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Description: Custom Knifemaking : Paperback : Stackpole Books : 9780811721752 : 0811721752 : 01 Oct 1985 : Spanning the gap between pre-cut and 'art' knives with step-by-step illustrated instructions for unique and beautiful knives, readers will learn how to make ten featured projects, or designs of their own. The Book Depository Custom Knifemaking by Tim McCreight - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Mr. Andrew P

Rating: 5

Review: As someone who has never made a knife from scratch before I was looking for an introductory book that would explain and show the processes to me. This was my ideal book. Whilst it doesn't go into depth (temperatures for hardening, viscosity of oil etc) it points out where you can further explore that particular subject (and which, with the internet it's so easy to do). He gives 10 varied examples of handmade knives, all differently made and styled and takes you by the hand in making each one. All in all an excellent primer for someone like myself who didn't know what micarta was before reading it. The only thing I would change would be to have the illustrations in colour and then I would call it a basic bible but I can understand why it isn't, the colour plate cost would quadruple the price !

 

Author: M. McKenzie

Rating: 2

Review: Being a blacksmith wanting to break into bladesmithing, I bought this book, along with several others on the subject. I read it, along with all the others. I've had some time to work into the craft and I've come to a few conclusions. Tim McCreight is obviously a talented craftsman and knows how to manipulate metal. He's not a bladesmith, however. Most of the techniques provided will indeed produce a knife and practicing the techniques offered may very well help an aspiring bladesmith work his way into the craft. There are a few issues to watch out for, however. The most obvious of these is that in the heat-treating stage, McCreight advises that the blade be swirled around the quenching liquid in a stirring motion. This is very likely to cause warping. There's also very little discussion about the qualities of various types of steel, and the author generally refers to whatever "tool steel" you can get. The book might well have benefited from a short discussion about the various properties of common blade steels (o1, 5160, W2, etc) and pointed the reader to other sources where he could learn more. At the end of the day, this is an alright book to have, but not one I'd recommend to a beginner. One of Wayne Goddard's books is probably the best start, and once the aspiring bladesmith has the physics of bladesmithing down, he can pick up a copy of this book on the cheap for the exploded diagrams of furniture and fittings, which were well done. Again, in short, this is a book for the beginner that has already spent some time with a hammer in his hands.

 

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