Working on a knifemaking book

The whole book writing process is arduous yet enjoyable. There is a whole spectrum of things when it comes to writing a book, particularly a how-to book. Nowadays you have to wear a lot of hats. And I love that. With a how to book you have to be a writer, of course. And you have to be a photographer so you can clearly express the process. And you have to be a crafter with the skill required to write that book. This book is a knife making book so I got everything covered and am loving it.

I am at the point here where I lay most of the book out on a wall so I can get a good feel for the visual images and what needs work/replacing. It’s an efficient and creative way to see the book as a whole.

Anyway, I have made a whole bunch of knives and now I am putting it all together into a book. It is a book for beginners which I love to do. It feels like I am introducing a person to something totally new and different. Which I guess I am.

And of course, I needed more pictures so I am right in the middle of a new knife which is fun.

The knife has been shaped. Now it’s create the handle then heat treat it.

A big focus for me with this book is simplicity. Often times knife making books assume you have all kinds of tools, a forge, an anvil, a variety of power tools and a well stocked workshop. This book is all about keeping it simple and using just some basic hand tools to make some reallly excellent knives.

I will keep you posted on the progress of the book. I already have a publisher interested so keep our fingers crossed that they pick it up. Meanwhile I will continue to develop it as the best book I can write!

The Latest Knife forged up – A Subhilt Knife








I wasn’t aware of this particular type of knife but ran across it while watching a movie. And my interest was piqued. It is called a subhilt knife and it has an extra guard on it.  That extra guard is a sort of finger lock. When you hold the knife you put your index finger in between those two guards. this prevents the knife from being pulled out of your hand.  This next picture gives you an idea of that concept. I am not holding the knife firmly but the grip I have here gives you an idea of how you would have your index finger in there.









It is an interesting knife and something I have never made before. And it did pose some new blacksmithing challenges for me. In particular the addition of that sub hilt was a bit of a riddle. But it was a whole lot of fun figuring out how to do it.  If you are interested in learning how to make a knife like this I have a complete video tutorial on my youtube channel here: How to Make a Subhilt knife. 

And here is one more picture of the knife. This is during the build process. The knife is nowhere near done here but this picture gives you a bit of an idea on how this knife is made.


Forging up a Karambit Knife

A karambit is a peculiar type of knife with its own fighting style. It is a very curved knife with no point for sticking. So it is a wholly slashing weapon. Pretty nasty yet pretty beautiful. And it is made to hold in more than one way. The ring on the end of it is for either your index finger or your pinky finger. Thus you hold it either  up or down.

I will be finishing this knife soon and posting a video and more about the process. Here is a look at it pre-forging and pre polishing: