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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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Hallmark Of The Hamon

For ages the hamon has fascinated makers and knife users alike. Finicky, beautiful, and historic, the hamon continues to wow.
Jerry Fisk (left) and Ricardo Vilar

Forged In Fame

Inspiration and guidance from Jerry Fisk has helped Forged In Fire champion Ricardo Vilar continue his rise to steel stardom.
Curt Zimmerman’s 14.5-inch fighter features a san-mai blade of ball-bearing steel and an ancient walrus ivory handle. (SharpByCoop knife image)

San-Mai: Steel Trinity

The three-layer construction of san-mai results in sharp, durable, beautiful blades
Sheathmaker Chris Kravitt prefers a pouch sheath “because it is easier to draw and resheathe the knife without worrying about straps.” His belt model includes some fancy carving. (Chris Kravitt image)

Hunting Knife Sheaths: The Constant Companion

The correct sheath is pivotal to the complete hunting knife package. A good sheath can keep your knives safe and sharp for decades.
In his version of frame handle construction, bladesmith Salem Straub used a threaded fastener in an internal slot in the frame to mechanically lock all the parts together tightly. The handle material is relieved on the inside to accommodate the fastener. (Salem Straub image)

Hall-Of-Frame Handles

Frame handles remain just as useful in making a knife today as it was centuries ago.
Very popular in his home country of Slovakia, Jan Hafinec outfits his custom utility hunter in a five-inch blade of forged C105 carbon steel sporting a flashy double hamon. Handle: presentation desert iron wood. Guard and subhilt: stainless steel. Overall length: 10 inches. Sheath: by the maker and of leather. Maker’s price for a similar knife: $699. (Impress by Design image)

Right Tool For The Job

Knowing what makes a knife the best choice for the right type of game is important and can be the difference between a successful hunt and a poor one.
Jim Sornberger is recognized as an authority on original San Francisco knives, as well as the magnificent gold quartz that was used so well by Gold Rush artisans. His reproduction folder includes a damascus blade, copious engraving and some of the aforementioned gold quartz. (Jim Sornberger image)

Heirlooms Of Time

Many top knifemakers are keeping historic styles and methods of making knives alive today.
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