"Shooter’s Bible” books have long been a staple in any firearm enthusiast’s library, and the venerable publication has, for the first time, set its sights on knives. Long before man learned to make projectile weapons of any kind, and tens of thousands of years before we harnessed the power of gunpowder, knives ensured our species’ survival. They continue to do so today in food processing, hunting and self-defense. It is the latter two categories upon which the “Shooter’s Bible Guide to Knives” focuses, with more than 400 models from 42 manufacturers covered.
More than a sampling of the knives available for self-defense, hunting and utility work, the book also includes four feature articles on subjects ranging from “Knife Anatomy” to “Folding Knives for Self-Defense,” all of which provide useful information for anyone who owns a knife of any kind. While the average gun guy probably owns several knives and might even carry one for odd jobs or even defensive purposes, most of us don’t know much about these tools apart from the fact they are sharp and can cut things. It might surprise you to learn the advanced technology behind modern iterations of this ancient tool.
From metallurgy to the dozens of blade shapes that have evolved over the millennia to advanced polymers used in handles, the book explains how knives are designed and manufactured in an easy-to-understand manner perfect for anyone curious about their cutter. And, the well-organized guide puts all this information up front, so the reader understands what he’s reading by the time he reaches the full-color photos and descriptions of the more than 400 blades profiled.
Each of the knives covered includes a detailed list of specifications, including MSRPs, to help you select the appropriate model for your needs. Major manufacturers are introduced with a brief history of their knife-making operations, along with information about their design and manufacturing processes today. This can range from mass production overseas to a single bladesmith handcrafting steel and ambrosia spalted maple into a custom work-of-art fit for a museum. Sharpeners from eight manufacturers are also included to ensure your blades retain their edge over years of heavy use.
Anyone who owns or is looking to purchase a knife would be well-served by “Shooter’s Bible Guide to Knives.” It is chock-full of information on a tool mankind harnessed probably before he learned to use fire, and it teaches valuable lessons on the knife’s many uses.