BLADE's Guide to Making Knives

BLADE's Guide to Making Knives

Joe Kertzman

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1440228558

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Learn the Secrets of Knifemaking From the Masters of the Trade With an all-star cast of renowned knifemakers, BLADE's Guide To Making Knives 2nd Edition brings you the most up-to-date, inside information available on fashioning edged implements. In this full-color, meticulously illustrated volume: John Lewis Jensen, designer and fabricator of one-of-a-kind ornamental edged weaponry, presents a step-by-step guide to creating your own art knife in "Desk Daggers: A Limited Edition Jensen Knives Trio" Tim Zowada, forger of damascus and smelted steel, reveals his trade secrets and methods in "Making the Using Knife" Allen Elishewitz lends his knowledge and know-how in "Making Patterns and Using a Pantograph" for those in the design stages of fashioning fine knives. Don Fogg, arguably one of the best sword makers on the planet, shares his expertise in "Forging Steel from Raw Materials" Vince Evans, crafter of Scottish dirks, Viking swords, Central Asian weaponry and other exotic and historical pieces, reveals his methods for "Making and Carving a Scottish Dirk" Rick Dunkerley, known for his mosaic-damascus masterpieces, opens his world of knowledge in "Building a Damascus Locking-Liner Folder" Kevin Hoffman unlocks the mysteries of "Lost Wax Casting for Guards & Pommels" illustrating each and every step of this tedious yet rewarding process. It's All Here! Forging Grinding Heat Treating Etching Polishing Sharpening Blades Guards Pommels Bolsters Handles Sheaths Whether your interest in making knives is new or you've been crafting blades for years, BLADE's Guide to Making Knives 2nd Edition arms you with knowledge to help you reap the rewards of a fruitful and fulfilling knifemaking hobby or career.

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blade thickness down. Starting with a 60 grit belt, the ricasso area is ground down to about 0.005 inches oversize. Special attention is given to comparing the thickness at the top and bottom of the ricasso. Be sure the thickness is within 0.002 When flattening the ricasso and cleaning up the blade taper, be careful to keep your fingers away from the top wheel on the platen. W5865_Ch2pgs040-065.indd 47 inches. It will make fitting the guard or spacer much easier later. During this step, the taper

as it cools from 430F to room temperature. Interrupting the quench at 430F does some wonderful things. As the blade soaks at 430F, the temperature equalizes throughout the blade. The edge, back and tang are all the same temperature. Then, as the blade cools from 430F down to room tem- The blades will be in the liquid nitrogen for one hour. perature in air, it will do it slowly and evenly. This gives a hardened martensite structure with very low internal stress. The resulting blade will have 20

of the doughnut. This produced the round hole of the size I needed and I slowly inserted the cutter in the G-10 until it was all the way through. W5865_Ch3pgs066-085a.indd 73 1/24/12 8:16 AM The final result: a 1/4-inch pin slips snuggly in the holes. 74 Blade’s Guide to Making Knives Counter-bore the back side of the G-10 fixture to insert precision shoulder bolts and glue them in place. After the glue is hardened, place the fixture back on the pantograph and mount liners onto it. At this

the tang not to be tempered. Once you have fitted your blade to your rough- Filing the tang hole. turned grip you can begin to shape the cross section of your grip. Be sure to secure your blade to your grip with a temporary nut on the pommel end. I use a combination of a belt grinder, files and chisels for shaping the wood. You will notice in the accompanying side-view picture that the haunches are flat, kind of like wings. Use a file to cut down the wood until the flat of the haunches extends

do it before assembly. It’s elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. He is an time to rivet my tang extension in place, mix my Adjunct Professor at Armstrong Atlantic State Uni- epoxy and assemble all the parts. After the epoxy versity in the Department of Art, Music & Theatre, has set I’ve gone back to my grinder to smooth where he teaches Art Appreciation, 3-D Design and out all my transitions, guard to handle, handle Jewelry & Enameling. to pommel, to an 800-grit finish before doing

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