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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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DIY Engraving Vise or Block

The bowling ball vise makes knife handle work easy and inexpensive As the old adage goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” but whoever thought of making an engraving vise out of a bowling ball...

Custom-Made Chef Knife: The Kitchen Integral

One-piece custom-made chef’s knives embody strength, balance, line and flow and more By Mike Haskew As it does in other aspects of custom knives, integral construction, with blade bolster, tang and pommel forged from a single...

Knifemaking: How to Make Temper Lines

Temper lines—aka hamons—are a very exciting part of knifemaking, and I would like to share with you how I produce cool temper lines on folders. -Wally Hayes STEEL and CLAY First you need to select your...

How to Do Plug Welds on Knives

Plug Welds the David Lisch Way The ABS Master Smith shows how he puts a plug weld in a damascus blade On this and the following pages, I will show you how to do a plug...

Marine Vet’s Knife Memorializes the Ultimate Sacrifice of His Iraq Comrades

1 Knife for the Lima Company 11 BY MIKE HASKEW BLADE® FIELD EDITOR *This article originally appeared in BLADE Magazine Winter 2013 The bond of brotherhood, sacrifice, and selflessness forged by fighting men in combat is, perhaps,...

IT’S ALIVE! The Living Knife by Jean-Marc Laroche will grab you—literally

“A knife capable of movement and gifted with intelligence …” —Jean-Marc Laroche “On fitting your hand into that of the knife, you already feel a strange clasping in response when, suddenly, the mechanical fingers close! You...

The Best Blade Grinds: What To Look For

As with most things knife, one type never fits all. BY MIKE HASKEW BLADE® FIELD EDITOR Finding the best blade grind for the job at hand has become the subject of some debate, but most knife...

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