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Chris Crawford - Saltillo, Mississippi

Chris Crawford

In early February of 2001, a friend of mine sent me to a web site that showed how to make a knife with hand tools. Using that tutorial, I completed my first knife in mid February. It was a very basic skinner with oak scales.

I now primarily make folding knives, and my specialty is building slipjoints. I've always liked the traditional patterns, and there's nothing like the walk-and-talk of a knife with a good strong spring.

(2017)

with Chris Crawford

In this two DVD video set I demonstrate how to make a basic slipjoint using basic knifemaking tools. If you are new to knifemaking, and you are interested in making a pocket knife, then this video is for you.

(2017)

with Chris Crawford

In this three DVD video set I demonstrate how to make a more advanced slipjoint than I did in the basic video. I also use more advanced tools and equipment, which allows me to produce a higher quality knife.

(2016)

with Chris Crawford

This is an updated version of the DVD "How to Build a Scale Release Automatic" that I released back in 2002. While most of my techniques have not changed, today's technology has allowed me to release a higher quality product. I originally put this video together because of the lack of information that is available in the area of building automatic knives.

(2014)

with Chris Crawford

In this video I build an automatic based on the general design of my EDC-1 slipjoint pattern. The knife uses a leaf spring to throw the blade, and it uses a lever to fire it. I pretty much design the knife on the fly, and while this may not be the best method, the viewer should benefit from seeing what works and what does not.

Allen Elishewitz - Lenoir, Tennessee

Allen Elishewitz

Allen Elishewitz is a Tennessee knifemaker who became interested in knives at a very young age. His many years of training in the different martial arts, along with his experiences as a Recon Marine, have given Allen the perfect background to design both defense and utility knives.

Allen started making knives part time while he was in college studying Criminal Justice and Fine Arts, and he decided to become a full time knifemaker after graduating. He’s been making knives since 1988, constantly researching, refining, and developing the craft.

(2012)

with Allen Elishewitz

In this video Allen shows how he designs his tactical folders. Not only does Allen show how to design, but he also stops to talk about the theory behind why he does it the way he does. Some of the techniques demonstrated will be applicable to many other types of folder designs.

(2011)

with Allen Elishewitz

In this video Allen builds a basic tactical folder from start to finish using typical shop tools. He shows basic methods and processes that can be carried out in most knifemaking shops. This video focuses on the building process and does not cover pattern design.

(2011)

with Allen Elishewitz

In this video Allen builds an advanced tactical folder from start to finish using advanced tools and techniques. If you want to know how Allen builds his knives from day to day, this is the video that shows it. This video focuses on the building process and does not cover pattern design.

(2012)

with Allen Elishewitz

In this video Allen builds a double-edged tactical fixed blade knife from start to finish. Not just that, but he actually builds two knives in order to demonstrate both basic and advanced knifemaking techniques.

(2012)

with Allen Elishewitz

In this video Allen teaches ten different embellishment techniques that you can use to take the look and presentation of your knives to the next level. We can define an embellishment as anything that adds design interest to a piece, and the techniques demonstrated here do just that.

J. Neilson - Towanda, Pennsylvania

J. Neilson

James (J.) Neilson is an American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith who works from his "shop in the woods" in the endless mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. There, he has been able to develop his longtime interests in knife making and forging into more than just a hobby. The quiet setting and scarcity of neighbors has been the perfect background to allow J. to develop his skills. He puts a great deal of effort into his wares, and he takes considerable pride in the finished products he produces.

(2016)

J. Neilson is an ABS Mastersmith who works from his shop in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. In this video, J. demonstrates how to build a basic full tang hunting knife. Watch him as he shows everything from the lighting of the forge to applying the knife’s final finish.

(2016)

In this video, J. demonstrates how to build a hidden tang hunting knife with a guard. Expanding on the principles taught in the DVD Basic Hunters, J. spends less time talking about forging and grinding and more time showing how to achieve an excellent fit between your hidden tang, guard, and handle.

(2016)

Watch ABS Mastersmith J. Neilson as he shows some of the tips and tricks that he uses in his shop. This video contains thirteen mini demonstrations covering a wide range of topics.

Paul Long - Kerrville, Texas

Paul Long

Paul Long started working with leather while attending Texas A&I back in 1951, and it remained a hobby of his until he retired in 1995. After retirement, Paul trained with a master boot and saddle maker for a year. This gave him a good foundation for taking his leather work into almost any direction. In 2004, Paul was asked to make some sheaths for a friend of his who made knives, and the rest is history. Now Paul specializes strictly in knife sheaths, and with nearly 60 years of experience in working with leather, he has become one of the leading sheath makers of our nation.

(2010)

with Paul Long

Paul Long specializes strictly in knife sheaths, and with nearly 60 years of experience in working with leather, he has become one of the leading sheath makers of our nation. Watch Paul as he builds a pouch sheath from start to finish. In this DVD Paul explains the materials used, the tools used, and the sheath making process in detail.

(2010)

with Paul Long

Paul Long specializes strictly in knife sheaths, and with nearly 60 years of experience in working with leather, he has become one of the leading sheath makers of our nation. This DVD expands on the techniques covered in Paul’s first DVD, Basic Pouch Sheaths. While you will get to watch Paul build a more complex sheath from start to finish.

(2014)

with Paul Long

Paul Long specializes strictly in knife sheaths, and with nearly 60 years of experience in working with leather. In this DVD, Paul builds three folder sheaths from start to finish. He builds a flap sheath, a pocket sheath, and a pouch sheath. In addition to the three folder sheaths, Paul also demonstrates how to inlay an exotic skin into a sheath.

(2011)

with Paul Long

This DVD is a supplement to Paul’s first two sheath DVDs. While Paul does not construct a finished sheath in this DVD, he does take the time to answer some viewer questions, demonstrate some advanced tooling techniques, and give valuable leather working tips that are a result of his many years of experience.

John Cohea - Nettleton, Mississippi

John Cohea

John Cohea is a frontier style knife maker and leather worker from Nettleton, Mississippi. He has always loved anything old, whether it be furniture, cars, antiques, ect. So it was only natural for him to specialize in knives, tomahawks, and leatherwork that reflect that interest.

(2010)

with John Cohea

Have you ever wanted to make a frontier style rawhide covered sheath but just didn’t know how? Here's all the information you’ll need to get started! Watch as frontier style knife maker and leather worker John Cohea takes you through the whole process.

(2011)

with John Cohea

John Cohea is a frontier style knife maker and leather worker from Nettleton, Mississippi. In this DVD, John builds upon the techniques that he taught in the previous DVD titled Basic Rawhide Sheath Construction.

(2017)

with John Cohea

In this video, John demonstrates how to make two rawhide neck sheaths. The first sheath is more of a traditional neck sheath where the knife extracts from the bottom. The second neck sheath is a conversion type of sheath that can be worn on either the neck or a belt.

(2013)

with John Cohea

In this DVD, John Cohea demonstrates the finishing techniques that he uses in order to give his knives that antique frontier look. In addition to these techniques, John also demonstrates a metal working process called Fold Forming.

Chad Nichols - Blue Springs, Mississippi

Chad Nichols

Chad Nichols is a knifemaker working out of Blue Springs, Mississippi. He specializes in making high quality Stainless Damascus , Carbon Damascus,  Mosaic Damascus, Moku-Ti, Zirku-Ti and Mokume.

(2010)

with Chad Nichols

Chad Nichols is a custom knifemaker from Blue Springs, Mississippi. In addition to making knives, Chad forges both carbon and stainless damascus, as well as mokume. Watch Chad as he demonstrates how to forge weld a billet of mokume out of copper, nickel silver, and brass.

(2002)

with Chad Nichols

I had the opportunity to spend the day with Chad Nichols and watch as he demonstrated how to forge weld mosaic damascus. This DVD covers the steps involved in making mosaic bolsters. In addition to the geometric mosaic pattern that is created in this DVD, Chad also explains and demonstrates how to prepare a Spider Web mosaic can.

Weldon Whitley - Odessa, Texas

Weldon Whitley

Weldon began making knives for the public in 1965. With a background in machining, he has been able to apply many of his machining skills to the trade of knife making. Weldon does his own embellishments to include engraving, scrimshaw, and file work in an effort to be the sole artist on his work. He and his wife Doris reside in Odessa, Texas where he now works as a full time knife maker.

(2011)

with Weldon Whitley

Making contoured bolster joints can be a challenge, especially if you do not have special machinery such as a pantograph mill. Watch Weldon as he teaches how to make contoured bolsters using a mold, a jig, and a drill press.

Bruce Evans - Boonville, Mississippi

Bruce Evans

Bruce Evans is a knifemaker in Bonneville, Mississippi, who makes everything from tomahawks to replication bowies.

(2002)

with Bruce Evans

I had the opportunity spend a day in Bruce Evans’ knife shop, and I watched as he forged out a spike tomahawk from a round bar of 5160 spring steel. I was so impressed with the process that I wanted to go back and document him as he forged out another one. This time I took my mini-dv camera with me, and as a result, I was able to produce this DVD.