Home 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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Play Dough Billets

Using Children’s Modeling Clay to Design Mosaic Damascus

Children's modeling clay, such as Play-Doh, can make for a neat shortcut when designing mosaic damscus. This trick can save a lot of time and money.
Tips for making knives

How to Make Mokume

Mokume (or mokume-gane) is made by layering different metals into a stack and then forging the stack into a billet. It's similar to damascus.
Knife Shop

11 Tips For Starting a Knife Shop at Home

Start making knives at home in your garage or shop with these 11 tips from a HEPK master smith.
Lin Rhea knifemaker

Knife Design 101: What are Line and Flow?

Good line and flow are at the core of knife design.
How to start making knives

How Much Money Do You Need to Start Making Knives?

How much is the initial investment for a path toward a knifemaking career? Get answers here.
Knifemaking tips

Tips For Making A Hidden-Tang Knife

It's not as hard as it seems! Here's how to attach the handle to a hidden-tang knife.
How to Create Pearl Inlays on Knife Handles

Knifemaking: How to Do Pearl Inlays

Here's how to create pearl inlays in knife handles, with step-by-step instruction from ABS master smith Wally Hayes.