Looking for instructions in bladesmithing that'll put you on the cutting edge of the custom blade market? Then this definitive guide to forging world-class blades is for you. Written by a master bladesmith, this book tells you how to set up your forge, select your materials, fashion grips and hilts, grind edges and much more! Anyone who has ever searched for good custom blades knows that they are hard to find. Stop wasting time looking for the perfect blade and make your own! The Complete Bladesmith will show you how to take a bar of steel and forge it into the blade of your dreams. This guide to smithing world-class blades is for the novice and experienced bladesmith alike. With this book you will be able to build your own forge, equip your workshop, choose your materials from the exotic to the mundane and get to work. You'll jump at the chance to heat steel, bending, folding, cutting and stretching it. Finally, you'll put the perfect grind on the new blade; fit the softest, hardest or the most exotic wood to the grip; and slip your blade into your handmade sheath. Whether you want a survival blade, commando dagger, broadsword, tanto, or just a trustworthy utility knife, it's all here. Enter the custom blade world with an edge! About the Author Jim Hrisoulas is a master bladesmith specializing in medieval broadswords and daggers and Damascus pattern welding. He has almost 30 years of experience at the forge.