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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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.

4 Steps to Perfect Freehand Sharpening

    1) Select a Sharpener Invest in a good bench stone. You have the natural ones like the Arkansas stones and the manmade ones such as the Norton India stone. There are also the diamond-bonded stones...

Knifemaking: How to Get a Mirror Polish?

This thread is from a previous version of Here's a question from a BLADE reader: I've been having trouble getting a mirror finish on my blades, whether it be carbon or stainless. I can get...
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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 101: What Is SM-100 (Nitinol)?

The short answer is Nitinol, but that's not why knifemakers and collectors are so interested in it.

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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7 Keys To Top Knife Handles

Know the keys to the best handle design to enhance your knife's performance and safe use. Following are seven: 1) According to ABS journeyman smith Dan Farr, the size of your hand is a key...