|This is the first knifemaking
book that I bought and read. It is a long-standing classic and
probably one of the first published on the topic. This is the
June 2000 revised edition, but the original book has been around at
least twenty years longer than that. Even though some of Boye's
methods are outdated, his writing is inspirational and will make you
want to make your own knife. Just as the title states, he
provides a step-by-step method of making a knife. Due to
the use of only minimal shop equipment, this is an
excellent book for the beginner. As your skills progress you will
then want to move to other books and attempt more modern methods using
specialized knifemaking tools. You would do well to start here,
though. If you follow Boyes's step-by-step directions, you can
indeed make your own knife!
| Though not as well organized as
Boye's book, this work is filled with interesting and useful insights
from a well-respected knifemaker who has been in the business for
several decades. Goddard's emphasis is on getting started in
knifemaking without spending a fortune in knifemaking equipment.
His discussions on scrounging and fabricating tools are as valuable as
his insights on making knives. While most other books concentrate
only on making knives by the stock removal method, Goddard covers both
stock removal and forging.
|McCreight presents ten projects
layed out by level of difficulty. In the beginning his aim is to
help the beginning knifemaker to successfully complete that first
knife. By the end, he presents more advanced projects. This
book does not cover basic metallurgy or the physics of knifemaking, but
those topics are well covered in more advanced texts. The aim of
this book is to present the mechanics of actually making the
knife. Once you get hooked on this hobby, you will surely want to
learn more of those topics, but this is a good place to start.
| This book is a classic on the
topic of knifemaking. Robert Loveless is one of the most
recognized names in knifemaking and is one of the people responsible
for the resurgence of the craft in popularity. The art of making
knives almost completely died out in the 1960s and early 70s until
Loveless and a handful of others came to national prominance and began
to teach others and promote the craft. Though the quality of
photos is poor, this book is a timeless classic which should be
included in every knifemaker's library.
|This book by Wayne Goddard is
more of a reference manual than a how-to guide. I provides a
weatlth of valuable information in a question-and-answer format.
|In addition to being a legendary
master bladesmith with over 30 years experience, Jim Hrisoulas is also
a superb writer and teacher. This book is an excellent guide to
the full range of topics in forging the steel blade. It does not
cover making blades by the stock removal method.
|In addition to knowledge to be
gained from reading books, it can be very helpful to actually see
someone else performing the steps required to make a knife. This
DVD shows you exactly that.
|Ok, so this one is not a
book. But the knifemaking grinder is the biggest expense you will
have in getting set up to make knives. Building this grinder
yourself is a great option for saving a lot of money. This
grinder can be built with no welding, machining, or specialized
fabricating. In fact, these grinders have been built by people
all over the world and they perform on par with many professional
|This book is only at the bottom
of the list due to the price. It has been
out of print for some time and limited copies are available.
However, without question, this is the best book on folding knives that
I have ever seen. Bob Terzoula is truly a master of his craft and
one of the pioneers at modern custom folding knives. He explains
all aspects of building liner locking folders in a clear and
understandable manner. I would recommend that you have a few
fixed blade knives under the belt before attempting to make a folder,
but when you are ready this book is an indespensible guide.