I published this 2 part magazine because I LOVE knives and tools. I USE knives and tools, and I NEED knives and tools to do what I do. Even kids need tools. Have you ever seen a classroom school supply list that doesn’t include a pair of scissors? Well… that’s a tool. Think about the medical profession… where would they be without the proper tools? I know this magazine is generally about outdoor/wilderness survival related issues, but knives and tools are a VERY important part of ALL of our lives whether it’s in the outdoors, classroom, doctor’s office, kitchen, garage, workplace....YOU name it and there’s a tool associated with it.
Tools and Blades are just… cool. MAKING tools and blades is just…. Cool. From the popularity of part 1 of this 2 part issue, I can see that you think so also. There are so many ways to make a blade and so many different steels. Each steel has different attributes; some are better for chopping, some are better for wet climates and some are better and stronger for tools such as pry bars. There are so many things that go into making knives and tools. There is more that goes into making knives and tools than just design; there are things like material selection, application of the tool, environment of the tool (wet or dry??), how much force can the tool handle for the job it is intended to do, what handle materials would be best, will it be economical enough to sell at a reasonable price, who will manufacture it……..will it WORK??? …and the list goes on. There is A LOT that goes into making a quality product.
I hope that the Part 1 & 2 editions of our Knife & Toolmaking issues help you to understand not only the art behind making blades, but the passion that goes into it, as well as the science that is so very important as well. We have many top professionals who contributed to this issue, so I hope that if you like what you read you will check out their websites. Let them know where you read about them!
Even if you don’t want to start making knives, this issue will definitely bring more respect and understanding to those who DO make good knives and who do such a wonderful job creating these useful and sometimes beautiful blades and tools!
Stay Sharp and God Bless!
|Publisher & Editor-in-Chief||Karen Hood|
|Associate Editor & Art Director||Joshua Swanagon|
|Staff Photographers||Mag Behrmann
|Staff Artist||Cutter Hays|
|Staff Editors||Dave Williams
Waysun Johnny Tsai
|Canadian Field Editor||David Jaye|
|Always with us||Ron Hood|
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