For whatever reason, there is the usual Health and Safety stuff, which should be obvious red hot steel shouldn t be touched with your hands cause its hot or wear safety glasses sort of thing and then ignores further mention of blacksmithing fundamentals There are a few pages on various steels, some by their commercial names and others by composition, which is kind of nice, but there is barely enough to get started and someone with a reasonable degree of experience will likely know about the materials mentioned Making handles and sheaths is summarized in few pages Surprisingly, Loctite and 5 minute epoxy is apparently within the boundary of Traditional Technique Who knew Sharpening and surface finish is dealt with in a similarly truncated manner Its almost as if Mr Carter had been thinking at some early point about writing a book about basic blacksmithing employing some of the body of Japanese technique, but forgot what he was doing a few pages into each chapter.
This volume is unlikely to teach much, if anything, of practical value It does not offer basic intermediate advanced or culture specific technique People looking for information on the construction of Japanese cutlery, the design or reasoning behind the shape of the wide variety of knives available for various tasks in the kitchen, would be sorely disappointed Alex W Bealer s book, The Art of Blacksmithing is a much better general discussion of the topic of blacksmithing and a useful teaching tool, and Leon Kapp s volume, The Craft of the Japanese Sword has far coherent discussion of blade construction and finishing techniques of Japanese forgecraft, to name but two infinitely superior alternatives Bladesmithing with Murray Carter is merely a 160 page infomercial for Carter Cutlery, and one in need of an editor at that I got my copy for 5, and somewhat resent having wasted that much for so little.
Bladesmithing With Murray Carter Provides The Reader With An In Depth Look Into Traditional Japanese Cutlery Forging Techniques And Their Modern Applications A Non Stop Flow Of Inquiries To Murray Has Prompted Him To Reveal The Secret Techniques Learned During Years In Japan, Where He Lived And Worked As A Village Bladesmith He Now Shares This Wealth Of Information For The Benefit Of The Curious Reader And Japanese Knife Enthusiast Alike Owners Of Nearly , Of Murrays Knives Will Be Delighted To See A Comprehensive Book Written By The Knives CreatorFeatures Dazzling, Full Color Images, Including Many By Renowned Photographer Hiro SogaUnique And Extremely Rare Insight Into The Japanese Culture Through The Blue Eyes Of A Japanese Village BladesmithDetailed Explanations Of Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing Techniques That Until Now Have Been Cloaked In Mystery And MythEnough Detailed Information To Guide An Aspiring Bladesmith To Become A Successful Smith In The Japanese Style Of Blade Making Simply Fabulous, really good information from a different point of view.
A great book for both a someone who wants to learn how to forge a blade and intermediate smith looking to learn some new skills when forging a blade The book is geared to learning the Japanese style of forging a laminated blade, However the hammering technique can easily be applied to forging western mono steel blades.
This book using easy to understand language walks you through each step needed to forge a blade It covers everything from steel selection, Damascus and lamination techniques It even covers how to properly sharpen a blade using sharpening stones I have about 23 years of experience sharpening blades and even I learned how to put an even better edge onto my blade.
This book is now a favorite of mine that I will likely go back and read every now and then I highly recommend picking this book up regardless of your bladesmithing experience.
I am happy with this book What I have learned is going to set me on my way to bigger and better things a seriously skilled knife maker, buy it read it ,then after the 5th reading think about just how much you have learned