Marc Larsen Bowie Knife

Marc Larsen was a very talented knife maker from Camp Verde, Arizona. He learned most of his craft from Tim Hancock. He forged his own steel and Damascus. Now in his late 70’s, he’s pretty much retired from knife making. Here is an excellent example of the knives he produced:

 

Straight Back Damascus Bowie Knife

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Italian Made Knives

Italy has a tradition of making pocket knives going back to ancient times. The oldest surviving pocket knives date back to the Roman era. Perhaps it is where pocket folding knives originated.

 

When most people think of Italian knives, what comes to mind is the famous Stiletto Switchblades first made popular in the 1961 film, West Side Story.

Italian Stiletto

Italian Stiletto

 

Authentic Italian Switchblade Knives from Italy are all hand crafted and made by skilled Italian switchblade knife makers in the Italian town of Maniago by the oldest Switchblade knife makers in the business in the same way they have been made for decades.

 

Maniago founded in 981 is a town and comune located in the Province of Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-eastern Italy) in the Italian Alps. It is famous all over the world for its production of knives and of all kinds of cutting tools: the beginning of the history of the blacksmiths from Maniago can be dated back to 1453. Since then Maniago has given birth to hundreds of blacksmiths and knife makers and today is the seat of the District of Cutlery Works, made up of nine municipalities of the area, which employs about a thousand workers in the production cycle of cutting tools only and is the second industrial centre in the province of Pordenone.

 

Italian cutlery, for example, is very unique in it’s craftsmanship and design. Modern knife makers of Italy are producing fascinating “cross-over” designs combining aspects of older cutlery with new materials and forward thinking designs. Of course this synthesis of the old into the new is not limited to any particular region or country. If we look at the history of knife making in the United States, or any country, we see a very similar progression.

 

Coming out of Italy though are some fantastic knives. Companies like Extrema Ratio, Viper, Fox, Lion Steel and Maserin (to name a few) are making knives that strong, sharp, well built and desirable. This not to say they are better than US made knives as I think some of the best knives are still made in the US. But the quality of Italian knives are definitely there. Many American cutlery companies know this are having knives made in Italy. Companies like DPx, Hogue, Ontario, TOPS, Fox-N-Hound, Spyderco and others are having their designs produced there and importing them back here for sale.

 

I myself carry an Italian Viper knife as my EDC. This after years of carrying a USA made blade.

 

Viper Free

Viper Free

 

If you are thinking about investing in a quality blade, one that you would be proud to carry and not afraid to use on a daily basis, Italian knives are an option you should consider.

Shosui Takeda – Premiere Japanese Knife Maker

Takeda Blacksmith was founded in 1920 and moved to Niimi in 1951. syosui
We have produced hand-forged blades and tools such as kitchen knives, knives, hoes, hatchets, etc. We also offer axes, sickles and scythes for local government to use them for working in the fields.
The third generation master blacksmith, Shosui Takeda has succeeded in forging blades from the high quality carbon steel, Aogami Super Steel (AS). The blades consist of “AS”, forged in its entirety by hand, as it has been done for generations.
Each blade holds its edge extraordinarily well and is easily sharpened.

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November’s Knife Maker’s Class

John Baker

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Eli Jensen Wharncliffe Knife Project

Follow along as I make this big wharncliffe! 1084, 3/16″

Eli Jensen Wharncliffe Knife Project

Basic Design

Cutting out the shape

Cutting out the shape

All profiled out

All profiled out

Time to grind the bevels

Time to grind the bevels