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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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Tsuba Time: Make a Guard for a Japanese Sword

When it comes to making Japanese swords, the "tsuba" is also known as the "guard." Here’s how to make one, with instruction from American Bladesmith Society master smith Wally Hayes.
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What’s the Best Kind of Knife Grind?

The most popular knife grinds today are hollow, flat and convex. Which one is the best overall? And does edge geometry matter more than heat treating? A few renowned knifemakers give their opinions.
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Why is CPM-154 So Popular with Custom Knifemakers?

CPM-154 stainless steel continues to dominate the custom knifemaking scene. What makes it so appealing? Two knifemakers offer their reasons for this hot pick.
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Knifemaking: “Tricking Out” the Wilton Square Wheel Grinder

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How to Make a Flipper Folding Knife

Go step by step with ABS master smith Wally Hayes and learn how to make a flipper-style folding knife.
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Knifemaking: What is the Best Kind of Tang?

Are full-tang knives the best? Or are other styles better? A new knifemaker asks an expert for the scoop.
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Knifemaking 101 – Read This Before You Make a Knife

by Wayne Goddard My experience has taught me that there's nothing like digging in and getting started. I've often said the hardest part of the most difficult project I ever completed was getting past the...