Knife making classes from around the world with a top insight to start with.
At the moment (Winter 2010, time of crisis) there are two kind of knives which sell: those below 600$ and those above 5-6000$: the "cheap" ones and the luxury, collectors ones.
This is what a professional knifemaker that I met at the Milan knife making trade show told me. And he has sold quickly is high-range knives already after a few hours of the opening of the most important European knife making show...
So, you are starting with the right foot to go ahead with your beginner knife making classes.
Here are just a few picture without any extra comment of the 27 - 28 Milan Knife Making show at the Mariott Hotel.
You, see? There are two ways to look at knives: you either
I am more for the second option for a simple reason: making a knife is a very noisy and dirty job and so I cannot do it where I live (my neighbours will not be very happy).
For those anware of this wonderful craft, knife making means making a knife by hand from scratch from start to finish by hand. This include the blade and the handle.
A professional knifemaker usually forges the metal itself but there are also ready-made metal sheet that you can work on immediately and so help you skip the complicated, time consuming and heavy job of forging metal (adequate space / open air required).
Starting from where I live, these are some links to learn the craft
The Knife shop Bianda in Locarno, offers knife making classes and has a nice supply to start with. The owner is also organizing the local knife making trade show.
Address: C.P. 715 - Piazza Grande 13
Phone: 091 / 751.62.03
Locally, we also have this person:
L'Artigiano del Coltello
di Hanspeter Rüegg
Via Muro della Rossa 7
He makes also excellent hand-made leather shealths.
The city of Scarperia (Tuscany) is a concentration of knife artisans. I will report on this more in the future. Generally speaking, Italy has plenty of knifemaking artisans. The crafts is rooted in either pre.historical sheperdness (e.g. Sardinia; Corsica, Greece, Spain) or middle ages customs (South of Italy, etc..)
There are two main magazines dedicated to this art:
LAME D'AUTORE (it can be downloaded, too for subscribers)
CIC is the Italian Association of Knifemakers
USA knife making classes
In the USA and Canada you have the widest choice and greatest number of knife making artisans today.
BLADES is definetely the number 1 magazine (and website).
On subscription and lots of tutorials and information of coming classes and events.