Through over 300 clear color photos and concise text, you can learn the materials, qualities, working styles, and decorating techniques of penknives. Learn the differences of carbon and alloyed steels, steel designations, and impressive damascene decoration. Knife blade types and steel polishes are featured as well as options for knife handle materials, including wood, horn, antler, bone, ivory, and mother-of-pearl. Explore handle decorating techniques that include engraving, etching, inlay, scrimshaw, and coloring. Once knives have been carefully studied, sheath manufacturing techniques using leather are also discussed. Finally, instructions are given to readers who wish to make their own knives. Collectors and all who appreciate the fine art of penknife making will treasure this book.