Top 10: Knifemaking

Top 10: Knifemaking

Knives are a major “gateway drug” for many a young maker. They were for me, certainly. One of the first things I ever remember being proud of making was a cocobolo replacement handle (mounted with homemade “mosaic” pins) to repair my mother’s favorite paring knife. (Coincidentally, both skills are covered in this round-up.)

Mom put that knife back in the kitchen drawer, but within a year my father gave up using it because, as he said, “I was tired of getting the lecture about being careful every time I picked it up.” Eventually she moved it out of the kitchen altogether, and put it with her jewels. Maybe I’ll post a picture of it someday.


Make a knife from an old saw blade



Make your own knife and tool sheaths


How-To: Mount a knife blade in an antler without glue


How-To: Full Tang Cord Handle Wrap


How-To: Simple Electro-Etching for Knife Blades


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Tai Goo’s railroad spike knives



How-To: Make Decorative “Mosaic” pins


Make: Projects — $30 Micro Forge


Make: Projects — Technique: Repair an Old Pocket Knife


Make: Projects — Crooked Knife

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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