"Making a Narrow Tang Knife" by Kevin and Heather Harvey

    Finally, after more than 2 years, our COVID lockdown project book is ready! "How to Make a Narrow Tang Knife" American Bladesmith Society Master Bladesmiths, Kevin and Heather Harvey, will guide you through every step while creating a narrow tang knife. From selecting the correct steel to explaining the intricacies of heat treatment. Everything will be covered, from grinding and polishing blades to fitting the guard and handle, and eventually finishing it off with a sturdy sheath.  270 pages with 880 clear color photos with detailed descriptions make it easy to follow the process.  Foreword by Daniel O’Malley, president of In this book, four different knife manufacturing methods are covered, including a section on making a knife without many power tools. Even if you have never made a knife before, you should be able to successfully complete a narrow tang knife using the information from this book. If you are a seasoned knifemaker, you will still gain valuable tips and hints shared by these two excellent Master Bladesmiths. After teaching more than 2 000 students over the past 20+ years, Kevin and Heather know only too well what students struggle with. In this book, they line you up for success during every step of the process. Kevin and Heather Harvey have dedicated their lives to sharing their knowledge of the forged blade. This is the first book in the “Heavin Knows” series of workshop manuals. Kevin and Heather are both authorized instructors in Bladesmithing with the American Bladesmith Society. Regular classes are presented at their Heavin Forge Bladesmithing Studio and School in South Africa. They have also taught at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing in the U.S.A. Heavin Forge, their bladesmithing school, is one of nine ABS- recognized schools globally, with seven of them being in the U.S.A, and one in Belgium.

How to buy a copy of our book.

If you live in South Africa, you can buy a softcover book directly from us.  Please email us at and let us know if you would like the book personalized. The book costs R600 plus R150 for the courier.  We will need your full physical address and cell number for the courier. The book can be bought from our online school for U.S $20 as a downloadable .pdf. We suggest you print it out in color as the forging and heat treatment sections colors are essential, or you can view it on your laptop. Here is the link for that book If you would like a softcover copy of the book in South Africa, They are available from: This book costs R600 each plus courier fees (which is about the same price as a nice piece of handle material!) Internationally you can buy our book as a “print-on-demand” book from the following suppliers who normally ship within a couple of days and some even don’t charge for postage!  The prices vary by country. The United States & Canada Via Ingram Book Group, IngramSpark titles are automatically made available to tens of thousands of:
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We would love to see any knives you make from the information in this book.  Please email the photos to If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you. Stay sharp! Heavin        

Baselard dagger by Kevin Harvey

Grinding a dagger - Kevin Harvey Filmed at Black Dragon Forge at the Southern African Bladesmith Association Hammer-In, 24 August 2019.  Thanks to Neels van den Berg for the footage.                 

Kevin's Bowie.

Bowie Forging, Grinding and Heat Treatment Video. Kevin Harvey M.S. at the Goldfields Knifemakers Club Hammer-In demonstrates the forging, grinding, and heat treatment of a Bowie knife.  He talks about the history, types, uses, and steel selection as well as basic carbon steel heat treatment.  Livestreamed from Seppie's Forge in Odendaalsrus, just outside Welkom in the Free State, South Africa on 11 September 2021.  There is a slideshow for the first 8 minutes and the video runs for just under 8 hours.