Frequently Asked Questions


What's the wait time?

This varies.  Hand made items take time.  It's part of their special value.  Turnaround is generally 6 weeks, however, some items need extra time.  During the Summer Spencer runs an outdoor school and work time is very limited.  He will often text or send picture updates on progress.

Do you use a forge?

Yes.  STD Knives are not a stock reduction build company.  Spencer uses one of his two coal fired forges to anneal, harden, treat, shape, taper, thin and work all steels.  

How do I pay?

You may use paypal sent to, or send cashiers check or money order to our office address at

 LOTSWILD 10 Murphy Blvd, Canton NC 28716. 

 Payments may also be made over the phone using a valid card by calling 828-280-0847

Do you have sales or discounts?

Yes!  There are often special deals listed on the website pages.  Check back often.  Spencer also offers deals in person at his many events throughout the year.  Host Spencer for a class in your town or become a wholesale distributor for further discounts and free thank yous!

What steel do you use?

Steel varies with price, but all steels are suitable for actual field use.  Common sources include carbon steel saw blades, American steel vehicle springs, bar stock tool steels, and alloy folded welds.  Spencer does not use D2 or stainless steels. 

How do I order?

Browse the gallery, decide what features you want or just have an end-use idea.  Contact Spencer for a final quote and pay up front using our standard methods.  Knife will be shipped on completion.  If you are unhappy for any reason Spencer will refund your money or replace the knife upon receipt of the original piece.  Please include contact information and order details with all payment methods.