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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087341389X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873413893
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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
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Some of the pictures are a lot worse than homely and if you dont wish to buy a belt grinder a certain amount of the book will be of little use
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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.
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Fast delivery great book
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e2b9fc) out of 5 stars How to Make Knives 4 Oct. 2001
By Don - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This could have been a great book except for one thing. Obviously the publishers did not care enough when updating this book to update or even take the time to use quality photo's in their book. I would like to see what is going on in the book but most of the photo's are so awful you can only see shades of grey and black. To let all this effort by Loveless go to waste is a shame!
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.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e2ba50) out of 5 stars It was good for a blindman... 3 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The photo's was so bad that I am sending this book back to Amazon. What a rip-off, I got this book without thinking...it did not help me in any way, it is not for the beginner, it has no value for the novice knife maker out there.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96a66c78) out of 5 stars A golden oldie! 15 Nov. 2000
By Kallisti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the other reviews of this book that it is a total classic, and an excellent primer/guide to the craft of knifemaking. I don't have anything to add on that score. There were just a couple of things I was surprised at when I saw it in hard copy - firstly, that it was first printed in 1977. This dates it a bit, although obviously it all still stands (Loveless' stock removal method and Moran's forging still being better than first class). Secondly, the "explicit and detailed photographs" (from the preface) are mared by poor reproduction. It looks like Krause Publications have simply photocopied the original. For example, a picture on page 50 captioned "Now it looks right" is indecipherable. For the most part this is not a problem, however. It is well to be aware of these issues. However, it remains a text book from masters of the art.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e2bcd8) out of 5 stars Not for me, probably not for you 24 Jan. 2010
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I am a do-it-yourselfer and like to read books and then attempt to do the things described. I have had a lot of success with this.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e2bc78) out of 5 stars not so great overall 5 Jan. 2007
By T.M. Tackett - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot of good info in the book if you could see the illustrations well enough to know what's going on. The book needs updating badly as far as I am concerned. Much of the photography was so dark you could tell very little about what was being shown in the picture. And did I miss the part about subhilt fighters Loveless is famous for. I was disappointed in the book overall. I wish I'd gotten a copy like the ones described with great photos and easy to read. Somebody owes me a new copy !
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