Knives You Can Make by Tim McCreight
Knives You Can Make has the specific goal of introducing metalsmiths, novices and hobbyists to the pleasures of making a knife. Most of us use knives several times a day, but few people know the satisfaction of making a knife for themselves, from scratch, with only a few tools. In this engaging book, respected author Tim McCreight shares the pleasures of knife-making, bringing the tools and the process within the reach of any willing worker. With minimal investment and clear instructions, readers will learn how to make kitchen knives, folding knives and folk art knives through three dozen projects.
The book starts with a description of the tools and materials needed and instructions on hardening and tempering steel. This is followed by chapters on fixed blade knives, folding knives and rustic knives. Each chapter offers seven different knives that progress from basic to more advanced. The Fixed Blade chapter, for instance, runs from a 6" carving knife, to a hefty camp knife, and on up to a full size chef's knife. Hundreds of drawn illustrations compliment photos of the finished knives. The design of the book, based on antique ledgers, amplifies it’s straightforward tone. Any person with an interest in knives regardless of skill level can rest assured that these are Knives You Can Make.