This is the biggest project I have ever worked on, spending many, many hours to write the comprehensive tale about steel and knives. If you have ever wanted to learn more about the inner workings of the knife industry, this book is for you. Wherever possible I used firsthand accounts from metallurgists and knifemakers to explain why they innovated and how. I will give links to buy so they aren’t lost on the page and then I will explain more:
The development of different forge welding and Damascus patterning techniques from the 1970s to today.
How did we get exciting new steels in knives like 440C, 154CM, S30V, and MagnaCut?
How did custom knifemaking become such a huge market?
Where did the “forged vs stock removal” debate come from?
How did factory knives evolve from simple, standard pocket knives to boundary-pushing designs and materials?
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KNIFE Publisher Mark Zalesky was a consultant on the project. I am not completely sure of the extent, but I know that he and Larrin have been in regular contact.
Read Dr. Larrin’s whole post about the book:
New Book! The Story of Knife Steel – Innovators Behind Modern Damascus and Super Steels