I’ve recently quit taking custom orders.  Unfortunately my schedule does not allow this.  For now, whatever I have available will be for sale here on this site.

The following prices are general examples of what may increase the cost of a knife.  Some examples are size, steel type, deep or exotic finger grooves, lanyard holes, false edges, colored spacers, fitted guards, high cost materials like exotic woods, silver, bronze, nickel, bone, tooled sheaths.

Current blade steels I use include- 01, 8670, and 1080 carbon steel, and 154CM AEB-L or 440C stainless steel

Sheaths-  Not all knives for sale on this site will come with a sheath.  In fact, most won’t.  Custom leather work is a labor of love, and is greatly unappreciated for the amount of time it takes.   Whenever I am making a sheath I am thinking I could be making another knife.  Therefore, I now farm it out and will either offer you a stock sheath from someone else or point you in the right direction to a custom leather worker.

What I don’t do

Mirror polishing, utilize certain exotic materials like giraffe bone, tusk, Ivory, any protected species of handle material.

 My guarantee

“I guarantee the workmanship and performance of all my knives. If you are not 100% satisfied, you can return your knife and I’ll send you another one, or you can get a full refund.

“At this time I am a one-man shop, and make a limited number of knives per year, so please be patient, if you prefer to talk in person you may call me at (815) 761-7217.”

– Chris Wiehle


I can accept checks, paypal, money orders/cashiers check, and cash in person (please allow time for personal checks to clear)


FedEx or UPS.


All Cardinal Knives come with a “normal usage” lifetime warranty with the understanding that the purchased knife is to be solely used for it’s intended purposes. In other words don’t use a stainless skinning knife to baton firewood.  If through unforeseen circumstances your knife becomes damaged outside of the warranty terms just give me a call and we’ll work something out.  My customers are very important to me and I will do everything within my ability to keep you as a customer.

Legal Disclaimer-


Cardinal Knife Co sells knives and related merchandise (collectively, the “Merchandise”) only to individuals who can legally purchase and own such items in the particular jurisdiction where they reside. Your purchase of Cardinal Knife Co merchandise, whether in person, by telephone, by mail, by fax, or over the Internet, legally binds you and your heirs, assigns, transferees, and personal representatives as follows:


When you order and purchase merchandise from Cardinal Knife Co, you represent that you are of legal age to purchase the merchandise ordered and that the merchandise can be purchased and owned in your country, state, county, and/or city of residence. By offering merchandise for sale, Cardinal Knife Co does not represent or warrant that any specific purchaser may legally purchase, own, or possess the merchandise ordered. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS! Knives and related Cardinal Knife Co merchandise may be dangerous, even deadly, if used improperly, negligently, and/or illegally. When you purchase merchandise from Cardinal Knife Co, you agree that you will use the purchased merchandise in a safe and legal manner, consistent with all applicable laws, recognized safety rules, and good common sense. You further agree that you will train and supervise minors in the use of Cardinal Knife Co Merchandise and that you will take such steps as may be reasonably necessary or required by applicable law to keep Cardinal Knife Co merchandise out of the hands of minors and untrained and/ or immature individuals. When you purchase merchandise from Cardinal Knife Co, you agree to assume all risks related to and/or arising from your ownership and use of the merchandise and agree to indemnify and hold Cardinal Knife Co harmless from any and all claims brought by any person or entity against Cardinal Knife Co related to and/or arising from your ownership and/or use of the merchandise.


No worries!  I fully understand you must get the knife in your hand before deciding it “fits” you.   So, I have made it as easy as possible to return or exchange it.  You have up to 30 days for exchanges and 14 days for a refund.  You may make as many exchanges as you like, so long as the knife shows no signs of use and you pay the shipping back and forth.  When sending a knife back to Cardinal Knife Co. for an exchange please enclose cash or check in the amount of $6.95 (covers lower 48 only) so I may ship your next knife back to you.

Return to:

Cardinal Knife Co.
c/o Chris Wiehle
6678 East Weld Park Rd
Stillman Valley, IL 61084

Please make checks for shipping payable to Chris Wiehle



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