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The Hamon: What, Where, Why and How

To those who appreciate the tempered steel of a Japanese sword, the hamon is visual evidence of the maker’s effort to produce the finest blade work.

8 Well-Made Knife Guards

Constantly on the lookout for something that will make their knives better and stand out at the same time, many of today’s custom makers...

4 Carbon Cutters: Steel With An Old School Feel

Carbon steel knives continue to be among the top factory performers. High-performance stainless steels—CPM S30V, S35VN, S90V and 20CV, along with CPM 154, M390 and...

Intermediate Forging: Blending the Old with the New

BY LIN RHEA ABS MASTER SMITH Blending the old with the new sometimes can yield notable results. It’s been said there’s nothing new under the sun....
Play Dough Billets

Using Children’s Modeling Clay to Design Mosaic Damascus

Children's modeling clay, such as Play-Doh, can make for a neat shortcut when designing mosaic damscus. This trick can save a lot of time and money.
Tips for making knives

How to Make Mokume

Mokume (or mokume-gane) is made by layering different metals into a stack and then forging the stack into a billet. It's similar to damascus.
Knife Shop

11 Tips For Starting a Knife Shop at Home

Start making knives at home in your garage or shop with these 11 tips from a HEPK master smith.
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