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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.

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

Knife making trade show at Mariott Hotel 27-28 November 2010, Milan Italy

 

 

You, see? There are two ways to look at knives: you either

  • look a the blade

    and/or

  • look at the decoration

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).

TO BEGIN WITH....

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).

 

Switzerland

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.

Coltelleria Bianda
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
6600 Locarno

He makes also excellent hand-made leather shealths.

 

Italy

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)

COLTELLI (example)

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.

blade magazine

BLADES is definetely the number 1 magazine (and website).

On subscription and lots of tutorials and information of coming classes and events.

 

 

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