The Edgemaster's Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing, Using, and Maintaining Fixed-Blade and Folding Knives

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About The Book

Do you feel a soul-deep connection with knives and tools that are engineered to cut through other materials? Does having a sturdy knife on your person imbue you with a profound, but somehow unidentifiable, sense of security? The Edgemaster’s Handbook is just that: a book completely dedicated to the care and usage of knives. Whether handling a dagger, stiletto, or bolo, you’ll learn the knife’s purpose and how to use is properly while keeping the blade clean and yourself safe. Len McDougall has spent his entire life—almost sixty years—learning the nuts and bolts of staying alive under adverse conditions and the mastery of weapons. And now more than ever we will need to take his lessons seriously, as understanding what to expect and how to adapt will increase the odds for survival. Featuring methods that have been personally tested through hard, field-proven experiences, you will learn everything needed to use knives for both outdoor living and protection. Included in this book are many lessons on knives, including:

  • Sharpening a blade
  • How to properly identify different types
  • Collecting
  • Using for survival and self-defense
  • And so much more
  • Whether for the collector or the outdoorsman, McDougall shares all his knowledge and understanding of this tool for you to understand and better appreciate. The Edgemaster’s Handbook is just that; a collection of tips, tricks, lessons, and knowledge from a professional that will make sure you master the usage of knives in your daily life.

    About The Author

    Len McDougall is a field guide and wildlife tracker in Michigan’s north woods, where he teaches survival classes and tests outdoor products. He has written for Field & Stream and published several books, including The Self-Reliance Manifesto, The Complete Tracker, The Encyclopedia of Tracks and Scats, The Field & Stream Wilderness Survival Handbook, and Practical Outdoor Survival.

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Skyhorse (July 3, 2018)
    • Length: 240 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781510727717

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    Raves and Reviews

    "I have been eagerly awaiting this book. Being a knife maker, qualified, and knowledgeable comments are gold regarding my products. Len is certainly one who knows how to punish a knife and see what it's really made of!" —Chris Hayes, Chris Hayes Knives
    "The Edgemaster's Handbook is the new benchtop reference book for every knife and edge enthusiast." —Kyle Crawford, Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

    "I have been eagerly awaiting this book. Being a knife maker, qualified, and knowledgeable comments are gold regarding my products. Len is certainly one who knows how to punish a knife and see what it's really made of!" —Chris Hayes, Chris Hayes Knives
    "The Edgemaster's Handbook is the new benchtop reference book for every knife and edge enthusiast." —Kyle Crawford, Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

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