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How to Make Knives Paperback – 1 Sep 1994
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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
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.
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Save your money and buy an older version, one that hopefully has clear and quality photo's so you will know what R.W.Loveless is building or what step he is using.
The book itself is a great instructional tool. However you just can't get all that Loveless has to offer in this new version because you can not make out many of the photo's.
This book is not for people like me. If you want an interesting history of knifemaking or a who's -who of knifemaking, read this book. If faithfully describes tools and techniques that are very unlikely to be used successfully by the novice. The final insults are the lack of updating and the poor quality of the illustrations.
There are better texts out there for the serious knifemaker. For the novice, this book is next to useless. Its niche seems to be for the history buff.
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