Knifemaking

Knifemaking is the building of a knife, which includes the blade, handle and other accouterments. Blades are made by either removing metal from a steel blank via a grinder – known as stock removal – and the forging to shape of hot steel into a blade in the process known as bladesmithing. Other parts, including bolsters, guards, pommels, etc., are needed to complete the finished knife.

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Do you know the keys to top handle design? The knife is the Kershaw Mini Skinner. (Kershaw photo)

7 Keys To Top Knife Handles

Know the keys to the best handle design to enhance your knife’s performance and safe use. Following are seven: 1) According to ABS journeyman smith Dan Farr, the size of your hand is a key to arriving at the best handle for you. Longer hands require a larger handle diameter and thicker hands a...

Top Knifemakers At NY Custom Knife Show Nov. 22-24

Join some of the world’s top custom knifemakers and other knife industry VIPs Nov. 22-24 for the 36th Annual New York Custom Knife Show at the Westin-Jersey City Newport in Jersey City, New Jersey. Next to the Knifemakers’ Guild Show the granddaddy of continuous custom knife shows, the New York Custom Knife Show attracts...

Knife Gift Idea Of The Month

Our knife gift idea of the month is just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have you ever thought about assembling a knife from one of the many kits available on today’s market and offering it to someone special in your life? There are any number of kits, some below $50, that offer all...

How to Grind Forged Blades

Video: How to Grind a Forged Blade

American Bladesmith Society (ABS) master smith Jerry Fisk explains how to profile a forged blade on a grinder in this video. Pay special attention to Fisk’s tip at the beginning of the video. Wear earplugs while running a grinder for best results. That way, you’ll be relaxed throughout the entire process. “If you’re tense,...

How to Make Mosiac Damascus

Video: How to Make Mosaic Damascus Steel with Ed Caffrey

In this video from the American Bladesmith Society, master smith Ed Caffrey details how to make mosaic damascus. This technique yields stunning steel for beautiful blades. How to Make Mosaic Damascus: The Billet From the video: First, I built a 4″x4″x6″ “can” and plugged one end with piece of 3/8″ place, then laid out...

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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.