Category Archives: Knife-related Information and Philosophy

20 Years of Knifemaking– 1999-2019

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of making my first knife, is this video. Reminiscing about the first 50-some knives in particular, with actual specimens of old and new knives in hand. Advertisements

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Securing the Firesteel

Seems that a friction-fit on firesteels just doesn’t cut it. We need to tie them in. Here, we have a nice matched set in mesquite. Notice that the rod protrudes far enough past the mounting loop that we can run … Continue reading

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Imperial M-7S Surival Knife

Someone brought a blade in, and I finally deciphered the “S” from the tang stamp, with help of the www. Evidently, Imperial decided to use up a bunch of leftover M-7 bayonet blades, and put a cross-guard with screwdrivers, and … Continue reading

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Primitive Technology–Primitive Forge Blower

Here is an excellent piece of ingenuity!

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From Junk to Jewel

This axe came into the shop as an ugly little hatchet-head, covered with dings, dull as a brick, and mushroomed from being used as a splitting wedge. The first job was to get the remains of the old handle out.  … Continue reading

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A Good Article re Survival Knives for Beginners

Here is an article by someone who understands the practical functions of edged tools: http://survivalblog.com/survival-blades-part-1-by-r-h/ http://survivalblog.com/survival-blades-part-2-by-r-h/ He’s discussing how to advise newcomers regarding survival knives (and other edged tools).

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Skeletonized Tangs–How Do They Hold Up?

Sounds like the skeletonized tang is a lot more dependable than a lot of factory stick-tangs, as we would expect. Skeletonizing a tang is a very reasonable way to reduce weight while retaining strength.

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