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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; Revised edition (April 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896892956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896892958
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very easy to read an followers a logical path.
Malvin P Bellanger SR
Perfect Book For Someone Just Getting Started In Knife Making.
Kenneth Kneringer
I would recommend both books for any knifemaker's library.
William Rivera

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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A. Willis on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to give me some guidance on making my first knife. I think that I am the intended audience for this book which stresses starting out and the $50 investement that making a knife can take. However, Wanye is too distracted by his 40+ years of knife making to be able to break down knife making for a newbie. He wants to tell you all sorts of little details that will not help you make your first knife. Like he gives you a history of what quench solutions he has used without telling you the proportions of the different ingredents in his current perfected mixture. So even if you wanted to duplicate his solution you couldn't. Also Wayne likes to scrounge yard sales and create grinders from old washing machines. So he spends a huge amount of time talking about all the gismos he has made and special jigs. Unfortunately he wants you to create all the stuff he has made over 40 years without any sort of details or dimensions. He just shows pictures and gives a few general comments about having found the parts at various yard sales and salvage yards.

He makes assumptions that you know things. Like he glossed over pinning a handle onto a knife by just saying to "pin it". I was left wondering, what is the pin for, what is it made of, how do you do it, ...

What I was really hoping for was a set of clear instructions to make "this" sample knife do 1, 2, 3, 4, ... but he does not give you that. I have been more helped by doing a google search and finding a few web sites that in just several pages tell you what to do step by step with enough detail that you can follow it.

I do not recommend this as your first book on knife making.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Trent Rock on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to FORGE a knife this is the book for you....If you want to BUILD a knife===>There are others more suited for that
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Travisji Corcoran on February 17, 2010
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I just struggled through this book, and it's total lack of organization is maddening. The author jumps off on a thousand tangents, but can never finish a thought. He starts on one idea then moves on to another - he talks about how wheels on sanding machines can be made from scrap wheels, and mentions that he was recently at Pearl Harbor, and they had lots of carts there, so obviously there is a scrap yard somewhere where old wheels can be purchased.

WHAT ?!?!?

Due to the horrible editting the text often contradicts itself - to reference just the bit about grinders again, he talks about how scrap wheels are good, especially for hollow grinding ... but you need more precision if you're going to do certain things ... like hollow grinding.

I wanted to like this book, because the author is so clearly a friendly interesting guy...but the bottom line is this:

Pretty much every other book I've read on knifemaking is better than this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Wloch on February 7, 2010
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I bought this book along with 3 other knife making books. Wayne does a good job of describing knife making procedures with a minimum of tools. If you are on a budget I would strongly recommend this book. It has LOTS of pictures and does a good job of explaining them unlike some other books. If you have a little more budget than $50 get David Boye's book Step by Step Knife Making or the Barney/Loveless book How to Make Knives
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steel Artist on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I brought this book a few years ago and it's basically a overview of knifemaking. If you are looking for a book that offers step by step on how to go about making a knife..this isn't the one.After my knowledge of knifemaking has increased, I went back over this book and downgraded it to 2 stars

What it does offer is the differences between forging and stock removal, the materials needed for each, some information regarding damascus and Kriss blades, finishing techniques, a section on building homemade grinders, heat treating information, how to build a one brick forge (doesn't work that well but does work for small blades), some tips on grinding the bevels, etc.

My complaints about this book is that Wayne presents some false information. He suggests that narrow tangs are stronger then full tangs. This is simply false as a full tang blade is supported by a full width of steel going all the way across the handle and when properly constructed..the actual handle isn't weak either as it should be held on with mechanical AND chemical methods. Hammering knives through a 2x4 is a inaccurate test as well and he specifically said he would never do that to a full tang knife. Well that means he's never actually compared the two on that test then. He also suggests that hand-rubbed finishes are highly quality then mirror finish, which just makes no logical sense as a mirror finish requires *far* more effort. Even I can do a decent hand rubbed finish on my blades.

EDIT: My review has been revised and I reduced this book down in rating due to the inaccuracies mentioned above in addition to the grinding section being focused on belt sanders despite it being targeted to those on a limited budget.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MADKAT on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I own both editions of this book. Wayne is a personal friend, and my mentor in knifemaking. It can be intimidating to read some publications and see all the high-tech machinery that some makers use. This book shows that people can develope their passion for making knives without spending a fortune. It is clear and concise, and takes alot of the guesswork out of being a beginner. Wayne learned knifemaking by trial and error, before there were books, magazines and videos on the subject. This book is a must have in the library of any knifemaker. I read mine constantly for reference and inspiration.

Craig "MADKAT"
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