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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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How The Pros Coat Their Knife Blades

ESEE knives receive the Textured Powder Coat at Rowen Mfg. (Rowen Mfg. photo)      A coated blade offers protection, non-glare and striking looks. For those who serve in the military, preserve the peace through law...

FROZEN SHARP! Cryogenically Treated Blades

Cryogenic quenching may be performed on a single blade or hundreds at a time. Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Paul Bos said he may do a single blade or put a large quantity in...
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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.

Build a Knife From The Latest Knife Kits

Knife kits have helped launch more than a few of the careers of today’s custom knifemakers, and have been well-documented in BLADE® (www.blademag.com) and elsewhere. The competition among knife kit companies continues to be...
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Why is CPM-154 So Popular with Custom Knifemakers?

CPM-154 stainless steel continues to dominate the custom knifemaking scene. What makes it so appealing? Two knifemakers offer their reasons for this hot pick.
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What is MokuTi Damascus?

Chad Nichols created a type of damascus steel called MokuTi that combines mokume with titanium. Learn why so many custom knifemakers can't wait to use it.

Best method to stabilize wood handles?

This helpful conversation is excerpted from a thread on a previous version of blademag.com. It's posted here for reference. Bear Goode: What is your preferd method of stabilizing wood for handle's & or sheaths? Dallas Dreger: 2 methods...