Alaskan bladesmith David Mirabile specializes in high quality, artistic and functional working pieces.
Mirabile's “edged art” has been featured in several national publications and is in the hands of collectors and sportsmen around the world. His distinctive pieces are not only collected but are actively used by professionals such as chefs and guides as well. They have been used on climbing expeditions from the Antarctic, to Alaska, to Japan.
Originally from Massachusetts, Mirabile is a welder by trade and moved to Alaska in 1995 to pursue his passion for the craft of knifemaking full time.
“Living and working in Alaska affords me the opportunity to finish my knives with only the finest in natural handle material, such as ancient ivories, prehistoric bone, and Alaskan jade.”
Watch for unique local materials in his work, such as steel salvaged from abandoned mining sites! On occasion Mirabile will collaborate with his wife Cha, a well-known Alaskan ivory carver, to create stunning pieces that are truly sculptural in their effect.
Mirabile hand forges his blades from high-carbon tool steels and cable and makes his own Damascus. He also grinds ATS-34 and 440c stainless steel and features bronze, silver and titanium fittings in his knives. Many pieces are also featured in select galleries throughout Alaska!
Photo by PointSeven Studios.