About

Fine knives handmade the old way.

You know your knife is unique when you feel like it's been yours all your life. It feels that awesome handling it, and cutting is a breeze. The love that goes into Jewish knives by LYS is the kind of love that makes THOSE knives. Great quality. Lasting. Understated beauty that gets the job done exceptionally well and feels like your own personal art. My name is Laevi Susman, and my mission is to make well-built, beautiful knives you're proud to own.

Craft

My work space is equipped with antique, commissioned, and self-made tools which I use to forge hardenable, high carbon-bearing steels for blade edges. Old favorites in American steel are masterfully re-purposed to give them a creative, colorful second life. Found materials, like old wood-working tools (primarily US-made, pre-1970), are used for many of the edges in my work. Some knives are crafted from new laminated steels and famed Japanese alloys like blue-paper and white-paper steel. We do innovative, traditionally-inspired, organic wood, metal, leather, and bone work. Have a vegan vision in mind for your knife and sheath? Let's do it.

Inspiration

Four generations of my family owned a junk yard, so I grew up surrounded by relics of industry. To me, there's a real sense of romance in forgotten, quality material taking new form. The alchemical and artistic process of making quality scrap into an object to be handed down is my own special way of carrying on my family trade.