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August 2021

BLADE magazine is the world’s #1 knife publication, covering all aspects of the industry: knifemaking, how-to’s, collecting, legislation and knife rights, and much more. Inside each issue you’ll find: Coverage of the hottest and most collectible handmade knives and their values Complete listings of the industry's most important shows and events Knife collecting tips from the experts The most up-to-date knife legislation info

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Caribou Media, LLC
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13 Issues

in this issue

5 min
how to forge in the summer

Like most forgers, I try to build a stockpile of damascus and differentsized blades in the winter months when the temperature is below 50 degrees F. Sometimes, because of where you live, it might not drop below 70 degrees F. Hot is hot no matter where you forge, and there will be a time when you have to forge no matter how high the temperature is. Here are some helpful hints to get you through the hot times. HYDRATE “Pre-hydrate” the day before you are going to forge. Also, drink plenty of water during forging and aft erward. I use a squirt bottle to spray myself during forging to add extra cooling. Staying hydrated should keep those nasty headaches away. LIMIT HEAT EXPOSURE If you are lucky enough to have a second person that knows…

7 min
my 3 favorite combat knives

Since this is BLADE®’s annual military issue, I thought it might be nice to revisit knives I believe are among history’s best for those who have fought and died in conflicts of many types. They are my three favorite combat knives. One is known as a pesh-kabz, a form of dagger used in Persia and Northern India for centuries. The originals made circa the 17th to 19th centuries are up to 18 inches overall. The blades are narrow, straight and bolstered and usually T-backed like a Khyber knife, though narrow and stiff for piercing chain mail. I bought mine from an elderly man who stated that during World War II he served with the British army. While driving a lory over the Khyber Pass he acquired the knife from one of…

1 min
win a knife!

Tell us what knife you carry. Add a little history or an anecdote. Try to include a photograph—if digital, at least 600 KB but no larger than 2 MB—of you with your knife. We will publish your comments in an upcoming “The Knife I Carry.” Your name will then be entered in a drawing to win a free, high-quality, name-brand knife. The drawing will be November 15. Mail to: BLADE ®, 5600 W. Grande Market Dr., Ste. 100, Appleton, WI 54913, or e-mail steve@blademag.com. If you send your entry by e-mail, please include your physical mailing address in case you win the knife.…

4 min
where to get ’em

THE CHUTE P. 12 A.G. Russell Knives, Attn: Debbie Myers, Dept. BL8, 2900 S. 26th St., Rogers, AR 72758 479 631-0055 debbiem@agrussell.com www.agrussell.com; John Denton, c/o Bad Bob’s Knives, 703 Hiawassee Est. Dr., Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-781-8479 boblovelessknives.com, jwdenton@windstream.net; Bob Dozier Dozier Knives and Arkansas Made Dozier, Dept. BL8, PO Box 1941, Springdale, AR 72765 Contact: 888-823-0023/479-756-0023, (fax) 479-756-9139, info@ dozierknives.com, dozierknives.com; Steve Johnson, Dept. BL8, 202 E 200 N, PO Box 5, Manti, UT 84642 Contact: 435-835-7941, srj@mail.manti.com, srjknives.com BACK-UP BLADE BLISS P. 20 Cold Steel, c/o GSM Outdoors, Dept. BL8, 5250 Frye Rd., Irving, TX 75061 877-269-8490 info@gsmorg.com, www.coldsteel.com; Puma SGB, Attn: T. Guthrie, Dept. BL8, 13934 West 108th St., Lenexa, KS 66215 913-888-5524 www.pumaknifecompanyusa.com, customerservice@pumaknifecompanyusa.com; RMJ Tactical, Dept. BL8, Attn: Ryan Johnson, 3100 N. Hawthorne St., Chattanooga, TN 37406 866-779-6922…

10 min
the chute

Harry Archer was a somewhat shadowy figure. At the height of the Vietnam War, he was engaged in nasty business—fighting a stealthy enemy in a steaming jungle, sometimes up close and all too personal. Those who knew Archer acknowledged that some of his exploits were “larger than life.” They considered him an early nonmovie version of author David Morrell’s fictional character of John Rambo*. Still, Archer was real, flesh and blood. And it seems altogether fitting that re-BLADEresponding to his need for knives that “deliver” in a tight spot—survival, seconds along the fine line between life and death—he would come to know and rely on another legend. According to John Denton, perhaps the world’s foremost authority on the knives of BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Bob Loveless, Loveless and the man he…

3 min
readers respond

He-Man/She-Woman Syrup I have always enjoyed BLADE® Magazine field editor Abe Elias’s knife reviews. His knowledge and professionalism, as well as his unbiased reviews, are a pleasure to read. That said, he is a victim of the famous quote by the old-time philosopher Will Rogers, who said, “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” In his article on emergency EDCs in the February issue, Abe made the statement that no breakfast syrup compares to Canadian maple syrup. I agree that Canadian maple syrup is great for light and airy pancakes or Belgian waffles. However, for anyone who wants a real he-man or shewoman breakfast syrup, it most certainly is Louisiana pure cane syrup, best served on cat-head biscuits. Pancakes or waffles with maple syrup are a distant second in this part of…