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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
In his version of frame handle construction, bladesmith Salem Straub used a threaded fastener in an internal slot in the frame to mechanically lock all the parts together tightly. The handle material is relieved on the inside to accommodate the fastener. (Salem Straub image)

Hall-Of-Frame Handles

Frame handles remain just as useful in making a knife today as it was centuries ago.
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.
Jim Sornberger is recognized as an authority on original San Francisco knives, as well as the magnificent gold quartz that was used so well by Gold Rush artisans. His reproduction folder includes a damascus blade, copious engraving and some of the aforementioned gold quartz. (Jim Sornberger image)

Heirlooms Of Time

Many top knifemakers are keeping historic styles and methods of making knives alive today.
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Knifemaking: How To Build A Railroad Spike Jig

Building a railroad spike jig takes time but is worth the effort.
Forge Beveling

How To: Forge Beveling & Blade Tipping

Forge beveling & blade tipping are necessary skills for any fledgling knifesmith to learn. Paul White teaches you how in his new book.
John Horrigan (right) visited with his twin brother Bob (left) at the BLADE Show two years before Bob was killed in action. Bob told John, “I’m coming back to God.” “At the time, I just said, “Great!’” John recalled, “but when he was killed, God was what got me through it.”

Bob & John Horrigan: Brothers In Arms And Blades

John & Bob Horrigan served their country together. Now, John honors his late brother by continuing their passion for knifemaking.

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