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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...

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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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.

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...
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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.
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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.