It took several months to work thorough the post-BLADE Show queue of 5 from the Grinder posts last year, and since then I have been reaching out to custom makers on social media whose work catches my eye. While I anticipate another solid run of posts in the weeks following this year’s show, I am always looking for new makers to feature. So please feel free to suggest makers whom you know who might be interested.
Jason Leclair (Leclair Knives) is one of those makers I mentioned I came across through a Facebook group. He is a Canadian knifemaker whose wares include some lovely handle and bolster work. But I will let Jason tell you more…
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
Knives have always been something that I had a great interest in. I’ve been fishing, hunting and camping since I can remember. Having a good sharp knife was a very large part of most of my favorite activities. I started making my own knives in 2009 when my father in law mentioned that a friend of his had made his hunting knife as well as knives for all of the group they hunted with. When informed that I was interested in making a knife he was more than happy to help me out even tho he hadn’t made a knife since the early 90’s he loaned me a grinder (cone loc drum sander) and gave me some 5160 and dymond wood. it’s just been sparks and dust ever since.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
I draw inspiration from alot of places. Makers like Nick Wheeler, or Dan Comeau, who let us watch them on YouTube videos or blogs. Ed Storch, Jay West, Roger Hatt, and other fellow members of the Western Canada Knife Association (W.C.K.A) this list could go on and on.
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
Being such an avid outdoorsman I lean toward fixed blade, drop point hunters. Just a super functional utilitarian blade.
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
With the popularity of a certain TV show (FIF) I have seen a huge increase in new makers popping up everywhere. This is could be great for the knifemaking community as it puts the idea of hand made knives out in the mainstream. I get alot less funny looks from people when they first find out what I do.
Question 4: Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?
My most popular knife by far is my 7″ skinner.
It has a 3.5″ blade and a tear drop shaped handle that fits the hand very well in multiple grips.That being said I’m really enjoying makimg slipjoint folders right now. I don’t have a mill and doing the fit up of the tang with the end of the spring and having everything function properly is a challenge for sure.
Question 5: What is your EDC and why?
I carry a Lanny’s clip slipjoint of my own creation with a 3″ 154cm blade and wooly Mammoth Bone handle. I carry this one because it’s a great, sharp little blade, and gives me something nice to show off when I’m out.Thanks for your time today. If you need anything more just let me know. I hope to hear from you soonStay Sharp,Jason Leclair