Knifemaking Books - My Recommendations
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The Japanese Sword,
Kanzan Sato Japanese Arts Library
A wonderful book that outlines the history and construction of the swords. It features
many of the treasure blades in clear photographs.
Arts of the Japanese Sword, B.W. Robinson Faber and Faber,
book details the development of the sword and gives a brief history of the various schools
that developed. It also features excellent photographs and useful appendices.
The Craft of the Japanese Sword,
Yoshindo Yoshihara Kodansha International, Tokyo and New York
A detailed account of the craft and making of Japanese swords and fittings. This is an
excellent book by one of the leading smiths in Japan.
Connoissuer's Book of Japanese Swords, by Kokan Nagayama
This book is definitely for collectors, it has a history of the sword and its development
and detailed drawings of the temper lines from the various schools and smiths. Lots of
technical information about swords.
Knives 2008 If you are interested in making, collecting or looking up information about the custom knife world this is the best desk reference there is. It features articles on current
trends, history of knives, lots of photos of the years best knives plus a complete index
of makers, organizations, dealers, suppliers plus lots more. It is annual. Back issues are
especially handy for tracking the development of the craft. Get it.
Points of Interest by Jim Weyer, Weyer International
Points of Interest Book II by Jim Weyer, Weyer International
Points of Interest Book III by Jim Weyer, Weyer International
Points of Interest Book IV by Jim Weyer, Weyer International
These four books, Knives: Points of Interest, are a
wonderful resource and record of custom knifemaking over the past twenty five years. Jim
Weyer is a nationally known photographer and the photographs are of exceptional quality. I
recommend these books for both the maker and collector of fine knives. For the maker, it
is an idea book with thousands of examples of style, technique and inspirational
craftsmanship. For the collector, they give a historical record of the development of the
craft and document the work of the significant makers. These books are on sale now at
Step By Step
Knifemaking: You Can Do It! by David Boye
This book has been out for years, but it contains some really useful and interesting ideas
for making knives. I recommend it for the heat treating and scrap steel section alone.
How to Make Knives by Richard Barney and Robert W. Loveless
Good book with lots of useful information, covers handle construction, tools and tips.
How to Make
Folding Knives: A Step by Step How to, by Ron Lake, Frank
and Wayne Clay and
How to Make Multi-Blade Folding Knives by Eugene Shadley and Terry Davis
Master folder makers show how they make their knives in detail. Good book for reference.
Knifemaking: 10 Projects From a Master Craftsman, by Tim McCreight
Tim McCreight's books are made for the shop with lots of tips and techniques.
Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way to Perfection by Jim Hrisoulas
Welded Blade by Jim Hrisoulas
Bladesmith: Advanced Studies in Steel by Jim Hrisoulas
Dr. Jim Hrisoulas has written this series of books on bladesmithing and they contain lots
of useful information. There is some repetition in the books, but I can recommend them as
a good place to start.
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100 Legendary Knives
Text and photographs by Gerrard Pacella. 144 pages with 300+ color photos. Hardcover. Trace the evolution of knives from ancient times to the military combat models and general use models of today. Glossary of common knife making terms.
by David Boye. 274 page paperback. Widely regarded as a classic work on the art of handcrafted knives. Illustrated.
Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop
Provides the details needed to setup a backyard knife shop and start turning out great blades. 160 page paperback.
2005 Sporting Knives
Edited by Joe Kertzman. 4th Edition. 256 page paperback. Illustrated guide offers comprehensive coverage of commercial sporting knives including folders, pocket, gents, military, swords, multi-tools, fixed blades and more. Features the latest reports...
Price Guide to Collector Knives
14th edition by C. Houston Price. Updated pricing for over 13,000 listings. An essential sourcebook offering reliable information on knives from all major manufacturers. Paperback.
The Wonder of Knifemaking
by Wayne Goddard. A compilation of Goddard's columns and advice, as it appeared in Blade Magazine over the past several years. 157 pages paperback. Illustrated.
How to Make Folding Knives
by Ron Lake, Wayne Clay and Frank Centofante. 192 pages.
The Complete Book of Pocketknife Repair. by Ben Kelley, Jr. 130 pages.
Full Color Catalog 2006
The ONLY Knife Book You'll Ever Need!We're so sure you'll love our 2006 catalog, that we'll ship it to you for free! Browse through over 13,000 priced to sell items and over 200 brand names on 800 full color pages.Click Here for current Price List.He...
Knife Throwing Guide 2nd Edition
Completely revised and updated with guide for throwing from any distance, choosing knives and building targets. From beginner to professional. 64 pages in full color. Edited by C. Houston Price.