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Art of the Knife [Hardcover]

Joe Kertzman

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Book Description

Aug. 22 2007
Not One Knife is Unworthy. Every Photo is Exquisite!

Art of the Knife showcases, in full color professional-grade photography, 500 of the world's finest art knives made.

These are the artists' art knives - sculpted cutting machines embellished with scrimshaw, engraving, gold, precious stone inlays, carving and etching.

It's a parade of pearl, ivory, mammoth tooth, Damascus, silver ware, exotic wood, diamonds, rubies and more. It will definitely be a conversation piece when displayed on your coffee table, as well as an inspiration for artists and knife makers alike.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; 4th Revised edition edition (Aug. 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896894703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896894709
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #742,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Kertzman has authored 12 editions of the Knives annual book, as well as the Art of the Knife, BLADE's Guide to Making Knives and four editions of Sporting Knives. Joe is also Managing Editor of BLADE Magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, stunning work Oct. 30 2007
By Gary Gargan - Published on Amazon.com
This book blew me away, guess i ordered it without paying alot of attention, it is a hardcover and has stunning full page photographs through out the book. The emphasis on each page is on the knives, what materials where used and other info. This book differs from David Darom in that respect, for the money the Darom book at $25 would be a better purchase with more info on the individual makers and demonstrations of their techniques, but don't get me wrong, this book is stunning, really close up photos, lots and lots of knives. Well worth the money for any custom collector or knife maker out there. I give it a 5 star
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book; Art of the Knife Aug. 12 2008
By George Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone that is visually oriented, this book is overdrive for the senses! The photography is extraordinary, the knives appear to be at arms reach. Good close up detail, fantastic color along with full pages of multiple knives and exposures put this book at the 100% satisfaction level for artistic integrity. Anyone interested in photographing their own knives will certainly appreciate the shot set up photos and information supplied about achieving these results. I have already modified my microscope stand to take advantage of using reflected light and am thrilled with the results! The text associated with the photos is insightful from the knife makers point of view, making for an informative and pleasant read, get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the quality Dec 31 2007
By James R. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Quite a few books concernig custom knives have been published recently. What sets Art of the Knife apart is the premise Joe Kertzman established at inception. He challenged the knifemaker to submit their absolute best effort to possibly be included. Kertzmans' unique vantage point in the custom knifemaking world and his desire to produce a standout high quality coffee table hardbound does not disappoint. From the opening page he let's the reader know that the book is about the knives and the makers who created them. Easily the best book on the subject I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of the Knife Review Sept. 20 2010
By Ray Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very comprehensive collection of some of the artistic designs created by the worlds top knife makers. The author Joe Kertzman has obviously dedicated hundreds of hours of research in putting together all of this information and the photographs in this book are nothing short of superb.

I purchased this book because I am a long time admirer of fine cutlery and art in any of it's forms. I highly recommend this book to other knife makers, jewelers, artists, hobbyists, photographers or anyone interested in the subject of artistic knife making. I'm impressed!

For me this book is full of ideas and worth every cent that I paid for it so go ahead and get yourself a copy.

Ray Burton

5.0 out of 5 stars Knives like jewelry June 23 2013
By Sharky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The "Art of the Knife" is a review of some of the finest knives ever made. If you actually use knives everyday, this is not really your cup of tea. If you appreaciate beauty and craftsmanship you will love this book.

The photos in this book are top-notch, as are the knives presented. These knives are a type of art. The materials used, the techniques applied, the use of Damascus steel are unsurpassed. This is a great book to have around for inspiration or just for conversation. This is a collector's arena. The prices on these knives can be out of this world. At least like a trip to the jewerly store with your wife, who picks one of the most expensive pieces in the showcase.

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