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Blade October 2019

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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3 min.
short cuts

SIMMONS SAVES BOY’S LIFE WITH A KNIFE Thanks to a young man’s quick thinking and a pocketknife, a 6-year-old boy is alive and well in Flowery Branch, Georgia. On June 25, Logan Simmons, a Chick-Fil-A employee, noticed the youngster in a car choking on a seatbelt in the drive through. Climbing through the drive-through window, Logan pulled out his pocketknife and cut the boy free, saving his life. As a result of Logan’s actions, Knife Rights awarded the 19-year-old with the Knife Rights’ Carry a Knife – Save a Life Award™. “Logan Simmons’ action to save a young child’s life is a dramatic testimony to the value of always carrying a knife,” said Doug Ritter of Knife Rights. “You never know when your knife will be the difference between life and death; these situations…

1 min.
how to reach us!

Visit us online at to: • Sign up for our free newsletter. • Renew your magazine subscription. There’s a subscription link in the nav bar. • Comment on our site stories written by BLADE® staff members and others. LOOK FOR BLADE MAGAZINE ON: SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Visit us on the Web at or call 877-485-6426. Outside USA: 386-246-3419. BOOK SALES: Visit us at www.gundigeststore.comor call 920-471-4522. BACK ISSUES FOR SALE: Subject to Availability. Call 920-471-4522. ADVERTISING: Contact Lori McDaniel at 715-498-3768 or, or request a media kit by writing to: BLADE, 5600 W. Grande Market Dr., Appleton, WI 54913. LETTERS OR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS: Steve Shackleford, Editor BLADE Magazine PO Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789 or email…

1 min.
cover story

In this corner is the Rocketeer, an angular tactical folder by Tashi Bharucha that brings new meaning to the term “the sweet science”—which, of course, makes it one knockout of a knife. The 3.9-inch handrubbed blade is CPM 154 stainless, with 3.5 inches of that pure cutting edge. The flipper folder employs caged bearings for smooth one-hand operation. The hump-backed handle is titanium anodized a gold color, as is the pocket clip on the knife’s non-mark side. The blade secures via a framelock. Closed length: 5.5 inches. Maker’s table price: $1,100. For more on the Rocketeer contact Tashi Bharucha on and/or, or see the story on the cover knife and other of today’s hottest makers’ hottest knives on page 28. The cover knife image is courtesy of Dave Stark of Steel Addiction…

3 min.
they did it with style

The recent passing (page 72) of ABS master smith Tim Hancock and BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Ken Warner gives those who knew or knew of them pause to remember two of the knife industry’s true originals. A supremely gifted bladesmith, Tim was also a highly respected and valued teacher of the craft, as his co-winning along with fellow American Bladesmith Society (ABS) master smith J.R. Cook of the W.W. Scagel Award in 2017 for service in the area of bladesmithing education attests. Tim refused to let Parkinson’s disease deter him from bladesmithing or teaching. ABS master smith Steve Schwarzer’s memory of Tim’s grinding demo at a Batson Bladesmithing Symposium speaks volumes. “He was apologizing for shaking while he ground the blade,” Schwarzer recalled. “I told him he could shake a better…

7 min.
knives regenerated

Several years ago Rolf Hettinger of the Fire Department of the City of New York (E50 Ladder, 19BC26L) contacted me about a special fundraising project. Rolf proposed I capitalize on my extensive experience forging blades to produce a limited run of knives made from iron remnants of the World Trade Center buildings destroyed by terrorists on 9/11. I jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a prestigious and meaningful project. Rolf shipped several rusty, mangled pieces of steel to me and the work began. An interesting characteristic of red-hot iron is its propensity to absorb elements that surround it when it is sustained at high temperatures. For example, when iron is held at red-hot temperatures in a carbon-rich environment it changes from iron into steel. Conversely, when steel is…

2 min.
an heirloom to remember

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m. EDT when an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City? That day was forever etched in many of our minds as a reminder of how paramount it is to safeguard our freedoms. Murray Carter was approached to collaborate with FDNY343 ( and Building Homes for Heroes® ( to forge a knife from World Trade Center steel, and was humbled at the opportunity. Building Homes for Heroes is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006. It has been at the forefront of making a significant difference in the lives of wounded American service members and their families, including those…