Find a Custom Knife Maker in Wayland, MI

Creating quality, reliable knives tailored to your needs

Thank you for visiting the website of 51 Bravo Custom Knives. I provide custom knife making services to clients in Wayland, MI or surrounding areas. If you want to forge a knife for hunting, fishing or collecting, I can craft exactly what you're looking for.

Please use the form on this page to email me. You can also call 616-690-9402 to speak with me immediately.

I'm really pleased with the McIntyre knife. It isn't a large knife but it is exactly what you need. An added plus is that my hands are a bit small and this knife is super comfortable in my hand. I've been whittling with it all day and have no hot spots. And it was wicked sharp upon arrival.

Laurie M

I am very pleased with the quality repair Shawn did on my broken kitchen knife handles. It was awesome to meet a real craftsman. I highly recommend Shawn and his work.

bonnie mogle

Thank you Shawn!
I received my new knives in time for Christmas, and I absolutely love them. The handles are probably the most comfortable I have ever used. They carve beautifully. They are quality tools and would be a welcome addition to any carvers inventory.
All the best Shawn!

Mark L

I have used the Rutgers/51 Bravo spokeshave since they began making them. I've carved over 25 decoys with mine and haven't had to sharpen it yet! Excellent carving tool! I highly recommend one for every decoy carver!

Pat Gregory

I treasure this knife as one of my favorite things. The quality and craftsmanship is truly remarkable. Thank you.


thank you shawn for sharing your metal working expertise with paul rutgers in the making of the fine spokeshave i just cherish, hope you and yours have a very nice christmas time, GOD bless

ron blaisdell

Excellent knife! It literally goes everywhere with me everyday.

SJ Henry

Shawn, I am a decoy carver up in Canada. I purchased your large T.M. knife; I am very impressed with the quality and how the blade retains it's edge. GREAT JOB!! 5 Stars. Kelly

Kelly Smith - Calgary, Alberta

As a novice carver, I researched knives and saw that Bravo 51 made a knife used by an accomplished carver. The knife is perfect in all aspects, especially sharp when received and easily sharpened by following the directions. And the price and service was great!

Clint Midkiff

I purchased a carving knife and a spoke shave. I am very happy with both. The craftsmanship is excellent. Thank you for producing some great tools.

Nick A

Your carving knives have been working great for me.You and Paul did a great job on the spokeshave too.

Mike Bacon

I have purchase several knives as well as taken the knife making class. Very happy with everything. Knives are great quality. Class was fun and informative. I will be purchasing more knives.

Bill Cox

  • 51 Bravo Custom Knives

    1496 138TH AVE
    Wayland, MI 49348


    Call Us
    Phone: (616) 690-9402

    Mon: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Tue: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Wed: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Thu: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Sat: Closed
    Sun: Closed