Advanced Linerlock Folding Knife


Rick Dunkerly

Class runs: May 13-17

Tuition: $850

Material fee: $100

Skill level: Intermediate and up, MUST have attended "Basic Liner Lock" or equivalent; proficient working knowledge of knifemaking tools and equipment, proficient in accurate layout, drilling, tapping and blade grinding.

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      In this five day class students will bring an advanced level of design using the “Liner Lock” mechanism.

     The goal will be for each student to pursue making a liner lock folder of their own design or adjust some instructor provided patterns to an advanced level of design and detail based on their skill sets.

      Topics covered will include advanced liner lock design and construction, proper lock geometry within the design and several essential options such as; curved bolster/handle fitting, picture frame handles, file work, carving and texturing.

          This is an intermediate/advanced class. Each perspective student must have had Rick’s Basic Linerlock course plus a few years of making folding knives or the equivalent as established by the instructor.



Rick Dunkerly first started making knives in 1984. He made his first Damascus steel in 1991. Rick received his ABS journeyman smith rating in 1995, Rick’s main focus has been Damascus steel, particularly mosaic and composite bar blades. Rick attained the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith rating in 1997. He has been a full-time knifemaker since 1996, except for the two month’s each fall that he operates as an outfitter in Montana’s Scapegoat Wilderness. Rick now specializes in Damascus folding knives.

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