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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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Strange Blade Brews

Darrel Ralph outfits his assisted-opening DDR Gun Hammer 3-D Alpha in a 3.95-inch blade of stainless damascus with a Stellite 6K core by Chad Nichols. The frame is Nichols 3-D-carved Moku-Ti titanium damascus. Ralph’s...

Knives, Knifemakers, Tips On Knife Collecting Today and Tomorrow

Great knives, knifemakers, tips on knife collecting and much more are in the offing at venues across the country and abroad today and tomorrow, April 28-29.     The Solvang Custom Knife Show is in Solvang,...

Ask BLADE®: Japanese-Style Heat Treatment

A tanto is plunged into the water during the hadaka-yaki process—yaki-ire, or heat treating, with no clay coating on the blade. (Yoshikazu Yoshihara photo) Reader questions BLADE® story description of Japanese-style heat treatment By BLADE staff      ...

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...

Here’s a Fun Video To Watch of Knifemaker Bob Neal

This is a great video of Kentucky knifemaker Bob Neal in action. I think you'll enjoy it: http://www.wtvq.com/content/kybackroads/story/Meet-Custom-Knife-Maker-Bob-Neal-Along-Kentuckys/fMRZjgubUkyzQQYC1EcjfQ.cspx

A Revolution in Slip-Joint Construction

Unlike the traditional pocketknife in which the backspring rises and falls when the blade is opened and closed, the backbar of Tom Ferry’s model equipped with the Everflush Spring (top) remains flush when the...

Knifemaker: A New Role for Johnny Strong

As with all Johnny Strong knives, the Urban Assassins (top photo) are flat ground from CPM-S35V stainless and heat treated by Paul Bos Heat Treating. Overall lengths: 11.5 inches. (Katie Summers photo) Johnny Strong’s...

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