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Home of Bronk’s Knifeworks, the Xross Bar Lock, Professional Knife Sharpening Service, the Northwest Knife Making School and the Double L Hoof Knife

Lyle Brunckhorst of Bronk’s Knifeworks is celebrating his 40 anniversary of making handmade, hardworking custom knives for both the outdoor enthusiast and the discriminating collectors.

Ever striving to keep improving the popular and well received Xross Bar Lock folding pocket knife and develop new designs around this new patented lock that will accompany my first two winning designs, the Sidekick EDC and the Starfighter tactical. The later has been torture tested and showcased in two separate magazine articles, Tactical Knives and Blade Magazine.

I have set up a new professional knife sharpening service shop near Mill Creek. I will be tooling up this shop to continue to make the Xross Bar lock folders and my new line of kitchen cutlery as well as other hand made knives.

I am working to keep the Northwest Knife making School going as I still get many requests for classes and I do enjoy teaching the craft. I am currently teaching a stock removal class at my sharpening location.

I am also seeking a new venue for the Double L Hoof Knife as production has been interrupted with the sale of property that my last shop occupied for the past 20 years.

Damascus Xross Bar Lock prototype by Bronk's Knifeworks
Damascus Xross Bar Lock prototype

The Xross Bar Lock story.

I chose using the CPM154CM powdered steel made by Crucible, for the Xross Bar folders, as I was well experienced with heat treating 154CM and its sister ATS 34 steels and generally liked the original steel from the beginning.

However this steel has been vastly improved by not allowing the steel to cool slowly in an ingot as normally done and instead spayed as a molten metal into a dry nitrogen chamber to freeze the steel instantly into homogeneous microscopic beads.

This operation prevents the different alloying metals from pooling or collecting together into their own puddles and impairing the alloying qualities to fully benefit from the alloying properties. These beads are later placed in a can and heated to welding heat and hydro-statically forge welded before being rolled into bars or sheets of superior alloy steel.

Bronk’s Knife Sharpening Service

These are exciting times for Bronk’s Knifeworks and knife sharpening service with a new shop and we look forward to many more good years in the knife making industry and invite you all to come visit and talk knives.

I am located at the North Creek Valley Grange location at 19510 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012 just a little South of Mill Creek.

I am situated across the street from and just a hundred feet or so south of Lombardi’s restaurant and right next to the South side of Tiles for Less.

I am not visible from the street so look for our new location and brand new building behind Wise’s key shop. Follow the sign. You will be able to see my shop once you have entered the parking lot right next to the Taco truck

For more information regarding pricing etc, please check out

My current working hours are from 10:00 to 5:00 Wednesday through Saturday

Shop address; Bronk’s Knifeworks & Sharpening Service, 19510 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012

If you can dull it, I can probably sharpen it.

Mailing address; Bronk’s Knifeworks, 2020 Maltby Road, Suite 7, PMB 180, Bothell, WA 98021

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Phone; 425 478=6809