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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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5 Leading Sharpening Rods

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Intermediate Forging: Blending the Old with the New

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Forged in Fire: Gimmick, Inspiration or Both?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Knife Design 101: What are Line and Flow?

Good line and flow are at the core of knife design.
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