When I began working on this Knife Steel Nerds website I didn’t think I would write a book. I was doing this website instead of a book. And now after spending hundreds of hours and many months I have had time to reflect on why I wrote it:
- Knife Steel Nerds readers have been asking me for one. Apparently just because someone reads a blog doesn’t mean that they don’t also want a book to read. When I am asked for something I try to deliver!
- Reading comprehension is worse when reading on screens . Personally, I find myself skimming a lot more when I read on my devices and I am a lot less patient with long articles. Reading a book is a different experience.
- Superior editing. I sent draft copies to a group of all-stars for suggestions and feedback including Devin Thomas, George Krauss, John Verhoeven, Roman Landes, Shawn Houston, and Cliff Stamp. The book is certainly a lot better after their ideas were incorporated.
- A book feels more permanent than articles on the internet. When the world’s internet crashes and the singularity leads to us hiding in underground bunkers we will still have copies of Knife Engineering to enjoy.
- Different mediums have different advantages. Blogs are good for one-off type subjects along the lines of 13 Myths about Heat Treating Knives or articles about current events like the release of the new CPM S45VN steel, and providing updates on individual experiments like CATRA edge retention testing of 48 knife steels. However, individual articles are usually limited in scope and sometimes commenters will ask, “Why didn’t you cover this?” when of course I can’t cover everything in an article on a specific topic. A book allows a broader introduction to a range of different areas and presenting them in a relatively logical order. It is easier to show how everything fits together.
- I can’t give the necessary background within every individual article. In many articles on this website I end up linking to older articles like crazy, i.e. To learn more about austenitizing, click here; if you don’t know how nitrogen affects steel, click here, etc. And according to my website’s statistics not many people click on those links so I think most people plow ahead hoping they can make sense of it anyway.
- This website has gotten too big. There are currently 108 articles and 270,400 words on this website before I click publish on this one. It’s very intimidating to new readers and they don’t know where to start. The book assumes you know almost nothing about knives and by the end of reading it you will know quite a bit about knives and steel.
I thought the above list was well written. I can’t wait to read the book.View Linked Article