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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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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.

Photos: How to Wrap a Japanese-Style Handle

ABS master smith Wally Hayes details each step in this photo series. This demonstration wraps over a ray skin handle.
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Want to Make Knives Full Time? Read This First

The pros agree: Follow these tips and you'll (maybe) become a full-time knifemaker.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About MicartaⓇ

"Micarta" has become the Kleenex of knife handles. It's used so generically that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the word refers to something specific.
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Knifemaking 101: The 12-Step Vine Filework Method

In step-by-step photos, ABS master smith Wally Hayes details how to file a vine pattern on the spine of a knife.
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What is a Bird’s-Beak Handle?

You've seen it countless times before. Did you know it had a name?