Frequently Asked Questions

Knife Availability

If our books are currently open for custom orders, there will be an option to place an order on the Shop page, under "Book Openings".

The most reliable way to know when our books are opening is to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  At least 2 weeks before any book opening, we will post on the website, Facebook, and Instagram.

We do not accept deposits for orders when our books are not open.  

We do not keep a waiting list.  To us a waiting list means that you are guaranteed to get a specific knife model at some point in the future.  This means if 1000 people sign up on the list, we have to guarantee that 1000 model X knives get built and released into the community.  That is not really a guarantee we are prepared to make for a couple of reasons:

  1. We are not a large production knife company.
  2. We do not want to over-saturate the knife community with any model.
  3. We want the opportunity to keep innovating and constantly improve.  We believe if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, your ideas become stagnant and you slowly settle into the status quo.

If you want to purchase a knife directly from us there are a couple of ways you can do this:

  1. Join our Facebook group "Holt Bladeworks - The Pride" and enter the Sunday morning scheduled lottery.  Also watch for random lottery postings.
  2. Follow us on Instagram and watch for random lottery postings.

Any abandoned knives we have available are put up for lottery on either Facebook or Instagram.  

Upgrades and Maintenance

The last week of every month, we set aside time to perform spa treatments and do general maintenance.  All knives received before the last week of the month are returned by the last week of the month.  You can reserve a maintenance spot and see standard pricing here.  Once your spot is reserved, an email will be sent with instructions on how to proceed.  

The detent system in each knife is selected and fine tuned to accomodate slight variations in the lock bar handle and the blade.  While we can understand why it would  be nice to swap a Near Mirror M390 for a Stone Wash M390 or a Damasteel blade, it is not feasible at this time.

We handle warranty work outside of our normal upgrades and maintenance work.  If we have made a mistake, reach out and let us know.  We will correct the issue and get the knife back in your hands as quickly as possible.

We currently do not offer a completely new anodization scheme on previously sold knives.  What we do offer is a complete refresh of the original anodization.  Reserve a maintenance and/or upgrade spot here.

At this time we do not offer or take orders for upgraded hardware, clips, or spacers.  If at any time this changes, this will be an option made available on our Shop page.

This is no longer an option we offer.

This has been offered in the past, but is no longer available.  Changing out the detent system has inherent risk as it requires regrinding the lock face on the blade.  If the blade is ruined in this process, the knife becomes a throw away as our current V3 blade is not compatible with the V1/2 detent systems.


The only scheduled lottery we hold is every Sunday in our Facebook group "Holt Bladeworks - The Pride". 

We occasionally do random lotteries on Facebook or Instagram.  We do not give advanced warning of when these are dropping, and we do not notify a set group of people when they are posted.

Payment for lottery knives is expected within 24 hours.  If payment is not received within this time frame, the sale is canceled.

Lottery knives are all sold as makers choice.

We occasionally have lottery knives specifically for newbies only.  These lotteries are for the people who have not had the opportunity to own a Specter. If you have purchased one, was given one, leased one from a friend, etc then you do not qualify.