How to Make Knife Bolsters
A bolster on a knife is the area that connects the knife blade to the handle. On a forged knife, the bolster adds weight to the handle end of the knife and acts as a counter weight to the heavy bladed end. The bolster can also act as a grip guard on a knife, protecting the cutting hand. Adding a bolster to a knife handle can give the knife a better balance and make it easier to use. Adding a bolster requires two pieces of steel, to be attached to each side of the blade.