on 4 March 2002
This book is just what it ought to be. Readable, addresses the problems you need to know, easy to follow, short and cheap.
If you want to be an expert smith, read Jim Hrisoulas as well. If you care about the history of other traditions, then read Leon Kapp. If you just want to start making your own high quality knives, even if you're not used to metalworking, then start with this book.
The authors do love their belt grinder ! Even though we're not all manufacturing on a commercial scale, their workshop techniques are described well enough for any of us; from one-offs to shops.
The production quality could be better. Some of the photos have a "homely" quality that reminds us of how difficult specialist book production could be before cheap computer-publishing. Maybe a discerning publisher will realise just how good a book this could be with a little more polish. That's nit-picking though
on 6 July 2010
A VERY INFORMATIVE BOOK ON THIS SUBJECT.
MY ONLY REAL NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS WORK, IS THE POOR QUALITY OF THE PHOTO-COPIED PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE BOOK. THERE IS A LOT OF DETAIL MISSING IN THE PHOTOS, THAT,IN MY OPINION, WOULD SERVE WELL IN SOME OF THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WRITTEN WORD.
THAT SAID, IT IS A VERY IN DEPTH BOOK, SHOWING, FROM START TO FINISH, THE ART OF NOT ONLY KNIFE MAKING, BUT ALSO HOW TO MAKE DIFFERENT SHEATHES. WELL WORTH A READ.