Monday, 24 June 2013

Review: 'Custom Knifemaking' by David Darom and Dennis Greenbaum

The Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking: 100 Custom Knife Related Projects in the Making, by David Darom and Dennis Greenbaum, 2006, Chartwell Books, $60.00, hardbound, 252 pages. Category/Genre: art. Cover: attractive. Where we got it: borrowed it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

This is not a how-to book, nor is it an introductory course in this exclusive art; rather, it presents a selection of artisans and their work for experienced knife collectors to peruse. 

The first part of the book is made up of articles on knife shows, exotic knife handle materials, investment cast knives, and other topics. It's interesting to note the many different rare, and exotic materials that can be used to make knife handles. Some of these materials are mother-of-pearl, abalone, coral, and rare woods. 

The second part of the book consists of 'Knives-in-the-Making,' and shows both fixed blades and folding knives. Here we see pictures of numerous artists at work, as well as a final result. 

The third part of the book focuses on knife related arts and crafts: scrimshaw, engraving, carving, mokume gane, Damascus, and sheaths. This also shows the different stages of various projects and their final results. 

Some of the blades pictured in this book are incredible. 'Semi-Skinner,' for example, was made by Bob Loveless and engraved by Manrico Torcoli with the image of a half-woman, half-tiger. 'Tail-Lock Interframe' was made by Ron Lake. Francesco Amatori engraved and scrimshawed this blade with amazing images of a snow leopard. There are many more examples, but you'll have to pick up the book to appreciate them; words simply don't do them justice. 

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