I’ll be upfront and say that, while I have on occasion swooned over a counter display of  pocket knives from Case (I just love the rainbow of colors), or a skinner collection from Buck Knives, I know little about blades and hilts beyond the couple skinning knives in my deer hunting pack and the couple Wusthof kitchen knives I own.

Knives 2013 book reviewTruthfully, and with the exception of an antique stag-handled German carving set my mother refuses to let me prematurely inherit, I haven’t had much interest in knives beyond their utilitarian designs. But then I filled in and did a quick edit on Knives 2013, The World’s Greatest Knife Book—and my outlook changed completely.

I was dazzled, absolutely starstruck by the beautiful knives my colleague and fellow editor Joe Kertzman assembled in these pages. Sure, I knew there were custom blade makers out there who could truly be considered artists. And I’m passingly familiar with the story of Jim Bowie and the large, belt-sheathed creations that are his namesake. But wow, oh wow.

Whether you’re a devotee of Damascus blades, jewel encrusted daggers, butterfly knives that can cut through butterflies, and edges so sharp a surgeon would trade in his scalpel, or whether you’re someone like me (you mean these things do more than cut steak and tomatoes?), then you’re in for a complete and utter treat with Knives 2013.

Click here to order Knives 2013, The World’s Greatest Knife Book. Take a wander through, you’ll like what you find there!

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Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.