Combining the expertise of seven of the best knifemakers in the world, BLADE's Guide to Making Knives is a useful how-to book for knifemakers and blade enthusiasts.
This book contains seven lengthy articles that are copiously illustrated with 250 fine full color photos on glossy paper stock. The subjects covered are:
"It's High Time to Fashion a High-Tech Folder" by Allen Elishewitz
"Making the Everyday Working Knife" by Wayne Goddard
"His Forge Burns Hot for Mosaic Damascus" by Rick Dunkerley
"Dedicated to the Study of Sword Making" by Don Fogg
"Building the Bolsters of Alchemy" by John Lewis Jensen
"Methods of Tomahawk Making are Timeless" by Joe Szilaski
"The Art and Science of Blade Grinding" by R.J. Martin
Each of these articles is about a particular aspect of knifemaking: making a linerlock-style folding knife, a simple hunting knife, mosaic damascus steel, forging a sword blade, making a complex bolster for a folding knife, forging a tomahawk, and grinding a knife blade properly. With detailed instructions and 250 striking color illustrations, this is an outstanding resource.
Reviewed by KNIFE WORLD Staff
This new knifemaking book from the publishers of Blade magazine is a bit different than the norm, containing articles by seven makers on seven quite different knifemaking subjects. It could be called a sampling of methods for crafting everything from basic fixed blades to hi-tech folders, art knives, swords and tomahawks. The subjects include:
• “It’s High Time to Fashion a High-Tech Folder” by Allen Elishewitz. An overview of how the popular craftsman builds his linerlock-style folders, with plenty of useful details.
• “Making the Everyday Working Knife” by Wayne Goddard. A great article that covers the fixed blade knife from design to finishing, in the no-nonsense “do-it-yourself” style that Goddard’s many fans are familiar with.
• “His Forge Burns Hot for Mosaic Damascus” by Rick Dunkerley. This piece contains a detailed explanation of how mosaic damascus steel blades are created by the best in the business. It’s probably not possible to really teach someone how damascus is made in a couple of thousand words, but this superb article comes as close as anything I’ve seen.
• “Dedicated to the Study of Sword Making” by Don Fogg. This modern master’s contribution leads the reader through the making of a full-size sword blade, bypassing the basics of forging knives to concentrate on the specific complications encountered with something longer.
• “Building the Bolsters of Alchemy” by John Lewis Jensen is an intensely detailed article on how the author crafts complex bolsters for one of his artistic creations.
• “Methods of Tomahawk Making are Timeless” by Joe Szilaski. This master craftsman takes us through the making of a damascus pipe tomahawk, a subject that should appeal to knifemakers interested in new challenges.
• “The Art and Science of Blade Grinding” by R.J. Martin concludes the book with a demonstration of both flat and hollow grinding by way of a Japanese-style chisel ground knife and a double hollow ground utility knife with tapered tang. “Sharp by Coop’s” photography does much to clarify a difficult-to-describe subject, making this piece a very useful one for makers who’ve not yet mastered the fine art of grinding.
Altogether, it’s a lineup of subjects that offers something for everyone, and the more than 250 full color photos are some of the best I’ve ever seen on knifemaking. A worthwhile addition to the bookshelves of knifemakers, wannabes, and the otherwise curious.
Blade's Guide to Making Knives
edited by Joe Kertzman
Softcover, 160 pp.