Knife Embellishments

Decorations of most any form fit under “knife embellishments,” including but not limited to black and white or color scrimshaw, carving/sculpting, engraving (including gold inlay), filework, inlaid gemstones, wire-inlaid handles, etc. Decorations in similar or dissimilar forms also may spill over onto the sheath accompanying the knife. Some makers do their own embellishing, while some farm the knives/sheaths out for it.

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Innovative Knives

Congratulations to Michael Vagnino for winning the 2014 Wooden Sword award, given out to one custom knifemaker each year on page 7 of the KNIVES annual book.

Cutlery Hall Of Fame: Buster Warenski

Any discussion of the greatest custom knifemakers of the modern era must include the late Buster Warenski, a member of the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame. While best known for his reproduction of the King Tut Dagger in the late 1980s, Warenski’s influence on custom knives, knifemakers and the Knifemakers’ Guild was immense and, in...

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Art Knife vs. Cutting Tool Debate

The art knife versus cutting tool debate of whether knives are, or should be, works of art or cutting tools has always intrigued me. There are those who are a bit “put off” by art knives because they prefer utilitarian knives made to be used and employed when needed. That is certainly understandable, and...

What To Ask/Not Ask a Knifemaker

When you buy a knife from a knifemaker, it’s your money and you have the right to ask him or her any question—within reason—about the knife. However, there are certain questions we recommend you ask and others we recommend you don’t ask. For instance: •Don’t ask how long it took to make the knife....

Guild Show: Granddaddy Custom Knife Event

The Knifemakers’ Guild Show will hold its 44th annual rendition—the granddaddy of all custom knife shows—this weekend at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Knifemakers, knifemaking suppliers, purveyors and more from all over the world will convene in Derby Town, where some of the best custom knives will be shown and sold. The...

What’s Your “Comeback” Knife?

Is there a specific knife model, a knife style or some other knife feature, gizmo or what have you that you don’t see anymore but would like to see make a comeback? It can be just about anything—custom or factory, combat or kitchen, utility or fantasy—you name it and you discuss it. A picture...