Sunday, April 19, 2009

How to Make Knives by Richard W. Barney and Robert W. Loveless


I am late.... I know it. Sorry. I've been obsessing on something else for a while now and I figured, time to include it here. (No excuse to stop reading is it? I didn't think so either... :-)

If you find yourself wondering, "Should I spend three or four hundred dollars on that fantastic custom knife I saw on the bladeforum.com site or should I go another way?" and if you have any incling for working with your hands, you want to read this book. Knife making is unlike anything I have attempted as a hobby. It is profoundly simple in its principles and challenging in every respect of implementation and the results are immadiately gratifying and lasting. This book can really provide some real insight about techniques and saftey that I found to be very helpful. It is easily worth the money for the info contained. In converse, it does not go into details of steel or heat treating so you may want to look for other info sources on these things. However, all in all, great to read and really solid info from a great knife maker.

  • Readability - 5 of 5 - For a non-fiction, how-to book this reads very well.
  • Editing - 5 of 5 - All the words are spelled right and all the picture references match the text and the pictures themselves are helpful. Good stuff.
  • Subject Matter - 5 of 5 - Only because I wanted to know about this and it is RW Loveless.
  • Did I like the story - 5 of 5 - Absolutely, sort of. It's not really a story. In terms of how-to though, this is good stuff.

If you're looking for a review of the techniques and methods employed in making knives, this is a good book and place to start. The Loveless method produces a real result and can serve to augment existing practices as well as providing insight into a legendary mind.

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