on 2 July 2001
This is a book that takes you on a journey. This journey then turns into an obsession, and that obsession is knifemaking. This book allows you to read, and learn in laymans terms, all the techniques of modern and ancient knife makers, the projects within the book are easy to follow, and lead to an end product of beauty that will give no end of pleasure for years, for the hobbyist knifemaker following the techniques within the book will allow you to set up shop in your home, the tools needed are few, and the writing easy to follow. The title of the book can be misleading, as the book has no information on forging blades, or stock removal, the author seems to buy his blades already made, and then beautyfies them, but this said, the book is an excellent buy.
on 22 November 2005
Some people may have been a little confused by the title of the book, because it doesn't deal with blade making. In the Scandinavian school, knifemakers generally obtain appropriate blades from highly specialist bladesmiths, each with their own style. The business of the knifemaker is not to beautify the thing, but to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing knife and sheath combination based around that blade. The handle is the interface between the user and the blade,it is critically important. Bo Bergman is the best there is. This book will take you from your first stumbling attempts, to mastering the art and craft of the Scandi maker. There is no better resource available.