knife Sharpening at Keith Nix Knives! Local knife sharpening is available in Black Mountain.


Black Mountain Knife Sharpener

Keith Nix Knives provides knife sharpening near you in Black Mountain, NC, for professional and home cooks. Scissors sharpening is also available for businesses and individuals in the Greater Asheville Area. ALWAYS choose a professional sharpening service, and count on Keith Nix Knives for local knife sharpening.


I don't know anyone doing local knife sharpening services who HAND SHARPENS knives with a grit progression of up to eight diamond and ceramic sharpening stones other than North Carolina knife maker Keith Nix Knives. 

I've written and provided links on why hand-sharpened edges are superior to powered machine sharpening. We sharpen all knives, including traditional Japanese, French, German, single bevel, and all Western and custom blades; even more, we are quantifying the sharpness of your blades with "The Edge on Up" Sharpness Tester, that is MEASURING the level of sharpness before we return your knives.

Quality Control makes for better products and services and genuinely professional knife sharpening near you. Call or text 828.337.7836 to make an appointment with your local knife sharpener or email .









I am a low-volume knife maker producing small batches or single blades. Local knife makers like Keith Nix Knives have the ability and time to give more attention to details like custom heat treatment protocols, cryogenic treatment (learn about the cryogenic treatment of knives HERE), special precise grinds, and hand-sharpened edges.

We make the best hand made knives we can simply by taking the time to do it! On top of that, you get to choose the material for your handle and blade! These details ensure you harder, tougher, sharper, better-looking custom knives right out of the box, a knife we cannot make any better, and the custom knife you envisioned. Heirlooms for the next generation. Let us be your Asheville knife maker.

We offer laser etching for personalization on all knives built in-house.

At mass-producing major knife companies, quicker is often better, and the big corporation won't go to the time and expense to cryogenically treat or hand sharpen your blade with a progression of stones. This kind of attention to detail gives the custom knife maker the edge, literally! And I promise your local knife maker will be more interested in your happiness than some corporate customer service representative! Check out our Guarantee!

About The Steels

The heart of any custom knife is the steel it is made from. The heat treatments and grinds applied to that steel by the knife maker become the "personality" of the hand made knife, and determine whether it will be a pleasure or a pain to use for its intended purpose. Let's talk about how you use your knife and then make a custom knife you can USE!

We offer three stainless steels, three carbon steels, and three tool steels, because no ONE steel is perfect for every job!


Do You Make Custom Sheaths? Why YES! Yes, we do!

We offer heavy-duty vegetable-tanned top-grain leather custom sheaths hand made for YOUR custom knife by Curtis Cooper. Welted, glued, and hand saddle stitched to hold up to abuse!

North Carolina Knife Maker

This Black Mountain Knife Maker does everything "In House" except make the raw steel, laser etch the logo, and stabilize the wood for handles. We cut and grind the profile, heat treat, quench, apply a cryogenic extension of the quench, temper, grind bevels, make the handle, and apply the finish. Once complete, your custom knife will receive its first HAND sharpening before transferring it to your possession. 
If you have questions, consult our FAQ Page HERE!
Or contact Keith: EMail    



Introducing the Mini Cleaver!
Custom Chef's Knife HERE!

To Call Or Text With The Knife Maker, Click HERE!
Paring Knives 
Here's a sweet little "Sarah" Belt K
nife for a belt or backpack!

A Well Sharpened Handmade Knife Edge From Keith Nix Knives
"If you value true craftsmanship with a little mountain history, Keith Nix is your man. With an engineer’s brain and an artist’s heart, he can make your dream knife come true. I ordered a Pig Skinner knife for my uncle’s birthday, and it is absolutely gorgeous and ready for adventures. I was fortunate to be able to visit his shop and see where the magic happens. He couldn’t have been nicer to work with on this special gift."
Custom Chef Knife Set with Cleaver, Curupau Han
"I brought in a 12 year old chef knife that was in rough shape (it hadn't been sharpened in those 12 years, and had small chips all along the blade) and a boning knife that was really dull. Turn around was fast, Keith was very kind and professional, and when I got home I was able to slice through broccoli stems like butter and remove chicken tendons like paper.
Pretty sure the chef knife is sharper than when I first bought it. Now cutting vegetables is seriously weird, I'm not used to this level of effortless slicing and dicing. Do yourself a favor and take your knives to Keith."
"What first took my breath when I opened the gift of a Keith Nix Knives petite chef’s knife was the handle. Keith crafted it from a dead limb removed from a dogwood tree on my land. The subtleties of hue and depth of grain are extraordinary! The handle fits as if it were made for my hand. The weight, balance and edge of this knife make every type of cooking prep effortless. It’s as if the knife is an extension of my arm.
"Keith also gave new life to several heavily used and abused knives in three vacation rentals I own. Sharper now than they were new. The same applies to two heavily rusted and terribly dull garden loppers I took to Keith Nix Knives. Keith’s craftsmanship, skill, integrity, humility and humor are a rare combination. 1,000 thanks to you, Keith, and to Keith Nix Knives!"
Kai and Koa, the Shop Wolves!

"The kitchen knife, cook's knife, chef's knife, is the most used single tool in the house for many of us. To be continually disappointed by dull, cheap knifes is something I can't understand. If you cook for yourself or your family, you DESERVE a great kitchen knife!"
-Keith Nix

My Guarantee to You!
Your Keith Nix Knives custom knife is guaranteed for life. Whether a custom chef knife or a handmade hunting knife, I will repair, replace, or refund your custom knife at my discretion. All you have to do is ship or deliver it to me and pick it up, or I'll pay return shipping.

If you don't like your Keith Nix Knives product, ship it back. I'll refund or exchange the purchase price for another knife, no questions asked. 

When your knife gets dull, and it eventually will, I'll always sharpen it free of charge. Dull knives are awful to work with. Just don't do it. Buy a custom knife with a guarantee that matters!

See Styles and Prices Here!

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Please get in touch to find out more about the process and
work of Custom Knife Maker Keith Nix or to consult about your own project.
Phone/Text: 828-337-7836

244 Cragmont Rd
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Keith Nix Knives is a short five minute drive from downtown Black Mountain, not far from Lake Tomahawk. Call and schedule a visit!

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