‘Oh for the Love of Cooking’

Holidays are a time of  family celebrations which means a lot of get-together s around the dinner table. This Christmas give the one who loves to cook a beautiful new Damascus Chef knife. Custom handmade by Muhammad Zubair


See Details and Price Here


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SM Cutlery Knives

Shahzad Ahmad sent 3 knives to add to our inventory. These are all 1095 high carbon steel and well made. Each comes with a quality hand made leather sheath that also has a place for a fire steel.


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Event Dates

New event show dates have been added to the calendar for November and December. Come out and see us and the knives at the show.


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Free Throwing Knives

Sonoran Desert Knives is celebrating 9 years in business.

Win a free set of Colonial Knife Company pro throwing knives.

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Winner picked Friday evening, Oct 13th

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Gaucho Knives

A gaucho (Spanish: lˈɡautʃo]) or gaúcho (Portuguese: [ɡaˈuʃo]) is a skilled horseman, reputed to be brave and unruly. The gaucho is a national symbol in both Argentina and Uruguay. Gauchos became greatly admired and renowned in legends, folklore and literature and became an important part of their regional cultural tradition. Beginning late in the 19th century, after the heyday of the gauchos, they were celebrated by South American writers.

An essential attribute of a gaucho was that he was a skilled horseman. Without a horse the gaucho felt himself unmanned. A gaucho could ride as soon as he could walk. The naturalist William Henry Hudson (who was born on the pampas of Buenos Aires province) recorded that the gauchos of his childhood used to say, a man without a horse was a man without legs

Like the North American cowboys, as discussed in Richard W. Slatta, Cowboys of the Americas, gauchos were generally reputed to be strong, honest, silent types, but proud and capable of violence when provoked. The gaucho tendency to violence over petty matters is also recognized as a typical trait. Gauchos’ use of the famous “facón” (large knife generally tucked into the rear of the gaucho sash) is legendary, often associated with considerable bloodletting. Historically, the facón was typically the only eating instrument that a gaucho carried.


The facón is both a fighting knife and a utility knife, and is widely used in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.  The knife is typically worn at the back and tucked into the gaucho’s belt to allow it to be quickly drawn with the right hand. As a fighting knife, the facón is the main article of combat in an indigenous style of knife fighting known as escrima criolla (“Creole fencing”) When used in this context, one hand holds the knife, and a poncho or coat is wrapped about the opposite arm to absorb cuts and stabs in a manner reminiscent of traditional Andalusian knife fighting styles using the long-bladed Spanish clasp knife or navaja sevillana.

As Charles Darwin said of the distinctive men who wore and used the facón, “Many quarrels arose, which from the general manner of fighting with the knife often proved fatal.




Source: Wikipedia


Copper State Knife Show is Coming Up

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The NKCA Knife Grading Standards

The NKCA grading system was devised by James F. Parker as President of the NKCA, and at the time there was no grading system. Anything was better than nothing.

MINT: A factory fresh knife, absolutely original as it came from the manufacturer, not carried or sharpened, a perfect knife.

NEAR MINT: A new knife that had seen sine times, show some slight carry or shop wear, blades snap perfectly, handles show no cracks.

EXCELLENT: Shows no more than 10% blade wear, handles are sound, no cracks, blades snap good.

VERY GOOD: About 25% blade wear, slight cracks in handles, may have one lazy blade, stamping clearly visible to the naked eye, no blades changed or repaired.

FAIR: 50% blade wear, blades lazy, cracks and chips in handles, handles replaced with same type, blades repaired, stampings daunt but readable with a glass.

POOR: Blades very worn, handles bag or missing, blades have been replaced with the same type, reading of the stamp is almost impossible, even with a glass, good mostly only for parts.

Source: Bruce Voyles, KNIFE Magazine, July 2017

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Website Relaunch

SDK Website

I’ve been working hard and now the updated version is of SonoranDesertKnives.com is live 5 days earlier then expected.

Just like the older version of the website, you can still find the knives listed under each of the makers name, yet a whole lot easier to use. The new site also features knife categories by Knife Types and a search engine.

SonoranDesertKnives.com will now be almost exclusively custom knives. There are some that are factory manufactured, but these are limited editions, rare or hard to find knives and vintage knives. Most of our modern manufactured knives have been moved to our new sister website, RangerSurvival.com

We’re still adding knives to our website almost daily, so please check back often. If you like to new website (or not), please drop me a line and let me know.

Thank You,

Leopold Lacrimosa, Owner


Extrema Ratio Dark Talon

The common features of the “Basic Folder” series are lightness, simplicity and ease of carry. While BF1 e BF2 are utility knives, the BF3 is both an utility and a defense knife. The blade is sharp and piercing. Carry is sufficiently comfortable despite overall length; its “bridge shaped” clip helps properly conceal the knife given a deep enough pocket. Lean, slim and essential. 18-4826-Product_Primary_Image

This is one bad ass pocket knife

Now in stock

2017 Scottsdale Business Award

Sonoran Desert Knives has been once again been awarded the Small Business Excellence award


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