Les De Asis

Benchmade Founder Les de Asis Passes Away

BLADE has learned the unfortunate news that Les de Asis, founder of Benchmade and a member of the BLADE Cutlery Hall of Fame, has passed away.
Japanese Style Knife Handle Wrap

Photos: How to Wrap a Japanese-Style Handle

ABS master smith Wally Hayes details each step in this photo series. This demonstration wraps over a ray skin handle.
Make knives for money

Want to Make Knives Full Time? Read This First

The pros agree: Follow these tips and you'll (maybe) become a full-time knifemaker.
Micarta knife example

5 Things You Didn't Know About MicartaⓇ

"Micarta" has become the Kleenex of knife handles. It's used so generically that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the word refers to something specific.
Wally Hayes

Knifemaking 101: The 12-Step Vine Filework Method

In step-by-step photos, ABS master smith Wally Hayes details how to file a vine pattern on the spine of a knife.