Author Archives: Ben Sobieck

Ben Sobieck

About Ben Sobieck

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


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...


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...

A Knife for Sgt. Dakota Meyer I

    In recognition of his military actions in Afghanistan on behalf of his fellow servicemen and his country that resulted in his receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, U.S. Army Sgt. Dakota Meyer was presented with a custom knife made by Gene Baskett, a custom AR-15 rifle, and honorary membership in the Knifemakers’ Guild....


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