I would like to add that getting steel from another source and outsourcing heat treat is not indicative of quality. If his knives do not perform as well as one would expect from a hand made knife than it is down to steel choice, design, bevel angles, choice in handle material etc. The process certainly qualifies the man as a custom knife-maker and that same process can produce excellent knives, if his are not look to the player not the instrument.
Bearing the burden of responsibility..... It's probably my fault.
Treat your silver as if it were earthenware and your earthenware as if it were silver - Seneca, Letters of a Stoic