Pocketknife Making for Beginners
by Stefan Steigerwald and Peter Fronteddu

150 x 230mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-3847-2


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Extract from back cover of book:

Make your own folding pocketknife with this easy-to-follow guide. Step by step, this instructional manual unfolds the secrets of constructing a slipjoint folding knife, which is held open by spring force and friction. In addition to introducing different variations of this knife style, this guide presents the materials, tools, and technical design skills needed for the project. Diagrams clearly demonstrate the mechanics of your knife and the crucial elements needed to make a properly functioning pocketknife. Detailed step-by-step explanations move from template to finished knife - even beginners can master this project with minimal tool requirements. Once the knife project is complete, you can use the processes in this guide and your own creativity to construct a special knife of your own design.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial & Metric


A Few Words Up Front

- In General
- Choice of Materials
- Blade Steel
- Materials for Handles and Other Parts
- Tools
- The File: The Most Important Tool
- Sandpaper/Abrasive Cloth
- Working with Alignment Pins and Drilling Holes
- Washers
- Vise
- Drill Press

Slipjoint Folding Knife
- Designing and Drawing a Template
- Working on the Handle
- Creating the Blade
- Construction of the Backspring
- Finishing the Tang
- Precision Work on the Blade and Spring
- Intermediate Check and Washers
- Handle Scales
- Assembly and Finish
- Variations
- Blade Tang
- Pivot Variations

Friction Folding Knife
- Designing and Drawing a Template
- Creating the Blade
- Working on the Handle
- Grinding the Blade
- Connecting the Ferrule with Blade and Handle
- Assembly and Finish