OK guys and Gals, help me out. I need to locate a blade smith or anyone that has the ability to make a couple of working knives. Not looking for custom pretty display pieces but rugged to be used and probably abused working knives. I want to gift these to two of my closest Newfoundland friends. The knives will be "Splitting" knives also at times called "sound bone" knives. Photos will follow. This all started out as a show of appreciation to one friend who lets me use his lobster boat while I am in NL. When his brother got wind of my plan he expressed a desire for one as well. So now I need two. To see the knife in action one can just google "splitting and drying cod fish". The only splitting knife available to buy is a made in China POS that they break with frequency. I have an old one that has seen many trips to Labrador aboard the schooners that spent the summer and Fall fishing before returning to Newfoundland with holds packed with salted Cod. I can make this knife available to a knife maker to use as a guide. The older knife was made in Sheffield England. The newer one with the smaller handle is the Chinese version. The knifes I need built should have the larger handle like the old timer and be made of a steel that will take the forces placed upon it when splitting fish without fracturing or breaking off. Additionally because my Newfie friends are not known to fuss over their equipment and being used around salt water a metal that can survive the environment and lack of attention is desirable. Soooooo, how about some suggestions for a no nonsense knife maker that will not break my bank. It would be nice if I could keep it relatively local to NY as well. Edit: The blade on the old knife is mis shaped due to much use and sharpening. The Chinese knife is new and has a proper shaped blade.