Our list of some of the best Knife Making books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
Simple Knife making Welcome to Simple Knife Making! I’m Nick, and I’ll be your guide as we jump into some of the basics of making your own knives. Before we get started, here’s a little bit about myself and how to get the most out of this book. I built my first knife over nine years ago. It was crude and extremely ugly, cut and ground from an old rusted butcher’s knife. That knife was a bit of a stepping stone for me, a pivotal moment in my life. I had always loved the idea of building things with my hands, of creating beautiful and functional works of art. Yet I always felt as if it was out of my reach. I couldn’t afford the right…
Anyone who has ever searched for good custom blades knows that they are hard to find. Stop wasting time looking for that perfect blade and The Complete Bladesmith will show you how to take a bar of steel and forge it into the blade of your dreams. This guide to smithing world-class blades is for the novice and experienced bladesmith alike. With this book you will be able to build your own forge, equip your workshop, choose your materials from the exotic to the mundane, and get to work. You’ll jump at the chance to heat the steel, bending,…
3. Step by Step Knifemaking: You Can Do It (2002)
A knife is the most basic tool, and the average adult uses a knife almost every day. Yet there are very few individually made knives in existence, and few people who know how to make knives. Step by Step Knifemaking, by master knifemaker David Boye, is widely regarded as the classic on the art of handcrafted knives. Thorough, clear, detailed instructions guide the reader through each step in how to make a knife. Generously illustrated with photos and drawings on most pages, this book reads like a one-on-one workshop with a thoughtful teacher. The reader is led to discover the spiritual connection between himself and his work, to develop…
4. Wayne Goddard’s $50 Knife Shop, Revised (2006)
“The most important ingredient for success with simple methods is to have a sincere desire to do.” ~Wayne Goddard There’s nothing better than spending time in the presence of an experienced knifemaker, except maybe, learning a few tricks of the trade. In this revised edition of Wayne Goddard’s $50 Knife Shop, Wayne walks you through creating a cost-effective shop of your own, and enhancing your knifemaking skills by getting back to the basics. The very book that changed the face of bladesmithing is revamped, with full color photo instructions and the tried-and-true format you will refer to for years to come. If you want to make…
5. Bladesmithing: Beginner + Intermediate + Advanced Guide to Bladesmithing: Knife Making Compendium for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Bladesmiths (2019)
Powerful bladesmithing techniques for beginner, intermediate and advanced knife makersDo you want to make your first knife but don’t know where to start?Does your pride in your bladesmithing skills motivate you to take them to the next level?Do you want buyers to come to buy your knives?Are you constantly inspired by popular bladesmithing TV shows, and want to improve and compare to the master bladesmiths present on them?I, Wes Sander, will share the secrets of creating knives and swords that are easy to make yet strong and sharp. Bladesmithing: A…
6. Pocketknife Making for Beginners (2011)
Make your own folding pocketknife with this easy-to-follow guide. Step by step, this instructional manual unfolds the secrets of constructing a slip joint folding knife, which is held open by spring force and friction. In addition to introducing different variations of this knife style, this guide presents the materials, tools, and technical design skills needed for the project. Diagrams clearly demonstrate the mechanics of your knife and the crucial elements needed to make a properly functioning pocketknife. Detailed step-by-step explanations move…
7. The Home Blacksmith: Tools, Techniques, and 40 Practical Projects for the Blacksmith Hobbyist (2016)
As more and more people join the do-it-yourself revolution, they are breathing new life into many time-honored skills and crafts. Blacksmithing is among the trades that are enjoying a resurgence for both practical and artistic uses, yet there is not an abundance of readily accessible information available to beginning blacksmiths to help them get started and understand the craft. Author Ryan Ridgway, a veterinarian and blacksmith with more than fifteen years of metalworking experience, hopes to fill that void with this comprehensive volume geared toward answering…
8. Bladesmithing: Beginner + Intermediate Guide to Bladesmithing: Bladesmithing Compendium for Beginners and Intermediate Level Knife Makers (Knife Making Mastery) (2019)
Powerful bladesmithing techniques for beginner and intermediate knife makersHave you ever felt like making a knife, and realized that reliable sources of information on bladesmithing were scarce and expensive? Have you joined all bladesmithing forums and scoured the internet for material, but still find yourself a little bit short on information?Do you want to take your bladesmithing skills to the next level? I, Wes Sander, will share the secrets of creating knives and swords that are easy to make yet strong and sharp. (Beginner’s Guide) (Intermediate…
9. Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions with the Legendary Harold Enlow (Fox Chapel Publishing) Detailed Lips, Eyes, Noses, and Hair to Add Expressive Life to Your Woodcarvings (2011)
Learn from Harold Enlow, one of America’s foremost caricature carvers: Follow along as the legendary Harold Enlow, a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America, teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression.Enlow shares his masterful woodcarving tips and techniques that make his carvings stand out in this information-packed book. You’ll learn to carve a female face, a cowboy face, a Native American face, a Santa face, and more. Best of all, you’ll discover Enlow’s secret to success: Learning how to render highly detailed eyes, lips, nose, hair, and ears before moving on to carving a complete face.Inside this…
This book provides everything you need to know to get a head start on becoming a blade smith. This book is heavily illustrated with over 250 full-color photographs. The text details every aspect of the craft and provides step-by-step instructions as well as teaches tricks of the trade that will make each build a little easier. The book is designed to not only explain each step but also visually depict the process. The book is written for the layman and details making a full tang ﬁxed blade knife by using the stock removal method, hand forging a hidden tang blade, and crafting a knife from a…
This advanced study of steel reveals forging secrets that for centuries have been protected by guilds. Never-before-seen instructions, diagrams and photos explain the tricks behind using Japanese mokume gane, differential heat treating, power hammers, and other techniques to make kukris, wavy blades, spears and swords that bear the master's mark….
Best Knife Making Books Worth Your Attention
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some knife making books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
A Modern Guide to Knifemaking: Step-by-Step Instruction for Forging Your Own Knife from Expert Bladesmiths, Including Making Your Own Handle, Sheath and Sharpening
Author(s): Laura Zerra
Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2018, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
A Modern Guide to Knifemaking: Step-by-step Instruction for Forging Your Own Knife from Expert Bladesmiths, Including Making Your Own Handle, Sheath and Sharpening
Author(s): Laura Zerra
Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2018, Size: 42 Mb, Download: pdf
How to Make Your Own Knives. Knife-making for the Home Hobbyist
Author(s): Jim Mayes
Publisher: Everest House, Year: 1978, Size: 82 Mb, Download: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.