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A question came up on another forum about proportions of handles to blades and the ensuing discussion was rather diverse. It did lead me to put together a short step-by-step of how to design a knife from scratch and I thought I might post it here for those of you struggling with freehand sketching and getting the form and profile to flow. First I decide on what type of knife it will be. For this one, I will do a smallish Bird & Trout/EDC knife. In the first step, I draw a cross on a piece of plain paper. This represents the Center line of the handle and the front face of the guar
Hello all, I have been studying most aspects of Katana making for about 8 years now, and have been using them as a martial artist long before that. I have just now got the guts to try my hand, and as I attained so much valuable information from this forum I figured it was the least I could do to give a little back by documenting my progress here. First I would like to show a process I've used to analyze swords digitally. I use Google Sketchup to do this. I import images (finding good images is half the battle) after turning on high resolution in sketchup, then scale it to size based of