Hi there. I'm DJ Urbanovsky. I'm the owner of American Kami, established in 2004. So what's in a name? What's the story behind "American Kami"? That's simple, really. A Kami is a Nepali knife maker. More specifically, they make Khukuris - these guys make knives from start to finish with the most rudimentary of tools, and end up with highly refined blades. I take that idea of simplicity and apply some modern equipment and techniques to create the best products that I possibly can. I've adopted the "Kami" in American Kami because I have the utmost respect for these gentlemen, because handmade Nepali Khukuris were what first introduced me to the world of custom, handcrafted blades, and because like the Kamis, I build my blades to be used. I've adopted the "American" in American Kami because, well, that's what I am. That's it.
Steel types for Professional Grade blades: CPM S35VN, S7, 6AL4V Ti.
Finish for Professional Grade blades: Ionbond DLC coatings.
Handle materials: G10.
Heat treat: Oil hardening steels are all done by me in-house. Air hardening steels are done by Peters Heat Treating.
I build blades for people who use blades. My products are in use around the globe under some of the harshest possible conditions. All of my products are 100% USA made, and always have been.
Currently my full custom books are closed, and I am not performing any sharpening, repair, or custom work. Sharpening and repair work is currently limited to knives that I have made. I do not do “spa” treatments. If you see it on my website, I can do it.
Boker produces licensed, mass produced versions of some of my designs at a more affordable price point for people who maybe cannot afford a knife that actually came out of my shop. I have some other projects in the works with other production houses. More details on those as they are available.
Price range for Professional Grade blades: $115 - $2000 per unit depending on model. Books are open.
Full custom books are currently closed.