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April 7 2006
Don't spend big bucks on your knife shop!

You don't need to spend a fortune to start making fantastic knives. Noted knifemaker Wayne Goddard provides outstanding step-by-step instructions for making your own tools, finding the right steel and forging, grinding and heat-treating knives on a budget.

Wonderfully illustrated with full-color photography, Goddard's book guides you through the knifemaking process from start to finish and even includes a budget breakdown showing everything you need is available to bargain prices. Goddard even explains and demonstrates the making of wire Damascus blades with the simplest of tools.

Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop is a find companion volume to Goddard's book The Wonder of Knifemaking and provides all the details you need to start making knives on a budget.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal June 11 2011
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The title of Mr. Goddard's fine book advertises the ability to set up a knife shop for $50 and it delivers. Obviously you can't go into a hardware store and buy $50 worth of tools and supplies and have a fully functioning knife shop, but you certainly can do it by focusing your scrounging efforts. Goddard originally did this as a simple forged knife project for the 1988 Black Powder Annual. It subsequently turned into a series on knife-making in Blade magazine, called "The $50 Knife Shop." With an acknowledgement that these are prices from the late '80's - early '90's here is the cost list.

Coal Forge - $5
Makeshift Anvil and forge tools - $10
Grinder - $5
1955 Black and Deckr hand drill - $5
Drill press adapter - free
Toaster overn - $2
World's smallest forge - $10
Blade and handle material for 2 knives - $2
Total - $36

He also wound up building a belt grinder for $16 to simplify the knife making process.

Goddard covers both forged and stock removal methods in this manual, and he does it very well to my way of thinking. He explains each step, with plenty of pictures and anyone with simple to moderate skills should have no trouble working right along with him. He also deals with heat treating, Damascus steel, home made grinders and primitive knife making.

Of course, if you elect to go with a $200 knife shop, you will likley find the tasks even easier.

I have yet to start any of these projects, but Wayne Goddard has made me eager to give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome!! Clear and inspiring! July 11 2013
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This book is phenomenal! It is incredibly clear, full of great photos, and clear explanations. This book is a must have for anyone who wants to get into knife making without spending a fortune on a shop.

I am very inspired by Goddard's ability of blade-smith with primitive tools and I will be starting myself based on his ideas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You want this one. April 20 2013
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This was exactly the book I wanted. Covers forged and stock removal making. Stock removal is really the way to go for stainless blade making in modern times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars $50 knife shop Jan. 20 2013
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Was ok, I didn't thjink we needed do much info on making sanding machines. Need more info on cutting steel and shaping...not to bad of a book. I enjoyed it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much useless information and not enough basic information. May 6 2009
By A. Willis - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book to give me some guidance on making my first knife. I think that I am the intended audience for this book which stresses starting out and the $50 investement that making a knife can take. However, Wanye is too distracted by his 40+ years of knife making to be able to break down knife making for a newbie. He wants to tell you all sorts of little details that will not help you make your first knife. Like he gives you a history of what quench solutions he has used without telling you the proportions of the different ingredents in his current perfected mixture. So even if you wanted to duplicate his solution you couldn't. Also Wayne likes to scrounge yard sales and create grinders from old washing machines. So he spends a huge amount of time talking about all the gismos he has made and special jigs. Unfortunately he wants you to create all the stuff he has made over 40 years without any sort of details or dimensions. He just shows pictures and gives a few general comments about having found the parts at various yard sales and salvage yards.

He makes assumptions that you know things. Like he glossed over pinning a handle onto a knife by just saying to "pin it". I was left wondering, what is the pin for, what is it made of, how do you do it, ...

What I was really hoping for was a set of clear instructions to make "this" sample knife do 1, 2, 3, 4, ... but he does not give you that. I have been more helped by doing a google search and finding a few web sites that in just several pages tell you what to do step by step with enough detail that you can follow it.

I do not recommend this as your first book on knife making.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a nice knowledgable guy ... writes a disorganized frustrating mess of a book Feb. 17 2010
By Travisji Corcoran - Published on Amazon.com
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I just struggled through this book, and it's total lack of organization is maddening. The author jumps off on a thousand tangents, but can never finish a thought. He starts on one idea then moves on to another - he talks about how wheels on sanding machines can be made from scrap wheels, and mentions that he was recently at Pearl Harbor, and they had lots of carts there, so obviously there is a scrap yard somewhere where old wheels can be purchased.

WHAT ?!?!?

Due to the horrible editting the text often contradicts itself - to reference just the bit about grinders again, he talks about how scrap wheels are good, especially for hollow grinding ... but you need more precision if you're going to do certain things ... like hollow grinding.

I wanted to like this book, because the author is so clearly a friendly interesting guy...but the bottom line is this:

Pretty much every other book I've read on knifemaking is better than this one.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on forging Oct. 9 2007
By Trent Rock - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to FORGE a knife this is the book for you....If you want to BUILD a knife===>There are others more suited for that
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5.0 out of 5 stars $50 knife shop Feb. 7 2010
By Nathan Wloch - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book along with 3 other knife making books. Wayne does a good job of describing knife making procedures with a minimum of tools. If you are on a budget I would strongly recommend this book. It has LOTS of pictures and does a good job of explaining them unlike some other books. If you have a little more budget than $50 get David Boye's book Step by Step Knife Making or the Barney/Loveless book How to Make Knives
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource on blacksmithing knives on a budget Nov. 17 2010
By Will Kalif - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting book that takes a bit of a different tact when it comes to blacksmithing blades and knives. The title says it all. This is the fifty dollar knife shop. So, a whole lot of the material covered in this book is about simple forges, simple tools, and putting together a shop for knife making. So predominantly this is about the tools of blacksmithing. And about 20% of the book is about the actual process of making knives. You get two methods including the forging method and the stock removal method that doesn't require a forge. This 20% is very informative though -lots of pictures, diagrams and explanations of blades, blade shapes blades in the process of being forged and how to do it. If you want to make knives on a tight budget this is a great resource. - well, even if your budget is bigger you should still get this book. It's a great resource.
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