Ecos Knives was started by Jason Aube who is a self taught Michigan Knifemaker that started making knives at age 14. At the time of writing this he has been making knives for 24yrs. Originally concentrating his efforts on stainless steel blades with immaculate finishes (hand rubbed satin finishes, mirror polishes, etc) He soon found while these finishes look great they soon get messed up with actual use. So he decided to start Ecos to offer custom knives with user grade finishes at affordable prices. One of the biggest reasons we are carrying work created by Ecos knives is to get people to try their very first full custom knife and make that jump from production to custom without it breaking their bank. Jason Aube does an apprentice within his shop and a bit more about him. Juvel joined us in 2011 as our apprentice. Prior to working with us he was in the construction field. After a trial period to make sure he was compatible with the business he became a full time worker. He is still being trained with some stages of the process but has mastered many stages. Today Juvel does most of the heavy work. He does the majority of the forging, grinding, finishing, etc. Both Jason and Juvel contribute to the making of these pieces. This is for ONE piece. Being hand forged, each piece is unique. These are forged from iron/low carbon steel, which is the traditional way of doing it. If you want stainless steel we offer that under another listing. Being traditional carbon steel/iron these can develop surface rust in the right environments.(this is true from all jewelry sellers, not just us..its the nature of the metal) Although these have been quenched in wax which helps minimize rust. If a piece does rust its fairly easy to take care of, simple rub it down with either wax or oil with a slightly abrasive material..denim works well. This removes the active brown rust and gets it back t the gray color.