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Tactical Folding Knife [Paperback]

Bob Terzuola
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May 9 2000
Tactical knives are the hottest things on the cutlery market right now. Everybody wants one. Now every hobbyist can have the skills to make his or her own custom tactical folding knife. Step-by-step instructions and outstanding photography guide the knifemaker from start to finish.

Knifemaker Bob Terzuola has been called the father of the tactical folding knife. This book details everything from the basic definition of a tactical folder to the final polishing as the knife is finished. There is also a chapter on timesaving tips all knifemakers can use.

-Step-by-step instructions.
-Outstanding photos to guide the knifemaker.
-The geometry of the locking system.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for fledgling knife makers May 23 2000
Robert Terzuola's many years of experience as a custom knife maker are thoughtfully distilled into this handy and interesting book. "The Tactical Folding Knife" details and explains the many aspects of the design and construction of a modern folding knife. This book presupposes a certain level of technical proficiency regarding the use of the industrial tools needed to produce a folding knife of this type, but this fact does not detract from its accessibility for both the experienced machinist and the curious enthusiast. This book is broken down into chapters that illustrate not only the basic design and construction of a locking liner folding knife, but also includes chapters describing the characteristics of different component materials, helpful tips regarding specialized tools and a section on the care and maintenence of a finished knife. Although I don't think I will rush out and buy a lathe, I do feel that this book illuminates the subject in a way that can be appreciated by the layman as well as the experienced machinist
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in-print book on this topic June 15 2000
Robert Terzuola's name will be instantly recognizable to knife collectors the world over as the veteran maker of some of the finest tactical knives available. In this excellent book, Terzuola shares his knowledge of the new 'hot' item among collectors - the tactical folding knife.
The book covers design, shaping, fitting and finishing tactical folders in a refreshingly readable style. Simple enough for even non-knife enthusiasts yet detailed enough for new makers looking to improve their work - a great combination. Accompanied by masterful advice, clear step-by-step photographs, and superb diagrams of the famous linerlock mechanism, this book is worth every cent for the information value alone. If you are a beginning maker or simply interested in how much craftsmanship goes into these tools, you need to look no further than this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in-print book on this topic June 15 2000
By Andrew Limsk - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Terzuola's name will be instantly recognizable to knife collectors the world over as the veteran maker of some of the finest tactical knives available. In this excellent book, Terzuola shares his knowledge of the new 'hot' item among collectors - the tactical folding knife.
The book covers design, shaping, fitting and finishing tactical folders in a refreshingly readable style. Simple enough for even non-knife enthusiasts yet detailed enough for new makers looking to improve their work - a great combination. Accompanied by masterful advice, clear step-by-step photographs, and superb diagrams of the famous linerlock mechanism, this book is worth every cent for the information value alone. If you are a beginning maker or simply interested in how much craftsmanship goes into these tools, you need to look no further than this book.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for fledgling knife makers May 23 2000
By Warren Tandoc - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Terzuola's many years of experience as a custom knife maker are thoughtfully distilled into this handy and interesting book. "The Tactical Folding Knife" details and explains the many aspects of the design and construction of a modern folding knife. This book presupposes a certain level of technical proficiency regarding the use of the industrial tools needed to produce a folding knife of this type, but this fact does not detract from its accessibility for both the experienced machinist and the curious enthusiast. This book is broken down into chapters that illustrate not only the basic design and construction of a locking liner folding knife, but also includes chapters describing the characteristics of different component materials, helpful tips regarding specialized tools and a section on the care and maintenence of a finished knife. Although I don't think I will rush out and buy a lathe, I do feel that this book illuminates the subject in a way that can be appreciated by the layman as well as the experienced machinist
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts and Bolts information! July 13 2009
By K. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
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-First off- I was looking for a book to help me understand the physical qualities of a liner-lock and other aspects of knife construction. This book came recommended by a local blacksmith and an online connection.
-You will not be dissapointed by the detail, process, and talk-through of the various aspects of the lock, blade and design considerations explored here. Troubleshoting is included- as is tooling setup and the philosophy of "Why" things are done.
-I would reccomend this as one of the 3 books ANY aspiring knife/blade maker or value/appraisal person should own. Boyle- Terzoula- Goddard... between these 3- if you cant make a knife- you aint trying!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource but Hard to Find Oct. 12 2013
By Inca Orchid - Published on Amazon.com
After reading various reviews on how useful the information in this book is and how hard to find I decided to look for an electronic alternative.

I found the e-version on goggle(sic) play books. The price was extremely affordable.
This review is intended to describe how very useful I found the material to be.
Bob Terzuola is an extraordinary knife maker and designer. His designs are used today by some of the best knife makers.

I also wanted to share my discovery that even this expensive and very hard-to-find book CAN be acquired by us regular guys. I am NOT advertising
for goggle(sic) but people should know that this information is available.

Hope this helped someone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitaly necessary book. Nov. 10 2013
By David Rappoport - Published on Amazon.com
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This was everything I needed to switch from making fixed blade knives to folding knives. He makes it look simple. It isn't but he makes it look that way. Great book and a must for any aspiring knife maker.
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