Functional artistry from a chef turned knifemaker
My name is Nicholas Nichols but you can call me Nic. I live in southeastern North Carolina with my beautiful wife Amanda and our three children - Keller, Tucker, and Iris. Everyone gets involved in the business around our house from cleaning the shop to website design. I am a member of the NC Custom Knifemaker's Guild and a contestant on Forged in Fire - Japanese Ono (Season 7, Episode 33) coming up on July 22, 2020, at 9pm ET on History Channel. Most recently, my Battleship Teak Large Chef's Knife won the Our State Magazine 2020 Made in NC Award for the Home & Garden category.
My interest in metal arts first began when I discovered my great-great-grandfather was a blacksmith in Columbus County near my hometown of Leland, NC. After spending some time learning about ornamental metalwork, I happened upon a gentleman who introduced me to knifemaking. I quickly realized I had found my passion and began learning from other knifemakers including a master bladesmith.
In my former life as a chef, trained at Johnson & Wales, I learned that high-quality ingredients are the foundation for great meals. The same applies to high-quality materials and great knives. One of the greatest materials I have the privilege to work with is reclaimed teak decking and steel from the hull of the USS NC Battleship (BB-55). The most decorated battleship of World War II is permanently docked on the Cape Fear River just over a mile from my home and it is my honor to work with these and many other specialty materials including Jack Daniels barrels, Maker's Mark barrels, Gibson guitar bodies, and others.