The Maker’s Hamlet Doubt

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the Hamlet doubt of the makerThe hamlet doubt par excellence of the makers.

CNC yes or CNC no? That’s the problem!

The knife is custom even if it is made with the CNC or only if it is made with the sander?

Now it’s clearly a pun to quote Shakespeare’s Hamlet but this question is part of one of the many controversies/debates/other kind of mental saws that are made on the net on social media between makers.

Now I tell you how I feel! Continue reading “The Maker’s Hamlet Doubt”

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Filework on the back for the chicken

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filework, how to use the file to fire the grip on the back of the knife
Filework image during a work in progress!

Apart from the aesthetic filework with geometric patterns more or less complex performed with limes that embellish and embellish the blade there is a type of file work that is done mainly for the thumb to increase the grip.

This type of processing increases the grip when you use your thumb in the thrust position and that makes this type of processing functional to the use of the knife as well as giving a technical aesthetic reason to the blade. Continue reading “Filework on the back for the chicken”

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The hole for the paracord on the knife

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Often in some knives you see a hole in the handle and in some also in the blade and this hole is used for the passage of cables and paracords.

The paracord on the knife is useful for improving grip and working safely and keeping the knife in grip when you have advanced grips typical of Survival/Prepping techniques such as advanced batoning.

Not all knives must have the hole or holes for the paracord but depending on the type of use of the target or their own aesthetic taste. Continue reading “The hole for the paracord on the knife”

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3 ways to drill holes in a tapering handle


Tapering or tapered tang is a very elegant way to balance the knife and to give it a leaner and more well-groomed aesthetic while maintaining the robustness of the knife given the scalability of its section.

Compared to knife lightening/balancing holes, it’s a more professional way used by more experienced knifemakers.

Tapering consists of decreasing the section of the blade handle gradually. Continue reading “3 ways to drill holes in a tapering handle”

Draw the fixed-blade knife

Tracing the knife you want to build for a knife maker is a key task.

The tracing of the knife in its various stages and construction operations makes the work simpler, repeatable and precise.

Whether it’s the resetting, the centeror or the handle fastening holes, tracing is useful.

Tracciare il coltello

When you have to make a knife you have to have clear ideas about the shape to be executed, on the bisellation, how to fix the guard, how to fix the handle, whether in a hidden cod, or a tapered cod, etc.

I remember the first few times I made a knife that I made very improvised silhouettes and all in all they were fine, but having a detailed knife design already is crucial, in fact, I’ll tell you more, the more detailed it is,excuse the pun (this is a suggestion of a CIC master). Continue reading “Draw the fixed-blade knife”

The types of surface blade finishing

 Surface blade finish The surface finishing types of the blade are one of the aesthetic and functional aspects of the knife blade and exposed surfaces.

When buying a new knife, the type of knife blade finish can offer several advantages, especially in the field.

There are several but the top 10 are:

  • Hand Satin Finish
  • Brushed Finish
  • Mirror Polished Finish
  • Blasted Finish
  • Coated Finish
  • Stonewashed Finish
  • Hammered Finish
  • Knapped Finish
  • Hamon (Hamon Finish)
  • Damascus (Damascus Finish)

Continue reading “The types of surface blade finishing”

How to cut the steel bar

One of the first things to do when you decide to build a knife you have designed is to prepare the bar to start the discounting of the knife.

It is important to remove all the excess metal to the figure of the knife that you want to make and thus get a “clean bar” and work with the tape or the file (if you do not have a sander) to reach the desired contour.

This “cleaning” is important if you want to avoid taking out mm of steel by hand or with the sander consuming you ribbons (which cost) and also wastes you a lot of time. Continue reading “How to cut the steel bar”

Type of cod in the knife

Types of cod 2 KnifemakerThe cod is the end of the blade of a white sword or knife weapon that allows and ensures the fixation of the handle in the handle.

The cod allows mechanical fastening through pins,screws, glue, threaded pins, knob or rebating against the handle itself, etc.

Its purpose is therefore to allow the assembly of the handle of the blade and each knifemaker has its own taste or technical choice of realization. Continue reading “Type of cod in the knife”