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Combining old world craftsmanship with new world quality is the principle that guides us here at Dogwood Custom Knives. Our handmade knives are crafted entirely in house to ensure that every knife meets our rigid standards for quality. We firmly believe that function is the greatest form of beauty and that is why we hand assemble each of our knives with very little ornamentation. The art is in the fit and finish of these knives and they will be a joy to use for generation after generation. Our greatest hope is that our knives will one day become a trusted family heirloom that has been used with confidence and pride for generations.



Thin Is IN

Thin Is In! This is one of my early articals that ran on the Equip 2 Endure wen site   By Dan Eastland       As many of you that know me from around E2E, I have a fat blade peeve, or as I like to say “we suffer from blade obesity”.  As we have super-sized our collective asses we seem to have also super-sized our blades to the effect of creating big abominations that are not fit for the work they were intended to do.  As you can probably tell I am about to go off on a rant.........     As access to cheap sources of high calorie food and not being required to do any real work is leading us down the road of “fat assery”! Yes that is a word that I just made up but, it should be in Wikipedia by now, go check - as I was saying our blades are getting so fat they can’t do the job they were meant to do.  In this analogy mass production and the industrial revolution is McDonald’s.     Not too long ago, when we worked on farms and did physical labor,     we


Millions in bushcrafting but not a cent in kitchen

Millions for bush crafting but not one cent for the kitchen   I am going to start this off with some honesty. I am a kitchen guy. Blame Ethan Becker for this,  I do. If I am going to be honest, I have to say I was a kitchen guy, long before I was a knife guy.  There is some back story so bear with me as that I am getting paid by the word.   My oldest came into this world too soon, was sickly when we were able to bring him home and someone was going to have to stay with him.  At the time I was a full time student and my wife traveled a lot with work.  I was faced with the easiest important decision  I ever made.  I dropped out of school watched “Mr. Mom" one more time and reported for duty, and yes the pun was intended.  It was not long before I realized that though demanding, the stay-at-home gig was not going to overly tax my admittedly limited mental abilities.  With a kid that slept a lot and the realization that my fine dining days were on indefinite hold, I pulled down the


What makes a good survival knife

    This is an article on choosing a survival knife that I wrote for the guys at Equip 2 Endure.   Survival knife  Many of you here at E2E know of me but for those that I have not had the chance to meet yet, my name is Dan Eastland and I am the owner, lead craftsmen, sanding boy and floor sweeper at Dogwood Custom Knives.  Apart from being a full time maker, I have spent nearly my entire life with a blade of some kind in my hand.  It started with the  Barlow knife my dad gave me when I was eight, followed by the gerber mini mag I got when I was fourteen, the bayonet my uncle sam gave me when I was seventeen, and the assorted kitchen knives I have slung. Through my 20’s, I even spent some time getting to know a wood workers marking knife.  I have taken this experience and combined it with equal or greater experience working with my hands and a passion for tools to help me realize my calling as a knife maker.  For this first article I want to look at what makes a good “Survival Knife”.     Building a survival