Ash Blaeds’ knives are in a nutshell – Indianapolis Month-to-month

Ash Blaeds' knives are in a nutshell - Indianapolis Monthly

The McCordsville store makes handcrafted knives that are worth investing in to protect.

Aric Geesaman in his workshop.

About four years ago, around the time Aric Geesaman’s third child was about to be born, the amateur blade smith with a biological background decided to turn his garage studio hobby into a full-time gig.

His reasons for diving headlong into his handcrafted knife business, Ash Blaeds, were in part practical as he and his wife calculated the prohibitive cost of daycare for their growing family. But forging high carbon steel into beautiful cutting and dicing instruments also has sentimental value to the McCordsville maker, who uses found lumber from Indy Urban Hardwood to shape the polished handles preferred by some of Indy’s top chefs.

“My family loved camping and fishing when I was growing up, and it was during those times that I realized the importance of always having a good knife,” Geesaman says. He still passed on old knives from his grandparents – pocket knives, a kitchen knife, a small butcher’s knife.

Geesaman designs his hardwood-handled blades, which cost between $ 200 and $ 900, as heirlooms and as protected investments. “It makes me shudder a little when I see people picking things up with their knives or hitting the side of something with them,” he says. “Treat your edge like a scalpel, not a hammer.”