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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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 dif´Čücult project I ever completed was getting past the...
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Knifemaking & Swordsmithing: How to Make a Hamon

Learn how to make a hamon on a sword, or a knife, with this tutorial using techniques from a master swordsmith.
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Making Video Game Knives: Far Cry 4

Young knife collectors are commissioning reproductions of their favorite video game knives. Here's one example of a knifemaker who turned the "Far Cry 4" knife into real life.

Make a Handle for a Bowie Knife in 10 Steps

Here's how to make a handle for a bowie knife, or any fixed blade knife.
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“I Sawed My Index Finger in Half” – 5 More Knife Shop Horror Stories

Making knives is a rewarding hobby or career, but nearly every step is a chance for injury. Here are five more horror stories from knife shops.
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Make a Bowie Knife in 10 Steps

Learn how to make one of the most iconic knives of all time with these instructions from knifemaker Chris Amos.
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“All the Skin Was Ground Off” – 5 Knife Shop Horror Stories

Five knifemakers share their safety horror stories from their shops. Read about their mistakes so you don't have to learn the hard way.