"Over a quarter of a century ago, Eddie White started working with me in a little custom knife shop in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He learned to grind blades for the Ninja™ and Moray™ which were a couple of semi-custom models offered by Benchmark Knives. Down through the years, Eddie became involved in the production of more sophisticated and complicated designs like the Rolox™ folders which still enjoy a strong cult following and are now mass produced for CRK&T.
At heart, Eddie mostly just wants to make handmade knives and his latest work represents the experience he has gained making many thousands of America’s best known knives."
*Blackie passed in 2011 and the knife world will never be the same. He taught me the importance of fit and finish of a blade and a myriad of other lessons.
Bill Adams has been in the cutlery industry since the early 1970s; he spent a lot of time in Sheffield during the early 70s, started up Atlanta Cutlery and travelled all over the world looking for knives to import. Bill has written several books and magazine articles (The Antique Bowie Knife Book and Sheffield Exhibition Knives, plus articles on the history of cutlery.) Bill is a member of the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame.
It is a pleasure to tell folks about Eddie White!
Eddie is a true master knifemaker; bar none, as well as being a wonderful friend.
Eddie worked for years in some of the top custom shops in the United States--and tops in the world--and made knives for Benchmark and Blackie Collins.
When Eddie makes something, it is finished to perfection. He is absolutely the finest knife grinder I have ever seen--and I have spent 35 years in the cutlery industry. The way Eddie grinds and makes knives has been a revelation to other custom knifemakers who have only recently seen his work at shows, under his own name. It is very heartening to see such a great "unsung hero" become known to the knife collecting community and receive the recognition he so justly deserves. Keep up the good work, Eddie!
From a very satisfied customer: "If you're looking for a custom knife and you're on the fence, then you need to contact Eddie White with Shadow Knives. He's been making knives for several decades and it shows. I just received this beautiful gem today. I thought this was a knife that I was going to carry frequently and use often...after seeing the craftsmanship in person....mmm, I changed my mind on that!" ~photo courtesy of D. Costa
My friend was blown away with the gift of the knife – it was the perfect gift. Thought you'd enjoy this picture sent today by my friend. Thanks so much! MJW
The rifle was my Dad's for Adirondack deer hunting. It is a .300 Savage Model 99G takedown made in 1923. The compass was his classic Marble's brass hunter's compass which he always carried while hunting. The knife is a Shadow knives model XIII, S/N 036, made in 2010 by Eddie White. Thanks, Bob
Bill from Oregon speaks about his his Shadow Knife, a Model II Drop point hunter with Sheephorn:
My knife arrived today and I couldn't be more pleased--truly a work of art. Though my collection is modest, your is among the finest. In fact, your knife is equal to or better than any of the Randall Made Knives I currently own. Thanks again.
...I had the "baby blue" as I call it, out this last weekend and it performed amazingly well. I am very impressed with your handy work and appreciate all of your hard work. ..thought you might want to see it in the field...taken outside of Lake Alice (you can only hike into this lake and it is extremely remote...a 3 mile hike just to get there). ...located in western Wyoming… elevation is around 10,000ft above sea level. ~HJ
Check out what Chris made with his Shadow Knives XV EDC! That's talented!
Charles sent us this great picture and wrote to us after he received his Model IX in stag: It came yesterday. Wow!! What a great knife! I'll likely be ordering more...That stag is stupendous! And the blade, well it is scary sharp... everything is absolutely top notch!
Hello Eddie & Miss Lora! The works of art arrived safely yesterday. Each one was crafted exactly as promised. You have no doubt easily exceeded my expectations; From the presentation grade handle materials, to the finely executed grinds and high quality leather sheaths. Thank you so much for building these wares for us and for your excellent customer service.
After talking w/Eddie a few times I decided on 3 knives for us w/different handle materials. 1 for Nick in stag. 1 for Jen California Burl and mine the long anticipated old-school ivory micarta No kidding, after I layed them out under the bright spotlight and after all the dust cleared, I was found holding the beautiful stag knife. Nick was nowhere to be found w/his California Burl and Jenny was clutching the ivory micarta with no intention of letting go. It's like-What The *^%# Just Happened?! Go figure! Well I guess there's always next build.You will always be a part of our future hunts. Lets do it again! Respectively the 3 skis! Kevin, Jen and Nick
Today was the opening of our early doe season. Went out and sat along one of our corn fields. It was a very beautiful morning. We had a cold front come thru, 43 degrees….The knife I used is an Eddie White Utility Hunter, handled in redwood burl. Got it from my wife for our 40th wedding anniversary. Ain't she sweet. (The knife and my wife.)...Good luck to all on your upcoming hunts. And be sure you pack a Eddie White knife for your hunting duties. ~Signed, A satisfied customer
Below are some photos from Jason in Canada....
Eddie. Knife came in around noon. To say I am estatic would be an understatement!
I can't believe the quality of craftsmanship for such a low price.
I've bought "big name" customs at twice the price for half the quality.
You have sold me on your work! Thanks again for such a smooth transaction.Btw, I am already thinking about another knife, a couple months down the road...
US Marine Justin Shumpert from South Carolina
Justin Shumpert's new Model XIII Fighter from Shadow Knives
We just got back from a wild river trip in south Texas. We floated 47 miles down The Devil's River which is just northwest of Del Rio, Texas. We had a great wild time. 6 nights on the river in remote big country.
I had my leather man, a good friend from Abilene, Texas make me a couple of sheaths for your knives. They work awesome. He makes my belts too. Here are a few pictures of the trip and of your great knife. I just took one with me and it worked great. I wore it all the time on land, in the canoe, and in the water. Super job partner. Sharp, balanced, tough, and really awesome knives.
I never took off your knife except to sleep as you can see. We had a great time and thanks for making me some great .... Eddie White Knives! King Pugh A Real Texan with an Awesome Knife!
From our Texan friend King 'Catfish' Pugh-- Here's a picture of one of my set of 4 Model IX Shadow Knives in smooth bone. My good friend, Dan Peterson, Peterson Leather Works, in Abilene, Texas is a master leather man who works part time out of his shop.
4 men and 3 canoes faced the Devil's River, just northwest of Del Rio, Texas...
Here's a picture of the Model XII in ACTION on the Volga River in Russia. Our newest customer and friend Stan writes, "Two words about the knife. It has shown itself...Heavy enough to cut branches of a tree and thin enough to cut vegetables. It is a good knife!''
This Model IX in maple burl just sold to a BladeForums member! He is very well pleased and showed this picture and this comment on BladeForums: "Missed the special but I am pleased with the one I ordered. I'm pleased to the point that I had to place another order with Eddie!"--- BoonDoggle on BladeForums.
A note from Eddie and Lora- The comments below are all quoted from two sources: satisfied customers that found Shadow Knives at
Many thanks to all of our customers for all of your kind words. We respect your right to privacy. We would never sell your information or disclose any comments from an email without permission. Let us know if we can use your comments when contacting us!
Eddie, I received the model IXxs in bone...and I have to tell you that it is a beauty! I almost didn't want to give it away! ...The contrast is excellent and the edge was incredible with clean lines that felt great in the hand. The polishing of the ss pins gave it that extra touch of class along with the beautifully done sheath. Bravo sir!
I presented it to my friend...and he fell in love with it. He is new to knives... and I wanted him to have a handmade custom piece and with your help I was able to achieve that. Thank you Eddie. Truly. The look on his face was of pure joy.... Always Appreciative,
DT of New Mexico
"...this dagger has to be the single nicest one I own, very clear lines, great feel in the hand (I know this is very subjective, but its heft is perfect for me). I have bigger ones, stouter ones, but this IS the looker! -signed The Hapless French Guy
Let me be one to say...with a gigantic grin, "Wow!" I asked (for)..a Clip point with...modifications…. I requested that he suprise me with a handle of his choice for EDC and sure enough this master of cutlery did just that. The finish of the knife is superb. The matching bolsters within the handle compliment the polished blade...give the knife a touch of class that makes this piece stand out from my other knives. ...very clean workmanship...not only looks great but fills my hand..with its well contured geometry. This knife is stout and I am sure to be using this one for a lifetime. ...Eddie and his wife have great customer service. ...keeps you informed about your purchase and does so quickly and with an attitude that makes you want to come back again. ...it would be a no brainer to pass up on the level of craftmanship that he provides at more than fair prices. I highly recommend. ---Dante of Albuquerque, New Mexico
So, Mr. White, you cutlery genius.
Here I am with a work of art and superb tool that I cannot possibly bring myself to use.
It is not only masterfully made - flawless in fit, finish, and grind - but also, this knife is exactly what I wanted.
I say exactly.
You chose a perfect color for the handle spacers, and your use of a slightly different grind than usual - well, the entire effect just blew me away. ...
The cocobolo itself is gorgeous, as you said...
And I believe this is the sharpest edge on a new knife that I've ever seen.
The whole situation is just totally unconscious.
Thanks, and thanks again. JH
Just wanted to let you know I took the Model XII you made me on my ram hunt about 3 weeks ago.The other hunters in camp were impressed with its sharpness.I was impressed with the sheath and its retention capability.I shot a ram with my bow and had to bail off the mountain after it (tough critters)!The place in West Texas is straight up or straight down and all rock and cedar!I was one tired puppy when I got through chasing that ram.I had to literally push my way through numerous cedar thickets and ended up climbing back up to the roadway by having to get on my hands and knees and literally crawl through and under the cedar brush!I was exhausted and actually forgot about my knife in all the excitement and hard work.I had several scratches on my hands and arms when I reached the top and when I looked for my knife, I was relieved to see it snugly in the form-fitted sheath right where it should be!
Very nice product.Thanks again! C.B.
Mr. Eddie White,
I received my Model XII Clip Point ...It is excellent!Thank you very much.I carried it all weekend, and showed everyone.I was like a kid at Christmas.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to tell you how I came to choose one of your products.I searched the internet for a quality handmade knife.I found quite a few people making custom knives.(Lots of different materials, lots of different prices)I can only wonder about the care and the skill it takes to produce some of the fine pieces that I saw.I’m sure many people purchase knives to put on a shelf and just appreciate the craftsmanship.Some are truly works of art.
Well, I was looking for a work of art that I could actually use.I found that in your knife.When I weighed design, price and functionality, you were the only choice.
I had decided on the Model XII, and just happened to check AVAILABLE NOW!So, I jumped on it.I look forward to future purchases with you.
R. T. Eddie's knives..
I just purchased two of these (model IX hunter)...These knives are just incredible!!
First off the fit & finish is dead nuts perfect! The scales are matched exquisitely in every detail including length, width, thickness and grain pattern. The handle itself is nice and chunky and is a full four inches in length. Its perfectly proportional scales fits around its indestructible full tang construction super snug making this a handle fit for a mans size paw, and is not one of those skimpy and skinny hard to hold handles you get with some customs.
Second, the grind on this blade is as sweet and as uniform as any I have seen including my very high end customs, my Doziers and Ruanas customs or any other for that fact! These blades are literally hair popping shaving sharp right out of the sheath...
.. So of coarse I just had to use it immediately. Not having anything to gut or skin right after the Postman arrived and having a B-B-Q supper to prepare, I decided to utilize my new shadowknives hunter and was very impressed with how the lightly sanded Micarta scales stick right to the palm of your hand when wet! Of coarse the blade performed like a champ going through a pork shoulder and boning multiple racks of ribs with ease as well as cutting and shaving all matter of fruit and veggies.
Last but not least you all will be happy to receive a very fine reinforced leather hide sheath that works more like a pistol holster than a simple knife scabbard. I don't know what his technique is for preparing his sheathes but they go well beyond merely a strong knife sheath!
Suffice it to say I have a new knifemaker for my future customs!!Thanks Eddie!!
(Here's an excerpt from our friend SpearZ in Canada)
...I am finding it to be one of the sharpest and best cutting knives I have ever had..
thanks again, love that knife and the way it cuts, it's a scalpel.
It is an excellent usable EDC knife, in my opinion. Well made in every aspect. Great knife and sheath, I wore it all day extremely comfortable knife on your belt. SpearZ on BF
In the Trinity Alps of Northern California from Mike- "I wanted to send you some pictures from my hunting trip last Saturday. I am extremely happy with the knife I bought from you. Not only does it hold an unbelievably sharp blade but IT BROUGHT ME SOME LUCK as well. I shot a 3x3 buck in the Trinity Alps on opening day. We were way up at about 3500 feet elevation and had to pack in so I had to do all of the butchering right there on the mountain. ... I look forward to purchasing another Shadow Knife in the near future."
In the Trinity Alps- Mike's deermeat and his Shadow Knife
I just had the chance to take my knife out--and I have to say that I am once again, blown away by your craftsmanship. The knife is
everything that I am looking for: A knife that pulls its weight in the wild, but draws stares when I pull it out of its sheath.
Thanks again my friend.
Your Biggest Fan,
The Model IX arrived!
This is by far the nicest knife I own. Everything is simply outstanding. The
handle looks and feels great, the blade is sharper than most production
blades (including Spyderco's) that I own, and the sheath has a fit that
rivals the fit of Normarks work! On top of all that your knives are quite
affordable. It will see plenty of use indoors and out!
All these factors lead me to the conclusion that this is the first of
several knives I will eventually get from you.
Have a great evening knowing that you have yet another regular customer.
The best to you and yours,
Eddie, I got home today and the knife was here. It goes without saying that it is awesome. I really like the false edge that you started putting on these. It really added a nice touch to it. The wood is one of the nicest pieces of rosewood I have ever seen.It is beyond my expectations, but I wouldn't expect any less from Shadowknives.
Eddie, I just wanted to tell you that the last clip point I bought from you was given to a friend who just loves clip points with sharpened clips. He took it elk hunting last week and got his bag. Anyway he told me after skinning the critter (8x7) the knife was still sharp enough to at least start on another one. He was impressed by your steel. His comment was the you must have your heat treating down just right to get 440 (C) to hold an edge like that. Thought you'd like to know. BTW my friend has been collecting knives for over 50 years and is a lot harder to impress than I am. Thanks, Ben
Here's Amos' knife pictured among some of his favorite things...
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I just got my knife from Eddie, it was a smooth and very satisfactory transaction. The workmanship on this knife is excellent as expected from looking at his site and seeing the experience he has at making knives. Great price, great knife, very nicely made leather sheath. ...
... I'm a slightly large (i.e. big and fat) guy and the handle fits my hand beautifully. The canvas micarta is finished just right - not slickly finished but nicely done to look good while still providing a great grip. Much better looking than a bead-blasted canvas handle. The blade finish is also attractive, with even grinds and a nice distal taper. I like to look down the nose of a knife, point on, and see a perfect mirror image of the grinds on left and right - and they are. And yes, the sheath was very well done indeed. It's stiff, looks good and holds the knife right in there. I'm very satisfied!TorzJohnson
Posted by Nvincible
I got my knife today. Absolutely beautiful work. Best knife I have ever bought. The look and feel are just awesome.
OK, guys, at last I can brag on my knife. Eddie made me promise not to tell about it, but now the cat's out of the bag. It came hair-popping sharp, the fit and grind is dead-on and the G-10 isn't slippery. As usual, the sheath fit is perfect. You can't beat Eddie's knives or his price. And this orange G-10 is something special. Can you tell I like his work? Happy Knife Year!! Bill.
Eddie (and his wife) can't be beat for quality, value, and service. Great blade and great people to deal with. Bill
I got out for my first fishing trip of the season today, took your #9 that I bought … attached to my outdoors "Nessmuk/Ditty" bag. Really like this knife! … the sheath in the pictures is an old-style Bark River Knife & Tool Northstar. --The Last Confederate
You are in for a real treat my friend.. When you see, and then experience your shadowknives custom knife while performing your own cutting chores you will be simply amazed at what a fine tool this hunter really is. --Anthony
These are great knives you guys. I just received my large model 9 from Eddie this week, and boy is it a beauty with a "let me at `em edge". Fit and finish is on par with knives that cost 3-4 times as much. Eddie and his wife are super nice to deal with and Eddie has been grinding blades for over 30 years. Best of the best here folks: great price point, excellent fit and finish, and a highly experienced bladesmith. -FewPop
The knife has arrived.The handles are fantastic and the feel of the knife in your hand is solid and comfortable.The blade is balanced nicely by the sheephorn and it all comes together.Thanks very much for doing a first class job Eddie and I wish good luck in the future.......Tom B.
(Here are some emails from satisfied customers. This is printed with proper permissions.)
Just wanted to let you know that I received the knife today. The photo does not do it any justice. I'm a very happy customer; perfect blade shape, beautiful grinds and a very comfortable handle. I can't wait to put it to use! Thanks for a smooth transaction. This was my first custom; I don't think there's any turning back to commercial knives now!
My Dad loved the knife! He loves it, loves it, loves it! He's called me twice about it yesterday asking questions and told me again today how much he liked it. Not to mention the half hour or so he spent just staring at it when he opened it on Sunday. Just thought I would let you all know. Thanks again! I'm sure I'll be getting him another one in the future!
Shadow Knives is International! Here is a picture of a Model IX sold to a customer in Brunei, Borneo! We have sold to 19 countries and 47 States in the Union.