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What does IRBI stand for?

I’d Rather Be Independent!  It's all part of the Alaskan spirit.  Read more about our history.

How do I care for my IRBI Knife?

Our knives are made of carbon steel. Care must be taken to prevent rusting. Keep lightly oiled. Don’t store in a wet sheath. Read more here.

Do you make folding knives?

In a word, no.  Fixed blade hunting and general purpose knives are our specialty.  However, we occasionally carry a selection of folding knives made by other manufacturers.

Does the price of a knife include a sheath?

Most IRBI Knives do include a sheath, with a few exceptions.

Can I buy a sheath for my non-I.R.B.I. knife, hatchet or ulu?

Absolutely.  Visit our photo gallery to see samples of sheaths Dawn has made and see our pricing page for details.

What is your shipping policy?

We ship our knives all over the world!  We prefer to ship via the U.S. Postal Service, but can also use FedEx.

I’m thinking of ordering an IRBI Knife as a gift. When do I need to place my order to receive it for a birthday or Christmas?

We recommend placing your order 3-4 months before you want to receive it, although some knives may take up to 2 years to complete, depending on availability of materials.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, and they can be purchased for any amount

Do you sharpen other makers’ knives?

Yes, we charge a nominal fee for sharpening non-IRBI Knives.

Do you sharpen scissors?

Yes.  We charge a nominal fee per pair of scissors.

How can I pay for my IRBI Knife?

We accept cash, money orders, personal checks, travelers checks, Visa and MasterCard.  We've also been known to barter from time to time...

How many CDs are on the big knife sign?

We’re guessing 800, but have never been bored enough to count.

What's the deal with mannequins?

During the summer months, a collection of mannequins stand along the roadside at IRBI Knives. Why? To slow down traffic, of course. It all started with one Virgil picked up at a yard sale.

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