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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Keys To The Best Elk Antler Handles

After cutting the antler section to size, cut it in half lengthwise to form slabs. Mark the centerline using masking tape along the antler’s top, bottom and ends. (photo courtesy of Joe Szilaski)      By...

Silver Wire Inlays: The Keeslar Method

by Joe Keeslar Silver wire inlay is one of several forms of embellishment—along with scrimshaw, decorative filework, metal engraving and carving—used on knife handles. For me, none of these decorative enhancements should replace what the...
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Reality Check: 8 Brutally Honest Tips For New Knifemakers

New knifemakers: You need to read these tips. It's time to get your head on straight so you don't fail before you even get started.
Laura Zerra knifemaker

10 Knifemaking Questions with Naked & Afraid’s Laura Zerra

Laura Zerra is best known for her appearance on Discovery Channel's "Naked & Afraid," but she is also an accomplished knifemaker with a new book on the way. Read the BLADE interview here.

How to Make Better Bolsters

by John Lewis Jensen First Steps Toward a Beauty of a Bolster Because my work is so complicated, my first step is to draw and refine everything on paper, working out all of the issues in...
Knife used in last Rambo movie

Make It Crude: How Gil Hibben Created the Rambo IV Knife

The knife featured in the fourth Rambo film is a drastic departure from the other three. Here's why the design took such a dramatic U-turn.
Green bone is a traditional favorite and the Remington Bullet 200th anniversary R11035 jackknife employs it along with blades of 440A stainless. Weight: 3.2 ounces. Closed length: 3.5 inches. Made in a limited edition of 5,000, it has an MSRP of $115.99. (Bear & Son image)

Bone Handle Knives: Bone in the USA!

Bone handle knives are good to the bone, including some of the latest blades made today.