Knifemaking

Distal Taper: Why Knives Have It

Distal taper is a concept long used by knifemakers in different parts of the world. Characterized by a reduction in thickness of the blade from guard to tip and spine to edge, distal taper results in a knife that is both lightweight and exhibits excellent edge geometry. The concept is also employed on knife...

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,...

Embrace the Skull-Cutter Craze

If you like knives, swords, cleavers and other edgeware embellished with skulls, the knife industry’s skull-cutter craze is for you. And it’s ideal for Halloween, too! Knives with skull motifs are nothing new. Knifemakers long have offered knives embellished with skulls, along with other ghoulish characters such as goblins, gargoyles, dragons, witches and warlocks,...

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...

How To Reserve Your Hotel Room For the BLADE Show

It’s that time of year again—when people start tearing their hair out trying to reserve their hotel rooms for the following year’s BLADE Show (www.bladeshow.com). Of course, the fact people are already lining up for their lodging seven months before it starts is testimony to just how important the show has become worldwide. And,...

New BLADE Says Boo! on Newsstands Now!

D.B. Fraley’s Torrent 5.0 “Grim Reaper” says boo to you on the cover of the latest BLADE® (www.blademag.com),  on most newsstands TODAY! Sporting extensive gold-inlay by engraver C.J. Cai in a fitting Halloween motif, the big flipper folder was five years in the planning and completion stages and its owner, Jon Ukman, is thrilled...