Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry Book


Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry Book. An excellent reference point for all things steel!

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This is the full length 442 page book – not the cut down 280 page version sold by Amazon Australia.

Includes heat treatment guides to over 70 popular knifemaking steels.

“This book covers the major variables that control knife performance like edge geometry, steel selection, and heat treatment. This is described through different mechanisms that affect knives including flexing and bending, chipping and fracture, corrosion, edge retention, grindability and polishability, etc. The different grades of knife steels are introduced including their composition, microstructure, toughness, edge retention, hardness, and corrosion resistance. The process of heat treating and processing steel is extensively covered including what happens in each step like austenitizing, quenching, tempering, cryo treatments, and more. That includes an explanation for the changes to microstructure, what the goals are for each step, and how to optimize the different heat treatment steps. And I provided specific heat treatment recommendations for most of the major knife steels. These are all things that knifemakers need to be concerned about for high-performance knives. And knife enthusiasts can learn what aspects knifemakers are controlling for, what to look for in their knives, and how to adjust their sharpening procedures in terms of edge angle and finish for different uses.”


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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 5 cm

2 reviews for Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry Book

  1. 5 out of 5


    Great book with loads of info for the knifemaker. This is the full version not the shorter one.

  2. 5 out of 5


    A must have for the knifemaker interested in getting the best heat treat on their blades. The book starts with basic priciples of steel heat treatment as an easy introduction to the content, then progressively gets more technical to explain the complex concepts by building on the previous chapters.
    The content is informative and very interesting, and also includes heat treat recipes for a bunch of steels making it a useful reference resource.

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