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Ben Sobieck

About Ben Sobieck

Ben Sobieck is the online editor for BLADE and administrator of blademag.com. His top interests include outdoors knives, classy EDCs, current events issues and any blade with a great story behind it. Contact him at ben.sobieck@fwmedia.com.

Jigging and Shaping Knife Handle Scales

Video: Jigging and Shaping Knife Handle Scales

American Bladesmith Society master smith Steve Dunn demonstrates how to jig and shape knife handle scales in this video. The tutorial was shot during the Slip Joint Folding Knife class at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina, on Dec. 3-7, 2012. Learn more about knife designs, including handles, in 101 Knife Designs.

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Video: How to Select a Milling Vise for Knifemaking

This demonstration on the selection and use of milling vises is by Dale Schafer, Machine/Tool Technology Instructor at the Washburn Institute of Technology. This was one of the demonstrations at the 3rd Heartland Hammer-In in Topeka, Kansas sponsored by the American Bladesmith Society and hosted by the Kansas Custom Knife Makers Association. For more...

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Tips for Grinding a Blade

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Murray Carter’s new book, Bladesmithing with Murray Carter. Click here to learn more from this renowned knifemaker. The shape of the blade, or profile, must be precisely ground. Grinding is the operation of using files or other abrasives to mechanically shape the steel into a functional blade....

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How to Select a Steel for Forging

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Murray Carter’s new book, Bladesmithing with Murray Carter. Click here to learn more from this renowned knifemaker. The first and most logical approach is to select steel by doing some research on cutlery grade steel. Topics to especially pay attention to are the chemical composition of different...

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4 Steps to Perfect Freehand Sharpening

by Dexter Ewing 1) Select a Sharpener Invest in a good bench stone. You have the natural ones like the arkansas stones and the manmade ones such as the Norton India stone. There are also the diamond-bonded stones that many companies produce. 2) Color the Edge With a black ink permanent marker, color the...