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#6151761 - 01/24/16 10:11 AM Novice curious
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I have always enjoyed buying knives. In the next 3-5 years there is a chance I will be retired and I have thought about learning how to build knives. I know it is an art and would take time to learn. My intent would not be to sell them but to make for friends, etc.
Realizing this is a loaded question but I will try anyway. With zero experience in this, what is the best starting point to learn? Do a lot of reading about it first? Go visit with someone who makes them? Any advice appreciated.
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#6151974 - 01/24/16 12:54 PM Re: Novice curious [Re: tlk]
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TLK, here's a link to some good info for those interested in starting out. Scroll down to the post titled
"The Count's Standard Reply to New Knifemakers V30" and click on those links. Lots of reading there.

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showth...mer+information

Also, Google is your friend here. To begin you'll want to be versed on the basics of steel selection for knives & tools, proper heat treatment of those steels, and the mechanics of blade design & grinding. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing the latter. Study the "classic" designs and note the details. When you decide to make your first blade, do something small & simple. After you've made a few you can visit the shop of a maker and get some feedback on how to improve. That's my advice - hope it helps.

David


Edited by D.Crawford (01/24/16 01:03 PM)
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#6151983 - 01/24/16 01:03 PM Re: Novice curious [Re: D.Crawford]
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Originally Posted By: D.Crawford
TLK, here's a link to some good info for those interested in starting out. Scroll down to the post titled
"The Count's Standard Reply to New Knifemakers V30" and click on those links. Lots of reading there.

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showth...mer+information

Also, Google is your friend here. To begin you'll want to be versed on the basics of steel selection for knives & tools, proper heat treatment of those steels, and the mechanics of blade design & grinding. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing the latter. Study the "classic" designs and note the details. When you decide to make your first blade, do something small & simple. After you've made a few you can visit the shop of a maker and get some feedback on how to improve. That's my advise - hope it helps.

awesome thanks

David
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