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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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Shane Magnussen's Sinnsyk (Image: SharpByCoop)

Cool Custom: Shane Magnussen’s Sinnsyk

Finding inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shane Magnussen created the Sinnsyk with the help of his fans.
RJ Martin

Inside The Shop Of RJ Martin

Known for his high-quality custom knives, RJ Martin has earned a spot as one of America's most creative knifemakers.
Ernest Emerson

Ernest Emerson: His Shop And Tools

Ernest Emerson is one of the leading designers of tactical knives, and we get to see his shop and how he works.
Shawn McIntyre's forged mosaic damascus Sheffield Bowie with a striking presentation stag handle and 9-inch blade. The knife runs 14 inches in overall lenght. Similar knives from McIntyre would command $2,850.

Bowie Knife: Shorter Customs Are Where It’s At

The new sweet spot for a custom bowie knife is now a 9- to 9.5-inch blade!
The Moran Bladesmith and Artisan Academy is a sparkling new edifice containing an office, classroom, museum and gift shop, and a large room where forging, grinding and related skills will be taught. Note the Moran moon logos on the shutters.

Moran Bladesmith Academy Dedicated To The Father Of Modern Damascus

Dedicated in honor of the "Father of Modern" damascus—William F. Moran—the Moran Bladesmith and Artisan Academy is now a reality.
Oleksii Nesterenko’s Stingray flipper folder has a 4-inch blade of M390 stainless steel and a handle, pivot rings and back spacer of Micarta®. The clip and bolster are zirconium. Closed length: 5 inches. Retail price: $2,600. (Steel Addiction Custom Knives image)

On The Edge Of War: Knife Pros And The Ukraine Conflict

A knifemaker and other knife pros take different approaches to the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The ravages of war often have global impact—even when the fighting is half a world away...
Nick Bachtel studied 19th-century great Michael Price's work to create a faithful reproduction of a Price-style gentleman’s bowie.

Bachtel’s Bowie With A Pedigreed Background

A study of Michael Price's work, Nick Bachtel's reproduction gentleman bowie has the looks to wow. Bladesmith Nick Bachtel has parlayed his fascination with the knives of 19th-century...

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