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Mar 09, 2016

Eastern Tradition In Western Hands - A Japanese Apprentice Bladesmith

created at: 03/07/2016The journey of an apprentice is a long and hard road, with many hours of thankless work under a master that at some point will hopefully be surpassed in skill and knowledge. Here's an interview with a Western student learning Japanese bladesmithing from an Eastern expert.  

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Dec 11, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why a Quality Multi-Tool Belongs in Every Tool Kit...and Which One You Should Get

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

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When you've spent the last fifty weeks talking about the importance of dedicated, high-quality tools, a single combo unit that replicates a great deal of those already mentioned might not be the next obvious choice.

But we're declaring the multi-tool essential for one very simple reason: it

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Sep 17, 2015

Make This: Repurpose A Saw Blade Into a Knife

Laying out a SawbladeInterested in starting down the road of metalworking but not sure where to start? Try this project to make a knife from a sawblade to get your hands a bit dirty.  

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Aug 12, 2015

The Best Steak Grilling Trick You Haven't Heard Of

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Food writer Sherry Rujikarn calls this technique for getting tender, well-seasoned meat "the best steak grilling trick you haven't heard of." It's simple, takes about twenty extra seconds, and looks to be pretty promising.   

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Jul 27, 2015

How to: Turn Old Butter Knives into a Set of High-Quality Steak Knives

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In case you've never looked into it, a set of steak knives is, like, super expensive. Even a reasonably priced, high-quality set, like these six rosewood-handled knives from Victorinox, will set you back $130. Which, to be fair, works out to about $22 a piece, but, c'mon, if you were gonna spend $130 on some knives, would you really want to get a speciality tool you'll only you five or six times a year when you cook up some serious protein for guests?   

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Jul 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Must-Have Knives, Shears, and Cutting Blades for the Workshop

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

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When we think about tools that cut things in the workshop, we tend to focus on the big stuff: table saws, metal cut-off tools, or even a chainsaw. Or perhaps we think of tools designed for dedicated tasks: an angle grinder, or a jig saw. But, know what the two items I most regularly pull down off my pegboard, even more than a hammer? Whose little silhouettes remain most routinely bare and hooks unfilled?  

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He says,

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Nov 11, 2014

How to: Repair Worn-Out Cutting Boards with a Few Simple Steps

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Have you ever pulled out your cutting board just before dinner to find a rather large crack running up the middle of it? When you pay a fortune for a good board, problems like this can make you hesitant to want to throw them out for another one. Frank Howarth recently posted an inspirational process video for a repair job he did on some rather large sushi cutting boards for a local restaurant.    

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Jul 01, 2014

Video: The Craft of Creating Handmade Scissors

Scissors are a simple tool. When the work, they work beautifully, doing exactly what you ask, as they've done since you learn how to work a pair in Kindergarten. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, England is one of the last remaining hand-manufacturer of scissors - high-quality shears crafted from the best materials and designed for a lifetime of use.    

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Jun 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Leather Wall-Mounted Knife and Tool Rack

Magnetic strips and drawers and knife blocks begone! This custom solution allows you to add some serious texture to your kitchen or workspace while protecting the edges of your tools - with a leather knife and tool rack.    

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May 06, 2014

The History of the Pocket Knife

Most of us have a personal history of the pocket knife: that little folding multi-style you got after learning proper care in Cub Scouts, or perhaps a hand-me-down model from a relative. It went with you everywhere...well, everywhere it was appropriate for a little kid to carry a sharp object. And whether you still carry one everyday (I took nearly two decades off, but have recently moved it back into my daily carry items), there's no denying its proven utility...utility that's been appreciated for generations.

Cool Material takes a look at the complete history of the pocket knife. And by complete, I don't just mean the last few centuries of variations on a design...I'm talking millennia.    

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Apr 30, 2014

Make a "Bushcraft" Wooden Comb with Only a Pocket Knife

For those interested in taking only the most minimalist approach to DIY projects, check out this bushcraft wooden comb. 

It's carved from a sliver of hardwood using only a pocket knife and a steady hand.     

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Nov 20, 2013

The Process: Crafting a High End Kitchen Knife from Scratch

Murray Carter is the 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. He was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but and traveled to Japan when he was eighteen, inspired by a karate competition. There, he encountered the Japanese bladesmith tradition, and he stayed in Japan for half his life and apprenticed under a Japanese bladesmith for six years.

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Murray now works at his own shop just outside Portland, Oregon, and the Tristan Stoch and the Cineastas film crew visited his workspace to create this fascinating portrait of what actually goes into forging and shaping this precision tools by hand.    

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Nov 14, 2013

The Anatomy of a Folding Pocket Knife

An interesting little graphic that details what's actually going on inside

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Aug 20, 2013

Video: Take a Quick and Fascinating Tour of the Leatherman Multitool Factory

Fun fact of the day: the Leatherman multitool company is actually named for its founder, Tim Leatherman. I'd always imagined it being a vision of some hardcore Platonic ideal of a rugged tinkerer with everything at the ready. Kat Bauman and Outlier Solutions took this totally engaging look at the Leatherman factory in Portland, Oregon, and the production and design process of its eponymous tools.

Check out the video below for some history and a look at how these tools are conceived and manufactured:   

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Feb 04, 2013

The Man Ring: A Titanium Band with Built-In Tools

While the name is a little...uh, overt, the concept behind "The Man Ring" is pretty much brilliant: a more-or-less traditional metal band with

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Dec 05, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: December 5, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Boulder, Co-based land artist creates this incredible balanced rock sculptures in landscape from found materials. Yep, those are real rocks. And this one: (!)    

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Jul 16, 2012

Roundup: 20+ Ways to Use a Pocketknife

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I am not a regular pocket knife carrier. I own one; it's in a dresser drawer and I get it out whenever I go camping, or I manage to take a package or box upstairs and need to open it. So, like twice a year.

But, I imagine I reach for something sharp and/or pointy and/or thin and stiff at least three times a day. And after reading this list, I'm thinking maybe I might need to add a small pocketknife to my watch, keys, and other daily carries.  

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Jul 02, 2012

Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Hot Dogs for Grilling

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The humble hot dog has been experiencing a renaissance lately: chefs are adding gourmet toppings and custom sauces, creating entire composed dishes in one bite. But, at home, it doesn't always make sense to make braised short ribs, three different purees, and a pickled slaw or two just to put on top of some store bought hot dogs.

So, if you wanna make your home-grilled hot dogs extra special this summer, opt for a physical, rather than a recipe change: spiral-cut it.  

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May 17, 2012

How to: Make a Wooden Magnetic Knife Strip

A wall-mounted magnetic strip is the best way to store and organize kitchen knives, chisels, carving tools, and other sharp objects. It not only protects the sharpness of the tools and maintains their fine edges, but it keeps your hands safe while you're storing the tools, and out of the way when you're not using them.  

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