How to Draw a Knife

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A knife is a tool or implement used for cutting. Knives are also known as cutlery.

Knives have a long history. Ancient stone, bronze, and iron knives have been discovered at archeological sites. Historically and today, there are many different types of knives. Some have been used for weapons, others for preparing food.

Did you know? During the 1600s, only wealthy families had enough table knives to offer an implement to each guest at a meal. Instead, the common people carried their own personal eating knives. Men wore theirs on a belt or next to their sword, and women kept theirs tied to a girdle.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Knife

Knife drawing - step 1
How to Draw Knife: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a pair of curved lines and connect them on each end. This forms the top of the knife's handle.

Knife drawing - step 2
How to Draw Knife: Step 2

2. Draw two wavy lines extending from the top of the handle. These form the sides of the handle. Draw lines across the handle, connecting the previous lines and texturing the handle.

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Knife drawing - step 3
How to Draw Knife: Step 3

3. Draw a wavy line extending from the handle, continuing one of the previous lines. Double it back upon itself to enclose the shape of the handle. Then, draw curved lines across it.

Knife drawing - step 4
How to Draw Knife: Step 4

4. Enclose a rounded hexagonal shape at the end of the handle. Then, draw a curved line across it. This decorative feature at the end of the handle is called the pommel, derived from the French word for apple due to its spherical shape.

Knife drawing - step 5
How to Draw Knife: Step 5

5. Draw a small rectangle at the top of the handle. This is called the bolster, and it connects the knife blade to the handle.

Knife drawing - step 6
How to Draw Knife: Step 6

6. Extend a long, curved line from the bolster to form the top of the blade, called the swage.

Knife drawing - step 7
How to Draw Knife: Step 7

7. Draw a long, curved line connecting the tip of the blade and the opposite side of the bolster. Note how the blade narrows near the handle. This style of knife blade is called a drop point.

Knife drawing - step 8
How to Draw Knife: Step 8

8. Draw a straight line near the base of the blade. Then, draw an "L" shaped line connecting the bolster to the side of the blade base. This is the ricasso, "the heavy thick shank of the blade between the grind and the front bolster."

Knife drawing - step 9
How to Draw Knife: Step 9

9. Draw a line between the ricasso and the blade tip. This is called the cannelure, and it lessens the weight of the knife while maintaining its strength.

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How to Draw Knife: Step 10

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