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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How the knife will be used, edge geometry and heat treating are all key to deciding which knife steel to choose.

Sharp Knowledge: 3 Knife Steel Basics

One of the questions knife enthusiasts ask most is What is the best steel for a knife? Before you can answer such a question, you must first know exactly what it is you need in a knife. 1) Will you use the knife to cut meat, or paper, or rope, or plastic, or a...


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...

Don't ask a maker how long it took him to make a knife.

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....

Great custom knives always highlight the Guild Show.

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...

The 4th annual military issue of BLADE® salutes the military on the anniversary of 9/11.

New BLADE® Salutes Military On 9/11

Military heroes past and present and their favorite knives are the focus of the new BLADE® ( on the 12th anniversary of 9/11—on many newsstands NOW! Featuring a Bob Dozier Freedom Fighter on the cover that stopped a bullet and likely saved U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Josh Clysdale’s life, the latest issue of BLADE...