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Why we
do this.

We know that an ordinary day can easily take an unexpected turn, so you need to have the right gear readily available. In a high-risk situation, there are many variables you can’t control, but something you can control is choosing which tools you take with you. When things get unpredictable, you can’t afford to rely on anything other than top quality. You can rely on KC Lund Blades.

The 
KC cut.

We’re devoted to creating the most reliable, high-performing knives that are easy to keep on you at all times, so you’ll always have a tool you can count on by your side — no matter what the day may bring. Designed for the risk-takers and the challengers, KC Lund everyday carries prepare you to take on any of the unexpected twists and turns the day may bring, so you can get things done and get back home.

Our blades don’t just look great — they cut even better, with a sharp edge that outlasts our competitors. Learn about our signature process here

The
KC cut.

We’re devoted to creating the most reliable, high-performing knives that are easy to keep on you at all times, so you’ll always have a tool you can count on by your side — no matter what the day may bring. Designed for the risk-takers and the challengers, KC Lund everyday carries prepare you to take on any of the unexpected twists and turns the day may bring, so you can get things done and get back home.

Our blades don’t just look great — they cut even better, with a sharp edge that outlasts our competitors. Learn about our signature process here

Meet
the founder

It was a flyer for a local knife show that first drew KC Lund into the world of bladesmithing, back  in 1989 when he was only sixteen years old. What he thought would be a casual, entertaining event turned out to be life-altering. KC was struck with inspiration and enthusiasm. While at the show KC bought the book, “The Complete Bladesmith” by Jim Hrisoulas, knowing he had found his calling. 

KC returned home determined to begin his journey into bladesmithing. He cobbled together some of the tools he needed and started off with making pattern welded steel. KC grew to become particularly obsessed with hitting hot steel. Over time, he expanded his tool collection and read everything available on the subject that he could get his hands on. This was no easy feat, as printed information was not available at that time like it is today. At blade shows, KC pestered every knife maker that would talk to him with endless questions. His parents also played a key role in giving constant encouragement. 

Meet
the founder

It was a flyer for a local knife show that first drew KC Lund into the world of bladesmithing, back  in 1989 when he was only sixteen years old. What he thought would be a casual, entertaining event turned out to be life-altering. KC was struck with inspiration and enthusiasm. While at the show KC bought the book, “The Complete Bladesmith” by Jim Hrisoulas, knowing he had found his calling. 

KC returned home determined to begin his journey into bladesmithing. He cobbled together some of the tools he needed and started off with making pattern welded steel. KC grew to become particularly obsessed with hitting hot steel. Over time, he expanded his tool collection and read everything available on the subject that he could get his hands on. This was no easy feat, as printed information was not available at that time like it is today. At blade shows, KC pestered every knife maker that would talk to him with endless questions. His parents also played a key role in giving constant encouragement. 

For the first few years, KC was making bars of steel because he simply enjoyed it. KC had yet to sell any, though. When he did sell his first piece of bar-stock to knife maker Gerald Morgan, KC realized he might actually be able to turn this passion into something more than a hobby and he pursued it in college with a major in Welding Technology. This program greatly elevated his knowledge, teaching him how to build much of the equipment he needed for his growing business. He also took a Metallurgy class that refined his understanding of what was happening to the steel. 

KC continued to make knives and many pattern welded bar-stock, but he had always had the itch to make swords as well and was enamored with Western European swords, especially the Viking blades. After years of independent study, practice, and trial and error, KC learned about heat treating and steel selection, which would take his blades to another level. Today, the vast majority of the blades he currently makes are pattern welded, which is where his passion lies. 

KC says he is still as enamored with bladesmithing today as he was over 20 years ago. Although he uses modern materials, equipment, and heat treat practices with his blades, he likes to build them with the same construction techniques that were used in the past. He does not normally make replicas of originals, but rather models them off original blade types, with a focus to make them feel and handle as did the weapons of the past.

A passion
for the process.

The story of how KC Lund got into bladesmithing comes down to a simple fact: he likes to make things that help people. This is what got him started in his teens, and it’s what keeps KC forging top tier blades to this day. It is a passion not just for the knives and swords, but for the entire process. 

In fact, KC enjoys the creation process much more than the final product, so it’s not a surprise that he has put extensive thought and intention behind every detail of his manufacturing process — from the materials he works with to the heat treatment he uses.

Fun facts

Viking Blood

KC is of Scandandavian descent, a Viking at heart.

Early Beginnings

KC first started blade smithing when he was only 13 years old.

First-Hand Experience

KC has been a Correctional Deputy for over 20 years — a role where having the right tools at-hand could drastically change the course of any given day.

A DIY Kind of Guy

KC has designed and built all of his molten salt heat treatment equipment.

The Nazel 4n Pneumatic Hammer 

Used in KC’s signature process, this hammer was created around 1912 in Philadelphia. It weighs 17,000 lbs and sits on a 27 cubic yard concrete foundation, six feet deep. Its 600 pound ram hits 2.5 times per second.

A Diverse Portfolio

KC has been lucky enough to handle original pieces from several eras for his handcrafted knives and swords.

The Family Man

KC is a husband and father, with a 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.