Thursday, December 20, 2012

One page for all your knife making needs

Thank You for visiting the Knife Makers Edge 

One big page for all your knife making needs.  If you have a knife making link you would like me to add just post it in the comments and I will add it to the page.  I have also deleted a ton of links that are no longer in use.  

Bob Engnath Knife Patterns-Great PDF of every knife pattern you can think of plus it will inspire more patterns in you.


Forums and Groups

Knife and  making forums, groups, and chat rooms.


Armas Blancas (Translate this page or use Babelfish, Spanish to English)
BladeForums - Registration (no cost involved) required for some parts of the site.
Forgefr.com (Translate with Babelfish, French to English)
MesserForum (Translate this page  or use  Babelfish, German to English)

Yahoo groups:
CustomBladeSmiths · A Forum for Blade Smithing Knives
HowToSharpen Sharpening Discussion and Forum

Chat:
Knifemakers Chat Room - Hosted by Bruce Evans (JS) every Thursday 8 pm until ?


 Instructional Section

Anodizing:
Anodizing Aluminum by Ron Newman
Also see "Tools and Shop"  or "Multiple tutorial sites" for anodizer plans.
Bolsters/Guards:
Fitting Guards
Fitting the guard with simple tools.  (.pdf)
How-To Pin And Soldering Guards And Bolsters -- Part I 
How-To Pin And Soldering Guards And Bolsters -- Part II
How-To Pin And Soldering Guards And Bolsters -- Part III
Solder a guard by Bruce Evans
Soldering the way that seems to work for me by  BobVan Gelder

Solderless Guards by Terry Primos



also see "Soldering"

Buffing:

see "Finishes"

Carving, Engraving and Inlay:












Casting:



Casting pewter bolsters by Chuck Barrows 

Lost wax casting (Microsoft word document)


Engraving:

Etching:
Also see: Marking your blade
File work:
Also see Bruce Evans' site  for two more file working tutorials.  -
Filing:

Excellent File Guide $12.99

Finishes:
Also see the etching section above
Hand rubbing a blade by Bruce Evans

Fixed Blades:
Absolute Cheapskate Way to Start Making Knives  (.pdf download, requires logging in at  http://knifedogs.com/ - registration is free) Great tutorial using only hand tools  -





Greenpete's Knife Making pt1of4 - video of a knife made from a file using very basic methods (angle grinder, files, drill and fire) 


Greenpete's Knife Making pt2of4


Greenpete's Knife Making pt3of4 - read some discussion on the tempering technique.


Greenpete's Knife Making pt4of4


How I make a knife...  by LongRifle
How I make a Knife by Ray Rogers 
How_To_Build_A_Knife by Jim Small e-book (.pdf)  Right click and save as.
How to make a knife back yard style by Bossman  (photos missing)
How to make knives by ginsengavenger 



Kitchen knife tutorial by Lone Shepherd 

Knifemaking  (Japanese text) Translator (cut and paste the url; use the lower set of characters in the url drop down box for English)

Knifemaking  (Japanese text) Translator (cut and paste the url; use the lower set of characters in the url drop down box for English)





Make a "Po'boy Puukko" by Sylvrfalcn   (registration required, but no cost involved-






Making and throwing knives  (no detailed making information, but some nice designs)





Photos of the knife making process - Japanese page. no pertinent text, but nice photos of some knife making techniques.








Fobs and lanyards:
Non-snagging lanyard loop tutorial Registration (no cost involved) required
Folders:
Interesting pictorial of a lock back folder; design to finish  (I believe he made it entirely on a mill )
Japanese page that has some nice photos of  folding knife construction -Translator (cut and paste the url; use the lower set of characters in the url drop down box for English)
Liner lock folding knife by Ray Rogers
Liner lock tutorial by Filip De Coene, knifemaker
Forged knives and forging:
Basic Blacksmithing e-book (.pdf)
Blacksmithing techniques  – (Translate with Babelfish, French to English) use the “Cours” link
Contrasting steels by D. Fogg
Flint striker knife tutorial by Anvil Magazine
Forging a Small Drawknife site having troubles as of 1-22-2007
Forging the sword by D. Fogg
Forge welding by D. Fogg
Forge welding site having troubles as of 1-22-2007
How I Make Damascus Steel by Ariel Salaverria
Mosaics by D. Fogg
RR spike knife by J Hrisoulas
See more forging tutorials here and hereThere is even more forging info available on some of the multiple tutorial sites below.
Grinding:
Grinding a blade by Andrew Jordan
Grinding a Blade by Ariel Elias Salaverria
Grinding daggers by D. Fogg
Grinding jig by Filip De Coene, knifemaker
Grinding Recurved Blades  by Mark Terrell
Knife bevel grinding jig  (using an angle grinder) – Langdon Wilson, Knifemangler
Making fullers  by D. Fogg
Tapering Tangs by Robert Brown
Guards:
Hamon:
Handles:
Handle fitting by D. Fogg
How about making your own? another Scandi, this one by Glen Lewis
Japanese style handle wrapping  (Japanese text, but great photos) Translator (cut and paste the url; use the lower set of characters in the url drop down box for English)
Making a "Coke bottle" style handle (Framed handle) by Bruce Evans
Making a Nessmuk knife from Dale's blade  part 2                             (Top)
Micarta:
There are more handle tutorials in the "Multiple tutorial sites" section
Heat treating:
Inlay:
Lanyards:
Marking your blade:
Acid etching (decorative and logos):
Acid etching tutorial  (English text link at top left of the page)
Electro-etching logos:
Etch-O-Matic  (electro-chemical marking)
Stamps, gravers:
Mokume:
Making Mokume by J. Loose - (use the "Studio"  link)
Mokume Gane site having troubles as of 1-22-2007
mokume_gane - Yahoo group
Photography:
Pins:
Making mosaic pins - Mosaic pins & Precise pin setting by knives.com 
Mosaic pins by NorthCoast Knives
Peening Hollow Tubing Pins  by Mark Terrell
Polishing:
see "Finishes"
Sharpening:
Belt Sharpening Tutorial  by Mark Terrell
Sheaths:
Build a leather sheath   (Translate this page  or  use Babelfish, German to English)
How to carve leather by Ron Ross
Mexican Loop Style Sheath Tutorial by Wild Rose Trading Company
Soldering:
Solder a guard by Bruce Evans
Also see brazing and welding
Stone knives:
Swords:
Forging the sword by D. Fogg
Making a katana part 1 by Randal Graham 
Making a monosteel katana by R.H.Graham  - Registration (no cost involved) required
Making the Knot by D. Fogg
Making Shitodomi by D. Fogg
Making a tsuba by D. Fogg
Japanese style handle wrapping  (Japanese text, but great photos) Translator (cut and paste the url; use the lower set of characters in the url drop down box for English)
Japanese sheath making and more by John Tirado  (Shirasaya, Shitodome, Jumonji Shirasaya, Kogai, Tsuka  shitaji, Kozuka shitaji, Tsunagi, Koiguchi, Tanto Koshirae, Iaisaya, Ireko saya, Shinsaku Tsuba, Koshirae and Lacquer projects)
The Making of a Sword Nice pictorial
Testing:
ABS Performance Test - Journeyman Smith Applicant
ABS Performance Test - Master Smith Applicant
Brass Rod Test near the bottom of the page
"Evaluating A Custom Knife" by Darrel Ralph, courtesy of  www.knifeart.com
"Testing Blades" by Terry Primos, courtesy of  www.knifeart.com
Tips:


Multiple tutorial sites: _________________________________________________________________________







http://www.chriscrawfordknives.com/ - Tutorials by Chris Crawford



http://www.dfoggknives.com/craftof.htm - Information from Don Fogg

http://www.knives.com/ - from knives.com

http://www.kosterknives.com/tutorials.htm - Tutorials by Dan Koster
How to Make a Subhilt Fighter from a Chiruwa AK - Coming Soon!


http://www.macabeeknives.com   - Tutorials and info by Macabee Knives



http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials.htm - Knifemaking tutorials by NorthCoast Knives
Hidden tang                                                      



http://www.rayrogers.com/how.htm Tutorials and information by Ray Rogers








Fixed Blade Knife Tutorials:
Tang-Dynasty-Dao-1400-layer-sanmei-clay-ht-wip-Kevin-the-Professor-12-19-2012
Knife-2-wip-Daffy-12-15-2012
dagger-WIP-dienekis-12-08-2012
KDM-designed-by-HHH-Knives-WIP-SHOKR-11-19-2012
WIP-For-five-hunters-metal99-11-12-2012
Matchlock-Axe-Pistol-Bruce-Bump-6-12-2012
Begin December 2012 wips:
kerambit-wip-permafrost-11-18-2012
WIP-two-skinning-knives-AJH-knives-11-15-2012
4th-and-5th-knives-and-a-new-WIP-SHOKR-11-8-2012
Paring-knives-WIP-scott.livesey-10-26-2012
pattern-welded-damascus-hidden-tang-WIP-Lerman-10-7-2012
Kirinite-Pepper-Jade-bowie-WIP-Mark-Behnke-10-02-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Frame-handle-bowie-Brad-Lilly-10-17-2012
model-1-618-five-blades-batch-WIP-Lerman-10-17-2012
ZED-sword-WIP-BladedBonehead-10-10-2012
My-first-sword-a-Shikomizue-a-sword-cane-Martin-Schutte-10-09-2012
Begin October 2012 WIPS:
work-in-progress-with-Charles-Wu-17-pweld-dao-and-scabbard-Kevin-The-Professor-6-11-2012
WIP-Ring-guard-Bowie-Brad-Lilly-6-1-2012
Bump-Janik-Sub-Hilt-Steven-Janik-4-29-2012
Did-someone-say-Neo-Tribal-KITH-Josh-Dabney-4-8-2012
Hometown-Hero-build-Josh-Dabney-1-29-2012
Tribal-Short-sword-WIP-Benr.t-12-29-2011
Stick-Tang-Tutorial-Meridian-Blades-12-4-2011
Out-of-this-world!!!!-W-i-p-Randy-Haas-10-25-2011
Making-a-bush-sword-(part-of-it-at-least)-Stormcrow-9-1-2011
Melton-Knife-Design-wip-7-7-2011
Scandinavian-knife-WIP-ngraudal-2-19-2011
Janik-Military-Build-WIP-2-11-2011
Servicemember-Knife-build-Josh-Dabney-11-23-2010
Big-Smitty-Service-Member-Knife-Build-11-21-2010
Bull-Shark-M-WIP-Eastvilliageknives-10-17-2010
Janik-Bump-collaboration-W-I-P-Steven-Janik-9-6-2010
Winding-Feather-Fighter-Bruce-Bump-5-30-2010
Basic-Basket-Weave-Pattern-Bruce-Bump-2-12-2010
WIP-simple-fixed-blade-John-T-Wiley-Jr-2-7-2010
W's-from-Walla-Walla-Bruce-Bump-Feather-Damascus-Bowie-2-2-2010
How to Make Your First Knife-Stacy-Apelt-11-30-2009
Bruce Bump's Hidden Tangs-10-29-2009
Sub-Hilt-fund-raiser-WIP- Bruce-Bump-10-17-2009
Complete step-by step knife and sheath-M-Olexey-10-17-2009
The-Newell-45-cal-front-loader-Bruce-Bump-10-16-2009
A-simple-How-I-make-a-knife-tutorial-Jason-Fry-10-14-2009
Full-tang-handle-tutorial-Nikov-Knives-10-8-2009
Fixed Blade Tutorial-Ryan-Minchew-10-6-2009


Folding Knife Tutorials:
Begin December 2012 wips:
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Dual-Detent-Friction-Folder-paps-10-25-2012
Wip-devil-tongue-balisong-cardoso5fr-10-25-2012
Elmax-WIP-Cubane-10-16-2012
WIP-Liner-lock-from-my-own-design-BRad704-10-11-2012
Begin October 2012 WIP's:
Harness-Jack-WIP-K-R-Johnson-4-9-2012
Another-Slipjoint-Build-paps-2-19-2012
Bulldog-Framelock-Build-Cubane-7-19-2011
The-Strauss-Pirate-36-caliber-Bruce-Bump-7-1-2011
MDA-Slipjoint-WIP-J-S-Machine-6-23-2011
WIP-Straight-Razor-cardoso5fr-4-21-2011
Screw-Together-Slip-joint-tutorial-Chuck-Gedraitis-Knives-1-30-2011
BULLDOG-FRAME-LOCK-WIP-Mark-Behnke-1-29-2011
The-BULLDOG-WIP-by-Steve-Janik-1-22-2011
Texas-Toothpick-Slipjoint-WIP-Bill-Vining-1-20-2011
Friction-Folder-WIP-cardoso5fr-8-1-2010
No-pattern-slipjoint-tutorial-Jim-Moyer-7-21-2010
First-slip-joint-WIP-J-S-Machine-7-9-2010
Washers-in-a-Sodbuster-K-R-Johnson-6-27-2010
Swayback-Wharncliffe-Slipjoint-Bruce-Bump-6-12-2010
Tutorial-on-Folder-Kit-Modification-Steven-Janik-4-18-2010
Mini-Feather-Pattern-Slipjoint-Bruce-Bump-4-1-2010
Tortuga-pictoral-progression-Bruce-Bump-12-19-2009
Frame Lock-Tom-Anderson-12-11-2009
Mark-Behnke-Contest-Build-11-28-2009
Josh-Dabney-Contest-Build-11-28-2009
WIP-a-new-Flipper-Ed-Caffrey-MS-10-28-2009
Couple-of-slip-joint-WIP-Ryan-Minchew-9-13-2009


Handle Tutorials:
Begin December 2012 wips:
hidden-half-tang-handle-for-paring-knife-scott.livesey-11-8-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Frame-handle-bowie-WIP-Brad-Lilly-10-17-2012
Begin October 2012 Wip's:
superglue-handle-tutorial-prisonbreak-7-4-2012
Camo-Laminates-Taz575-7-2-2012
How-to-cut-and-process-a-fresh-burl-for-handle-blocks-Burl-Source-11-19-2011
Polyester Resin Impregnation-Ariel-Salavarria-10-11-2009Part 1Part 2-
Leather-Lanyard-Tutorial-cardoso5fr-3-26-2011
Super-Glue-Finish-Mike-Jones-11-28-2010
Full-tang-bolster-assembly-Maxcutter03-6-6-2010
Take-Down-Knife-WIP-Billy-Helton-2-8-2010
No-Weld Butt Cap-Mike-Carter-12-20-2009
Bolster Pins that Don't Show-BossDog-12-20-2009
Antique Your Brass-Mike-Carter-12-20-2009
Shield-Inlay-s-Tutorial-BossDog-11-29-2009
Step-by-Step-Guide-to-finishing-Burl-amp-Figured-Wood-Handles-Burl-Source-11-6-2009
How-to-fill-filework-Geoff-Bosworth-11-4-2009
Scalloped Bolster Inlays-Steven-Janik-10-19-2009
Handle Texturing-Bill-Coye-10-10-2009
Fixed Blade Handle-Ryan-Minchew-10-6-2009
Making Denim Micarta-JAWilliams-10-5-2009
Layering Handles-Fiddleback-10-5-2009
Acid Treatment for Curly Maple-Meriian-Blades-9-14-2009


Skill Building Tutorials:
Feather-pattern-billet-WIP-Fred-Rowe-12-12-2012
Shield-Inlay-Tutorial-K-R-Johnson-12-9-2012
Begin December 2012 wips:
Milling-a-shoulder-for-a-guard-oldknife-11-30-2012
Making-an-oval-guard-VIDEO-Mike-Carter-11-18-2012
Etching-Damascus-VIDEO-Mike-Carter-11-18-2012
A-tomahawk-Camp-axe-with-Curly-Ash-WIP-Kentucky-11-11-2012
Making-my-denim-blue-jean-"MikeCarta"-Mike-Carter-11-10-2012
Making-my-red-black-twist-"-MikeCarta-" -Mike-Carter-11-10-2012
Million-layer-billet-WIP-Randy-Haas-&-JR-11-6-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Straightening-Warped-Blades-Post-Heat-Treat-ARCustomKnives-10-18-2012
Continental-Seax-from-Bloom-Steel-ZebDeming-10-13-2012
Begin October 2012 Wip's:
Trade-Axe-tutorial-(The-way-they-use-to-do-it-no-electricity)-Kentucky-3-26-2011
Forging-Poll-bearded-Axe-(pics)-Kentucky-3-26-2011
Damascus-Tile-method-from-crushed-Ws-and-fighter-build-Bruce-Bump-3-24-2011
Soldering-Slipjoint-Bolsters-Bill-Vining-1-12-2011
Basket-Weave-Damascus-in-a-Canister-Bruce-Bump-12-12-2010
Grinding-nail-nicks-Craig-7-11-2010
How-to-deburr-drilled-holes-Erinie-Swanson-5-4-2010
Knife-finishes-and-coatings-Ernie-Swanson-2-18-2010
Know your Knives-Ernie-Swanson-1-9-2010
My-Tutorial-on-Anodizing-Titanium-Tom-Anderson-12-11-2009
Belt-Sander-sharpening-vid-Twinblade-11-12-2009
Horseshoe filework-Geoff-Bosworth-11-4-2009
How to fill filework-Geoff-Bosworth-11-4-2009
Forging a Bowie-Robert-Dark-10-15-2009
Fixed-Blade-Tutorial-Ryan-Minchew-10-6-2009
File Work Guides-link-10-4-2009
Knife 101 Website-Link-10-3-2009
Hamon with LOTS of pics-Stephan-Fowler-9-29-2009
Tips-and-Tricks-for-hand-Sanding-Rusty-McDonald-9-19-2009
Tapering Tangs John Barker-8-25-2009

Sheath Tutorials:
Leather-Carving-WIP-Josh-Dabney-12-5-2012
Bagwell-Button-nickle-silver-hard-soldered-Mark-Behnke-12-1-2012
Begin December 2012 wips:
WIP-Traditional-style-sheath-Jim-Coffee-11-23-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Leather-Sheath-Making-WIP-Mike-Fennessy-10-24-2012
Begin October 2012 Wips:
How-to-Kydex-Bits-tools-and-Making-Videos-by-me-FGYT-2-29-2012
Kydex-Sheath-Tutorial-4-part-video-46-minutes-BossDog-10-20-2010
Nickel-Silver-sheath-WIP-Mark-Behnke-5-4-2010
Rawhide Sheath-John-Cohea-10-4-2009
Nickel Silver Sheath-John-Cohea-10-4-2009
Inlays and Lacing-DC-knives-10-4-2009
Kydex Press/Kydex Sheaths-BossDog-10-3-2009
Fiber-glass-sheath-pics-Bruce-Bump-8-28-2009

Tool Making & Modifying Tutorials:
Grinder-in-progress-KenH-12-3-2012
Flat-Sanding-base-WIP-Erratus-Animus-12-3-2012
Begin December 2012 wips:
WIP-Grinder-build-Brad-Lilly-11-5-2012
Vertical-Gas-Heat-Treat-Furnace-WIP-DonL-10-16-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
sharpening-stone-holding-fixture-scott.livesey-10-26-2010
Tapered-Tang-Handle-Drilling-Jig-Mark-Behnke-10-20-2012
How-to-make-a-center-scribe-ARCustomKnives-10-20-2012
Miter-to-vertical-band-saw-conversion-Lerman-10-14-2012
Handle-Broaches-with-simple-tools-WIP-Josh-Dabney-10-9-2012
Begin October 2012 Wips:
foot-switch-with-kb-VFD-drives-Wayne-Coe-8-3-2012
DRO-install-WIP-Josh-Dabney-7-12-2012
How-to-convert-a-kiln-from-manual-to-digital-B-Shafer-3-20-2012
Build-A-Gas-Forge-Wayne-Coe-12-4-2011
Heat-treat-oven-How-to-design-and-calculate-the-heating-elements-rolynd-10-29-2011
Craftsman-2x42-to-2x72-Conversion-jaysmith10-12-22-2010
Edge-grinder-attachment-for-Burr-King-J.Doyle-12-18-2010
Another-Surface-Grinder-Belt-Conversion-Tim-Musselman-10-31-2010
MAP-Arm-Modification-Tim-Musselman-9-18-2010
Kydex-Press-My-Way-mosto-7-13-2010
Knife-Scribe-zzknives-6-4-2010
Fixing-Belt-Wobble-Wayne-Coe-4-29-2010
Micarta-press-tutorial-LR-Adkins-4-20-2010
Surface-grinder-belt-conversion-Cliff-Fendley-4-11-2010
Converting-a-surface-grinder-to-Belts-EdCaffreyMS-4-6-2010
Flat-grinding-jig-that-works-JDW-1-28-2010
DIY Disc Grinder-Mike-Jones-1-20-2010
Lining a Forge and Building a 2-Stage Controller-silver-pilate-1-10-2010
Edge Scribe-Link-12-12-2009
Grinding Magnet-Mike-Jones-11-7-2009
Knifemaker's Vise-Mike-Barton-10-17-2009
Mini Hydraulic Press-Link-10-6-2009
Air Hammer-Link-10-5-2009
Stitching Pony-Link-10-4-2009
Vacuum Pot-Meridian-Blades-10-4-2009
Gas Forge-Indian-George-10-4-2009
Cheapest Air Filter-BossDog-9-26-2009

Inlaying, Engraving, Etching:
Begin December 2012 wips:
Begin November 2012 Wips:
WIP-Chuck-Stapel-Knife-Handle-carving-Knifecarver-10-24-2012
Begin October 2012 Wips:
WIP-Dragon-Horimono-on-Bubba-San-Kiridashi-Knifecarver-8-14-2012
Shields Inlays Tutorial-BossDog-11-29-2009
Silver Wire Inlaying-Link-11-6-2009
Simple Acid Logo Etching-jkf96a-10-17-2009
Blade Inlaying-Link-10-15-2009


Other Tutorials:
Begin December 2012 wips:
Necker-Destruction-Testing-Jason-Wilder-11-29-2012
Begin November 2012 Wips:
Scraps-from-the-Master-s-Table-Pen-Turning-Pictoral-Roger-T-10-23-2012
Begin October 2012 Wips:
Acid-Etching-A-cool-blade-mod-Scott-M-2-13-2012
blade-grind-calculator-Link-2-16-2011
Photoshop-knife-designing-Links-11-5-2010
Etching-a-stencil-my-way-Pics-heavy-mosto-7-7-2010
How-to-design-a-knife-with-Photoshop-Mike-Carter-5-8-2010
Light-Tent-Better-light-Better-pictures-Better-money-BossDog-4-17-2010
Top-9-Keys-to-Great-Knife-Photos-Travis-Fry-2-14-2010
Basic-Basket-Weave-Pattern-Bruce-Bump-2-10-2010
Camera Settings for Best Pics-Ernie-Swanson-1-9-2010
More Camera Info-Ernie-1-4-2010
Phase Converter-Billy-Helton-12-20-2009
Setting Up a Websitecjwest-10-24-2009
More Website Help-cjwest-10-24-2009
Messing with Balis-1974Logan-10-16-2009






Books


Knife Making Books:

How to Make Knives:
http://books.google.com/books?id=zAJ...ng&lr=#PPP1,M1

Custom Knife Making:
http://books.google.com/books?id=GZq...q=knife+making

Blades Guide to Making Knives:
http://books.google.com/books?id=muA...e+knife+making

The Wonder of Knife Making, By Wayne Goddard:
http://books.google.com/books?id=lrc...making#PPP1,M1

How to Make Folding Knives:http://books.google.com/books?id=kBp...+making&pgis=1

The $50 Knife Shop, by Wayne Goddard:
http://books.google.com/books?id=4ne...ng&lr=#PPA2,M1

Art of the Knife:
http://books.google.com/books?id=xMd...&lr=#PPA127,M1

Knives 2008:
http://books.google.com/books?id=YMy...ng&lr=#PPP1,M1


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Swords and Sword Making Books:

The Encyclopedia of the Sword:
http://books.google.com/books?id=TyJ...e+Smithing&lr=

The Craft of the Japanese Sword:
http://books.google.com/books?id=CGZ...e+Smithing&lr=

The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords:
http://books.google.com/books?id=zPy...&dq=mokume&lr=

The New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths:
http://books.google.com/books?id=BWy...&dq=mokume&lr=


If you have any other links not listed here on the subject of knife making or bladesmithing send my a message and I will add it as soon as possible