Don Andrade – Tanto Camp & Kitchen


Item Condition: New
Handle Material: Desert Ironwood
Blade Steel: Nichols High Carbon Damascus Blade
Blade Length: 5  1/2″
OAL: 10″

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Don Carlos Andrade is a knifemaker, sculptor, chef and teacher living in California. His interest in handmade knives began in 1985 when he entered culinary school in Los Angeles. There, he saw his first hand made chef knife. Don became a collector and began to buy and sell one-of-akind knives to educate himself about cutlery. Inspecting the various knives and testing them in the kitchen and in the outdoors informed him about the value of a well-made knife. He discovered what he liked about certain styles of knives and found that knives created from
carbon steel often out-performed those made from stainless steel.

Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a Dealer for Don Andrade

  Just Received ~ Direct from the Maker 


I met Don at a Knife Show a year or so ago, I had seen his fine Chef’s knives on several knife related websites and once I held them I knew  that he was a true artist striving to attain much more than just a sharp edge.  Don may be what some categorize as a true Renaissance Man, the more I spoke with Don the more excited I was to be working with him and sharing his vision.  

HERE is a page with some great background info on Don, his accomplishments and his philosophy on Knife Making. 

Direct from the Maker   

This is a beautiful and wonderfully designed, Forged Camp & Kitchen Tanto with some very special Materials 


   An artistic blend of a Malaysian style Outdoor Knife in a size that can be used for most any chore in the Kitchen or in Camp.  

The beautiful High Carbon Damascus Blade is from the last Billet of HC Damascus to be produced by Chad Nichols. Purchased from Chad in 2011 – this material has a beautiful, intricate pattern, Don Forged the Blade to shape and then gave it a Professional Heat Treat and custom Etch to maximize not only the beauty but also the Cutting Potential!


The Handle Scales are Vintage “Westinghouse Micarta” retrieved many years ago and mellowed to an amazingly rich Caramel Brown.  A Dramatic Ebony wood inlay hides the Blind Bolt underneath. 

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The Tang has a gentle Taper and the handle has been expertly Contoured to Fill the palm and designed with a slight Arch, plenty of room to move backward on the handle to take advantage of the Light Chopping ability of this wide blade. 


 This knife comes with TWO Distinct Custom Sheaths. First is a very thick, upscale Molded Leather Right Hand Cross Draw Belt Sheath by Paul Long. The Sheath was crafted from 10-11 oz Shoulder Leather, and it has an Exotic Ostrich Skin Inlay. Extremely well done.   


And second is a TIE Jump Rated – Double Retention Outdood Kydex Sheath with Large Tek Lok already attached.   


Once you hold and use this knife you will share in Don’s vision of finely crafted steel ~ 100% Made in the USA

An incredible value for a Full Tang Forged Damascus Blade and 2 Custom Sheaths of this size and quality. 

Complete with Signed Certificate of Authenticity / Material Detail Certificate


Additional information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 3 in


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