Knife Making

South of the city in Ocotlán de Morelos, the Aguilar workshop produces knives completely by hand using techniques that are hundreds of years old. The process has been passed down for generations.

The steel, acquired from recycled materials, is heated in a wood burning brick and stone oven, after which it is hammered on an anvil to create a variety of blade shapes.


Animal skins, hooves, and bone are used to create handles for the swords and knives.


Every step of the way these artisans use hand-made, traditional machinery to form, file, and polish each unique piece. Get a first-hand look as we spend time with the artisans of this well-known workshop.