Manufacturing Process

SILVER STAG Knives are manufactured by a small team of skilled Blacksmiths and Sportsmen. What differentiates SILVER STAG cutlery is the companies “Hands On” approach to manufacturing. SILVER STAG Knives are not mass produced production knives. Rather each and every knife is hollow ground, assembled, shaped, polished, and sharpened “Free-hand”. While no two finished knives will ever look exactly alike, all SILVER STAG Knives share certain features that make them extraordinary field tools. To start, the blades are designed by sportsmen and are exceptionally practical. The blades are manufactured exclusively from domestically produced High Carbon steel. Authentic North American antler is built into every design. The finished knives are stunningly attractive, incredibly functional, and extremely durable. In summary, the team at SILVER STAG has taken a step back in time when high quality tools were handmade in America by American hands.

Our steel is purchased directly from American Steel Mills. The blades are profiled by the company’s in-house CNC Water Jet Cutting machine. The Water-Jet mixes cold water with a garnet, and then pumps it through a small orifice at 40,000 PSI. This cutting process does not over-heat the steel, (unlike plasma or laser cutting machines). The scale on the blade is removed with a Surface Grinder. The next and most important stage in the blade production process is the hollow grinding. This is preformed “free-hand” using Beder III belt grinding machines. The hollow grinding process is an art that takes a keen eye and steady hands. The grind plays a critical role to the overall functionality of the blade and will impact how sharp you can get the edge. The blades are then heat-treated to a 58 to 62 Rockwell hardness. Every SILVER STAG knife has North American shed antler built into the design. The Deer, Elk, Moose, or Caribou antler is selected based on the horn's size, shape, curvature, weight, color, and texture. Pins and epoxy adhesive permanently bond the antler and blade together. The finished knives are incredibly strong. Every antler handle is shaped so that the knife feels comfortable to hold and use. The antler is then buffed to a brilliant finish and the knives are sharpened by hand. Every fixed blade knife includes a high quality leather sheath and is accompanied with a limited lifetime warranty. (Please visit The SILVER STAG web site home page to take a five minute video tour of the production process).

KNIVES MADE FROM CUSTOMER SUPPLIED ANTLER - SILVER STAG will manufacture a knife using your prized antler, then laser engrave a name and/or date on the finished product. If you have an antler rack that has some sentimental value, and it’s collecting dust in your shed, send it to us. You won’t be disappointed! It will be the best $100 to $150 you ever spent.

CUSTOM LOGO / CO-BRANDED PROGRAMS / PRIVATE LABEL– If you own your own company, or are a decision make for a larger company, please consider sending us your logo. We enjoy partnering with organizations to design Private label or Co-Branded programs. We work closely with our customers to design a knife (or program), that they can be proud of. We have two laser engraving machines in our shop that can apply just about any design or mark to the handle, blade, or sheath. The finished products are unique, personal, and have a high perceived value. This is a great way for companies to promote their brand, raise money for a cause, or give to customers or employees as an incentive item. Many non-profit organizations use SILVER STAG at their banquets to raise money for wildlife conservation. We have been honored to have had the opportunity to work with the following professional organizations. We have also been honored and humbled to receive the following projects: NRA Knife of the Year National Wild Turkey Federation Knife of the Year KING Ranch Knife of the Year Mule Deer Federation Knife of the Year Pheasants Forever 30thAnniversary Knife Quality Deer Management Knife of the Year Whitetails Unlimited Knife of the Year Cabela’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Knife Ducks Unlimited Knife of the Year NRA Limited Edition Damascus Knife

We were honored and humbled to be able to manufacture 24 knives 
using steel from the fallen World Trade Center. We donated them to a very special Navy Seal Team to thank these great warriors for risking their lives to protect our freedom.

Smith & Partners, LLC, is committed to both product quality and customer service. We are proud to stand behind our products by offering a limited lifetime warranty on all of our fixed blade knives, and a one year warranty on our Pocket Series. In addition, the company offers a free sharpening and refurbishing service. Details on this unique program can be found on our web site or Warranty Card. Please call us if you have any questions on our products or programs. We aim to please! We sincerely appreciate your 15 years of support!