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A Shawn Ellis knife features a fine four-bar twist damascus pattern and Sambar stag. (Caleb Royer image)

The Soft-Backed Blade

For maximum toughness without sacrificing edge performance, consider a soft-backed blade.
Curt Zimmerman’s 14.5-inch fighter features a san-mai blade of ball-bearing steel and an ancient walrus ivory handle. (SharpByCoop knife image)

San-Mai: Steel Trinity

The three-layer construction of san-mai results in sharp, durable, beautiful blades
Very popular in his home country of Slovakia, Jan Hafinec outfits his custom utility hunter in a five-inch blade of forged C105 carbon steel sporting a flashy double hamon. Handle: presentation desert iron wood. Guard and subhilt: stainless steel. Overall length: 10 inches. Sheath: by the maker and of leather. Maker’s price for a similar knife: $699. (Impress by Design image)

Right Tool For The Job

Knowing what makes a knife the best choice for the right type of game is important and can be the difference between a successful hunt and a poor one.

Knifemakers’ Key Equipment

Shop Dump: Top makers reveal the key equipment that helps them get the job done “Shop Dump” is a new BLADE® feature showcasing the special...

Stainless Damascus: Challenges In Forging

Stainless damascus knives look fantastic and resist rust in the process, but present the knifemaker with a host of challenges.

DIY Engraving Vise or Block

The bowling ball vise makes knife handle work easy and inexpensive As the old adage goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” but whoever thought...

Knifemaking: How to Make Temper Lines

Temper lines—aka hamons—are a very exciting part of knifemaking, and I would like to share with you how I produce cool temper lines on...
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