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Blade Complete Knife guide

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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13 Issues


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cover cutter

The Crossroads is the first collaboration between Kirby Lambert and Reate Knives. The blade operates on double-row ceramic ball bearings in a Ti Connector pivot design, and secures open via a framelock mechanism. The pocket clip jumps from the carbon fiber handle in the grey bead blast. The Crossroads is as handsome closed as it is open, here in the black PVD coating. Blade steel is Bohler M390 stainless. This is the grey bead blast version. Lambert’s black widow spider logo graces the obverse side of the blade. This is the version with the black PVD coating. Designed by Kirby Lambert, the Crossroads cover knife from Re-ate Knives represents the first collaboration between the award-winning Canadian knifemaker and Reate.The symmetrical flipper folder has…

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both sides of the table

Adam Drescher is known throughout the knife industry for the animal skins, particularly rayskin, and the accessories made of them he sells through his Adam Unlimited. He’s also known by many for a career spanning three decades playing various small character parts in the movie and television industries (page 78).Like many knife enthusiasts, he first got into knives as a collector. And also like many who have turned a knife avocation into a vocation, that vocation came about in large part through his avocation.Adam started Adam Unlimited in 1999 and will celebrate both his 20th year in the business and his 20th BLADE Show in 2019. However, his custom knife connection dates back over a decade before that to 1988 when he first began collecting custom knives. As a…

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get ‘em while they’re sharp

Vibrant colors, replaceable-blade knives, sharpeners with self-contained storage units, improved lock mechanisms, all-skeletal construction, personal designs and more are but an inkling of what you can expect from the new factory knives and sharpeners debuting in 2019. Check out these and other designs, including when the knives and sharpeners will be available for sale to the public, on this and the following pages. BIG ORANGE Orange stands out on the Bear OPS AC-500ROB4-B automatic from Bear & Son Cutlery. The 3-inch modified tanto blade is Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel and operates via a button-lock system. The handle is orange and black G-10 and comes equipped with a window breaker, seatbelt cutter and reversible pocket clip. Weight: 4.4 ounces. Closed length: 4 7/8 inches. MSRP: $175.Contact Bear & Son…

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all aboard the nitro express!

Nitro-V stainless comprises the 7.5-inch blade of the Jungle Combat by RMJ Tactical. Blade thickness: .195 inch. Weight: 13.5 ounces. Overall length: 12 inches. MRP: $395 (includes a Kydex sheath). What with global manufacturing in full bloom it’s near impossible to keep pace with all the new blade steels barraging today’s cutlery market. The best way to keep up is to watch for steel types that continue to emerge in custom knifemaker circles, where most new steels are tested and techniques for using them are passed among the makers themselves. One such steel is Nitro-V, a budding new stainless with a touch of nitrogen, hence the name.Knifemaker/ BLADE® field editor Kim Breed said Nitro-V is “very easy to grind either annealed or hardened. I use it mostly for stock…

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what others say about nitro-v

Designed by RMJ Tactical’s Charles Taylor, the Sparrow is another of RMJ’s knives to employ Nitro-V stainless for blade steel. Handles: 3D machined G-10. Blade and overall lengths: 3.1 and 7 inches. Sheath: Kydex w/biothane belt loop or hybrid model. MSRPs: $195 each. Kim Breed said Nitro-V keeps a very keen edge, is wear resistant and the equivalent of AEB-L stainless steel in terms of corrosion resistance. “It’s my ‘go-to’ stainless steel,” he observed. It appears here on Breed’s H-Dag. According to zknives.com, Nitro-V’s edge stability is “very similar to 52100 carbon steel, which does count as an achievement since 52100 is known for its fine edge and stability … in addition to that you have a really stain-resistant steel. Nitro-V’s recommended working hardness is in the…

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power of the axe conclusion

Editor’s note: Last time the author outlined the impact of the Bronze Age and, more importantly, the Iron Age on the construction and efficiency of the axe. This time, in the conclusion, he studies the historical role of the Viking axe and how it influenced the design of his Emerson Battle Axe. Heading north to the wild woods of what the Romans called Germania lay a culture that did not possess Rome’s sophisticated organizations and governmental structure. The northern cultures consisted of smaller, loose configurations of tribes and social alliances led by chieftains and leaders possessed of charisma, leadership qualities and courage in battle. The northern barbarians were a warrior race. Status and place in their culture was determined largely by personal fierceness and courage in battle…