Saturday, May 16, 2009

Knife Talk II: The High Performance Blade by Ed Fowler

I got really lucky and found this book in the HPB store here in Columbus. It's a great read. I know this site has taken a definite bent towards the knife thing for two months but I am telling you, if you want a good read, read this book.

Fowler has this quality in his writing that lets you know he relates well to his audience. This is an excellent choice for makers, early on in development, who need to feel some reassurance about the direction things may be going. Fowler discussed solid technical information here as well as touching the artistic and philosophical aspects of creation.... and he doesn't flinch at the touchy-feely ideas of making what's in your hart and following your muse. Like I said, good read. So to it then:

Readability - 5 of 5 - I really like the way Fowler writes.
Editing - 5 of 5 - This is composed of a series of shorter subject matter installments and each is done very well.
Subject Matter - 5 of 5 - Everything about knife making and it's all good.
Did I like the story - 5 of 5 - In as much as it is a story, yes. Excellent read.

While the previous book was a real how-to sort of thing, this book touches heavily on the philosophy and creative aspects of the knife making craft. It's well done and worth the read for sure.

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