Got some time on your hands. Put down that hot pocket and get off the couch. Master the moment and build your knife skills. If you’re a blade buff, here’s a one-stop roundup of skill building resources to get you going.
If you’re ever stuck somewhere with a dull blade and no sharpener, you’ll be glad you learned these clever hacks from Kevin Estela.
EJ Snyder shows you how. Just make sure you’re packing paracord. Scratch that. We know you’re already packing paracord because that’s how you roll.
Tap into wilder days and explore your primitive side. Christopher Nyerges shows you the “finer points” of flint knapping, the skill that allows you to make arrowheads and other blades out of rock. You likely have some of the 11 items you need lying around in your garage or shed. Take a hike to find your raw materials, and get knapping.
Like most things, building a fire is easier if you have a knife on you. Dwayne Unger teaches you how to make a feather stick.
How To Forge a Knife
“I think this might be a good time for me to learn how to forge a knife,” my neighbor hollered over the fence at me as his wife shook her head slowly in the background. “Grrrrl,” her expression told me, “This lockdown is officially too long.”
My neighbor’s rigorous prep so far? Watching all the Forged in Fire episodes, of course. Most knife aficionados I know have spent some time as YouTube apprentices, so I pointed him to some basic how-to overviews like this, this, and even this video, which doesn’t require a forge. I also told him about the knife making classes at Blade. (Spoiler alert: He’s going.)
I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking I probably need some more knives. Consider these five types as you build your collection, recommends Dana Benner. Plus, three essential elements for knife care.