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Okay seems like so many people have interests in learning knifemaking , forging and such that it’s time for a sticky with some answers.



This is by no means a complete list of all available information but meant solely to help the newbie knifemaker get started. Good Luck!



Let’s start with the how first:



BOOKS -




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Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop by Wayne Goddard



[url="http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Goddards-50-Knife-Shop/dp/0873419936/ref=pd_bbs_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203623182&sr=8-3"]http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Goddards-50-Kn...3182&sr=8-3[/url]



Great ideas for building your own tools and good starter info for learning how to make knives using both stock removal and forging techniques. Also covers heat treating.







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The Wonder of Knifemaking by Wayne Goddard (Paperback - Mar 2000)



[url="http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Knifemaking-Wayne-Goddard/dp/0873417984/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203623182&sr=8-4"]http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Knifemaking-W...3182&sr=8-4[/url]



More advanced than $50 knife shop, covers metallurgy in more detail and answers a bunch of knife making questions.







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How to Make Knives by Richard W. Barney and Robert W. Loveless (Paperback - Mar 1995



[url="http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Knives-Richard-Barney/dp/087341389X/ref=pd_bbs_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203623182&sr=8-7"]http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Knives-Rich...3182&sr=8-7[/url]



Poor quality B/W pictures aside, this book offers good info for stock removal, forging, and handling techniques







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Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way To Perfection by Jim Hrisoulas (Hardcover - Jun 1987)



[url="http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Bladesmith-Forging-Your-Perfection/dp/0873644301/ref=pd_bbs_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203623182&sr=8-8"]http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Bladesmith-...3182&sr=8-8[/url]



Very good info on shop setup, forging, techniques, basic metallurgy, heat treating and handling.





VIDEOS –



Ron Hoods Woodsmaster # 9 Primitive Knifemaking

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Name: Wm Vol 9 Primitive Knifemaking



[url="http://survival.instantestore.net/pd_wm_vol_9.cfm"]http://survival.instantestore.net/pd_wm_vol_9.cfm[/url]



Ron films Tai Goo and Tim Lively as they explain the fundamentals of making knives with minimal equipment and no electricity.A stellar video!





Tim Livelys video



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Knifemaking Unplugged



[url="http://www.knifemakingunplugged.com/"]http://www.knifemakingunplugged.com/[/url]



Excellent getchastarted video. Lots of tips and tricks and ya get a peek at his lovely wife Marian and her skills!







More videos here

[url="http://teachingtapes.net/Bladesmithingvideos.html"]http://teachingtapes.net/Bladesmithingvideos.html[/url]







ONLINE HOW-TOs -



A wealth of information from a variety of Masters

[url="http://www.knivesby.com/knifemaking.html"]http://www.knivesby.com/knifemaking.html[/url]



A quick-n-dirty to getchastarted

[url="http://www.primitiveways.com/pt-knives-1.html"]http://www.primitiveways.com/pt-knives-1.html[/url]



Lot's of blacksmithing info here..these guys are the shizzit

[url="http://www.anvilfire.com/"]http://www.anvilfire.com/[/url]



Various blacksmithing projects from the above site. Includes some blades and hawks.

[url="http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/"]http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/[/url]





Another good one

[url="http://knife-maker.eu/best-make.htm"]http://knife-maker.eu/best-make.htm[/url]





SUPPLIERS - (in no particular order)



Texas Knifemaker’s Supply – Almost all you need

[url="http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index.php"]http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index.php[/url]



Jantz Supply- a wide variety of tools and supplies

[url="http://www.jantzsupply.com/index.html"]http://www.jantzsupply.com/index.html[/url]



Speedy Metals – Online supplier of small quantities of tool steel and other metals

I highly recommend them!

[url="http://www.speedymetals.com/default.aspx"]http://www.speedymetals.com/default.aspx[/url]





Blade and blacksmithing tongs. Glen is a great guy to deal with, tell him I sent ya his way (and he’ll be sure to charge ya double! <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wink3:' /> )

[url="http://www.gstongs.com/id9.html"]http://www.gstongs.com/id9.html[/url]



Blacksmiths Depot – They ship quick and prices are good. So far I have been very pleased with them.

[url="http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/"]http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/[/url]



Exhaustive list of suppliers and makers!

[url="http://ajh-knives.com/material.html"]http://ajh-knives.com/material.html[/url]







I hope the links and lists above will help answer some questions you may have, now stop gawking and gittowork!



If YOU have links you'd would like me to include in this post please PM them to me and I'll stick 'em in. Please keep in mind we have the bare bones beginner in mind for right now.
Thanks for the pin Ouch!
Okay, that fairly impresses me Ouchie!



thanks for the comprehensive list...I don't know how to make a knife, but now I'm thinking it'd be a good skill to have.



Dad.
In that $50 knife-maker book, I do not see information on building tongs. Unfortunate...
That's because it's a knifemaking book Mako, not a general blacksmithing book....
I got the $50 Knife Shop book and have been disappointed in it. The writing assumes a knowledge of blacksmithing as a starting point, so some of the sentences as written make no sense to this beginner. I also thought the book would have benefited from a good editor. YMMV.



I can recommend the two videos on knifemaking noted above, Ron's dvd and Lively's dvd. Both seemed useful to me.



Mariner
[quote name='Mariner' post='223811' date='Mar 25 2008, 08:41 PM']I got the $50 Knife Shop book and have been disappointed in it. The writing assumes a knowledge of blacksmithing as a starting point, so some of the sentences as written make no sense to this beginner. I also thought the book would have benefited from a good editor. YMMV.



I can recommend the two videos on knifemaking noted above, Ron's dvd and Lively's dvd. Both seemed useful to me.



Mariner[/quote]









I also have the $50 Knife Shop book. I feel the same way. I, as a beginner, have problems

following it. There is too much left out to be useful for a beginner. IMHO



Perry
Another book I have that I like is “The Backyard Blacksmith” by Lorelei Sims. It

is a blacksmithing book but she goes into some detail that is useful for knife

making. Yes, I said “she”. There are lady blacksmiths also.



A good place to check for books is Amazon.com. I got this book and the “The $50

Knife Shop” book for a fraction of the original price. They both appear to be brand new.



Perry
Is there a huge difference between knife making and tomahawk making, just curious. The list made me want to get started this afternoon! Thanks for the list.
As far as forging not a huge difference, no.



Like knifemaking it just takes practice with a little forethought and time spent gathering info...



Then a bunch of time at the forge teaching your hands what they need to do.
Thanks for putting those up Ouchie.
Thanks Ouchie,

I have been wantint to forge my own blades now I know whare to go. Yes, another girl Blacksmith I can shoe a horse so the next step is to hit the forge to make a practial blade for my hand. Most blades do not fit us ladies so now I know whare to start.

AmyAyanita
Handles are pretty hard to make and this tutorial helped me a lot...



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hope it's helpful for you too <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



Dario
thanks came in handy <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bash.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':bash:' />
Just curious...whatcha mean by <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bash.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':bash:' /> ?
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