Top 10 Best Books for New Knifemakers

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

So you've decided to turn your garage or backyard into a shop. You're researching grinders, Facebook Groups, local classes, abrasives, ovens, processes, and everything else! But sometimes, it's hard because you may be pulling information from multiple knifemaking resources online and frankly, opinions may differ. Then you have to decide which master craftsman you want listen to! Which online forum has the best contributors? It's like Genghis Khan versus Sun Tzu. In my opinion (for what it's worth), a master craftsman is made when someone honors the foundations of their craft and then expands on them. Basically, you have to know the rules if you want to break 'em! So here are some resources to help you do that!

The following is a list of the "best" books for new knifemakers that I came across. My criteria included the # of reviews, # of stars, and recommendations from participants/contributors. This list isn't in any particular order, so please look over and vet each option. If you're a member of a guild or association, I encourage you to ask your fellow members. And definitely leave some of your ideas below in the comments. Thanks!

Best Books For New Knifemakers

Wayne Goddard’s $50 Knife Shop (Revised)

by Wayne Goddard

The Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way To Perfection

by Jim Hrisoulas

Step By Step Knifemaking: You Can Do It

by David Boye

Basic Knife Making: From Raw Steel to a Finished Stub Tang Knife

by J. Rosinski and E.G. Siebeneicher-Hellwig

Blade’s Guide to Making Knives

by Joe Kerzman and Steve Shackleford

The Wonder of Knifemaking

by Wayne Godaddard

A Modern Guide to Knifemaking

by Laura Zerra

The Backyard Blacksmith

by Lorelei Sims

How To Make Knives

by R. Barney and R. Loveless

Custom Knifemaking (10 Projects From a Master Craftsman)

by Tim McCreight

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