The Craig Douglas Ibara Project – Part 2
September 14, 2020 in Knifemakers Notebook

I set about learning everything I could about Shibuichi and Shakudo. These are traditional Japanese metal alloys used to create sword fittings like Tsuba, Fuchi, Kashira and Menuki, and typically adorn expensive antique swords, or are made into fittings which are in their own right works of art that are highly praised by collectors. Shibuchi […]

Craig Douglas Ibara
The Craig Douglas Ibara Project – Part 1
September 11, 2020 in Knifemakers Notebook

It was a regular morning on the 12th of February 2019 when I got a message via instagram from an account I was very familiar with. The notification on my phone read something like “SouthNarc wants to send you a message”. It’s one of those notifications that as a relatively new knife maker in the […]

ways to carry a defensive knife
Ways to Carry a Defensive Knife
November 14, 2019 in Knifemakers Notebook

There are a multitude of different ways to carry a defensive knife, and plenty of strong opinions to support them. There are however some serious considerations, and while no single method of carrying your knife is king, there are some fundamental flaws with carrying a defensive knife in certain popular ways.  There are basically three […]

Designing a Combative Knife
Designing a Combative Knife
October 13, 2019 in Knifemakers Notebook

When it comes to designing a combative knife from scratch, I used to let my mind do all the creating. I would sit and think, maybe see something that sparked the concept, let it brew for a while until suddenly it came out. I would then draw, letting whatever was in my mind spill out […]

What is Carbidizing and Does it Make a Difference?
August 30, 2018 in Knifemakers Notebook

Lately whether by fashion or by merit, carbidized edges have become a popular performance add on for many knifemakers. Though I still get asked the question… What is carbidizing? Carbidizing is the process of micro layering Tungsten Carbide onto a metal surface. Tungsten Carbide is very hard, typically much harder than the steel its being […]

Critical Elements of the Combative Knife – Pt 1 – Ergonomics
May 15, 2018 in Knifemakers Notebook

There are Critical Elements of Combative Knife Design that are universal to all knives intended for combative application. These are design elements which can determine the effectiveness of the weapon and as such require serious considerations both by the knifemaker and the eventual user. The first Critical Elements of Combative Knife Design is the grip. […]