If you are new to making knives, or just considering the idea, there are a few things you need to know before getting started. Did you know that there are names for each art of a knife, other than the blade and handle? The first knife that is recommended to make, would be a small knife.
Safety is going to be the first step in learning to make a knife. You need to use masking tape to wrap the sharp blade. It is more likely that a new knife maker gets cut over a pro, so taking every chance to avoid harm is ideal.
Other safety measures include safety gear like gloves and glasses.
Bolster/Guard – Cross member connected to handle end.
Finger grips – Grooves in the handle to fit hand
Pins/Rivet – Hardware used for joining handles to tang
Pommel/Butt Plate – Piece applied to back or end of handle
Slab/Scale –Slabs are material that create the handle, riveted or pinned to tang.
Tang – Extended piece of blade that goes into handle
Spacers – Material used between slabs.
Back – Also called the ‘top’ of the blade
Point or Tip – Sharp part of the blade end
Cutting Edge – Part of blade that cuts
Blade – Another part of blade that cuts
Hallow Grind – hollowed part of blade, cuts easier, but weaker and may be referred to as concave bevel.
Ricasso – flat section not part of main bevel grind, just before guard.
Shank – The name of the full piece of metal from tang to blade.