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In its 32nd Edition, the "Knives" annual book has followed the progression of knives from traditional pocketknives to custom bowies, autos, dirks, daggers and fast-opening, one-hand folders. Through color photography and informed writing, the transition from carbon steel blades to damascus and from bone or stag handles to ancient ivory, pearl, titanium, and such exotics as giraffe bone and walrus tusk have been documented and forever immortalized within the pages of the book.
Treasured by knife collectors, enthusiasts, knifemakers and dealers, the Knives book is broken into a proven formula of sections: A bank of enthralling feature articles about the latest developments, history and transformation of knives, swords, and edges of all types; A ?Trends? photo/caption section showcasing the latest in blades, steels, styles and materials; A ?State Of The Art? photo/caption section parading scrimshawed, engraved, jewel-inlaid, etched, carved, sculpted and forge-welded, damascus and mosaic-damascus knives; A ?Factory Trends? section updating readers on the newest in factory or production knives;
A directory of custom knifemakers, their contact information, including websites and email addresses, technical information, specialties, materials, price ranges, tools, tang stamps and comments. Features: Gorgeous grind lines on hand-ground folder blades. Exotic handle materials, including coral, gold-lip mother of pearl, mammoth tooth and wildebeest bone. Knives of the active U.S. Armed Forces Take-down construction--like guns, entire knives that can be taken apart, inspected by collectors, and put back together again Gold inlay and engraving Small, concealable fixed blades Embellished beauties--carved, sculpted knives featuring precious jewel inlays, hand file work and color scrimshaw Down and dirty one-piece, integral, piercing all-steel pointers Hunters? and hikers? edged companions Trends Section (what's hot in new, custom knives) State of the Art (newest embellished knives, Art knives, collector pieces) Factory Trends Complete custom knifemaker directory
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