Bill Burke is one of my most admired knifemakers, and he make high performance working knives by forging 52100 bearing grade carbon steel, 5160 carbon steel, and his own Damascus. In 2008, he was honored to become an American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith.
Epicurean Edge sells his knives:
A nice WIP
If you want a knife from Bill, contact him by mail or PT/PM
I really recommend this smith.
Heres some work
My first yanagi. 52100 and wrought iron
52100 suji with curly koa
generic slicer, made from tamahagane that I smelted myself
sanmai gyoto ten inch blade 416 with 52100 core