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Blade January 2020

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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readers respond

Forever Attendees Wow! It was my third-ever attendance at a knife show. I tried another well-known show a year ago with my wife. It was not very polished and it disappointed us. We were expecting something larger with pizzazz, so we decided to try the BLADE Show as we could also visit friends that live near Atlanta. That was the “wow” moment. It was like going to Las Vegas—very exciting! It was so huge that it was virtually impossible to visit every table and booth, much less chat with vendors. We came away very impressed. From there we decided to do the Portland version—BLADE Show West. Now, I figure that show was about 1/5th the size of the BLADE Show in Atlanta. We had time to really look at every table and…

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how to reach us!

Visit us online at www.blademag.com 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 www.blademag.com 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 lori@gundigest.com, 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 steve@blademag.com.…

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cover story

Zanjir chevron damascus is the name of the mosaic pattern ABS journeyman smith Tom Ward used for the center of the sweeping re-curve blade of his pesh-kabz cover knife. An ancient form of dagger used in Persia and Northern India, the pesh-kabz usually featured a straight blade, though it was not uncommon for it to have a pronounced curve. The zanjir pattern is often found on antique Middle-Eastern gun barrels. Salem Straub recently introduced it to the custom knife world. Ward forged the 11-inch blade from 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels and gave it an armor-piercing tip. The handle is ironwood with mosaic inlay in the butt. Overall length: 16 inches. Ward’s list price to make a similar knife: $3,200. For more information contact Tom Ward 508-277-3190, e-mail Tempestcraft@gmail.com or visit tempestcraft.com, Facebook…

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the little pearl tanto

Of all the makers BLADE® has spotlighted in our Past Masters series, perhaps none were as low key and unassuming as Bob Lum (page 34). Known for his Americanized version of the Japanese tanto—a knife that as of today, about four decades later, has been reproduced by the hundreds of thousands if not millions—Lum was so unassuming that the argument can be made it led him to undersell his knives. “He wasn’t good at marketing himself,” said Bob’s good friend, BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Ron Lake. “He would show you his knives and all, but he really didn’t sell them.” So it was that, about 29 years ago, Ron told Bob, “You need to up your ante.” Bob was going to an Anaheim knife show, and Ron had an idea. “I…

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wild and crazy damascus

With an abundance of damascus steel being forged eevery day, ma m kers of pattern-welded blades are ccontinuously developing new, exciting patterns to set their w work apart. Often, the wilder and crazier the pattern, the more attention it gets. Forging a wild pattern, however, is far from a wild process. I talked to four bladesmiths making some of the craziest patterns, and each of them expressed that it’s all about precision. A smith needs to start with a plan and meticulously execute every step of the process in order to achieve a final piece with the optimal optical impact. NIGHT FURY To create his Night Fury pattern, Niko Nicolaides transformed a straight-laminate billet into a complex mosaic one using two different forging techniques. The first technique might be called a “C-bar manipulation”…

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the knife i carry

“I carry a ZT 0350TS. It cuts my line and whatever is needed for camping, and is great for whittling!”J.M. Spurlock, a letter via e-mail “I carry a Pro-Tech Magic 2 scale-release auto. It’s a curvaceous cutter and I especially like the scale release. The absence of a push button gives the knife a nice, clean look.”Hugh Kastor, a letter via e-mail “I wear a Southern Grind Vermin neck knife. I like the model with the drop-point blade for digging into hard-to-get-to areas.”Slim Alsobrook, a letter via e-mail For the latest knives, knife news, trends and more visit blademag.com, BLADE®’s popular Instagram page at @blade_magazine, and on Facebook and Twitter.…