A good book for a beginner knife maker


Hello everyone I just recently joined. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book for a rookie knife maker that covers quenching different kinds of steel and tempering and overheating steel just general things. Thank you so much everyone!

Ember Knives

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Some people don't like the late Wayne Goddard's style of knives or techniques, but for simple steels he has quite a bit of ht info. in his book The Wonder of Knifemaking.


The Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way to Perfection by Jim Hrisoulas has been helpful to me. It has a lot of basic techniques for beginners.


Active Member
You might like Kevin Cashen's DVD on 1080/1084 - I got it and it's comprehensive, explained a lot more to me than the books I've read. Really helped me grasp the concept and fundamentals of HT. Plus you already know this forum is a virtual encyclopedia of knowledgeable professionals.


Thank you I’ll check it out! I hate bothering people over simple things. I definitely love this forum it’s been awesome so far