Today, the business is a family affair. The bulk of knife production is handled by a few employees and Don José’s two sons, José and Rafael, both of whom he personally trained. “The most beautiful thing is being a father and teacher to my sons,” he says. When not in school, his three grandsons also put in time at the workshop. And at the Cuchillos Ojeda storefront around the block, various relatives by both blood and marriage are tasked with selling a wide array of products. These might include a 15.5-centimeter Japanese-style chef’s knife with a cocobolo wood handle (about U.S.$47), a set of eight table knives with animals etched on the blades ($24), or an engraved pocket knife with a handle that combines camel bone, buffalo horn, and wood ($295). Other options for sale are instruments for carving, filleting, and even hunting. Should you want your name inscribed or a specific design, they also do custom commissions, which can take up to 30 days to create.