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Blade June 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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United States
Caribou Media, LLC
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
finer edge of learning

The world’s best knife teachers will school you on all things sharp during the 8th Annual BLADE University the Friday and Saturday of the BLADE Show. Sponsored by Work Sharp, BLADE University has the most extensive schedule of knife, knifemaking and other instruction held at any knife show. New classes for 2021 include How to Make the X-Rhea Knife (page 40) with ABS master smith Lin Rhea; EOD Knives & Tools with USMC veteran/knifemaker Les George; Decorative Custom Knife Filework with knifemaker Kyle Daily; Why Would You Forge? with ABS master smith Jason Knight (page 28); and Take Your Heat Treating to The Next Level with Larrin Thomas. In fact, since most of the carryover classes from last year were not held due to the show’s cancellation, for all practical purposes…

1 min
blade magazine knives of the year

The BLADE Magazine 2021 Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards will be announced during the BLADE Magazine Awards presentation the Saturday night of the show in The Pit in the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The awards are the most coveted honors in the national/international factory knife industry and cover a wide range of styles and genres. The categories are: Overall; American-Made; Imported; Most Innovative American Design; Most Innovative Imported Design; Best Buy Of The Year; Investor/Collector; Collabo-ration; Manufacturing Quality; Accessory; Kitchen; Publisher’s; and Industry Achievement. The factory entries are limited to applicable BLADE Show booth exhibitors, and will be exhibited show Friday and Saturday in a special display in the lobby. Voting is done by a select group of industry authorities assembled by the staff of BLADE® Magazine (except for the Publisher’s and Industry Achievement awards,…

2 min
blade show seminars & demos

The BLADE Show’s annual seminars and demonstrations sponsored by Hogue Knives will be held in classrooms inside the Cobb Galleria, and/or in The Courtyard in or by the BLADE University tent. Admission is free to BLADE Show ticketholders. Among the highlights will be “Knife Design, Function and Performance” by High Endurance Performance Knife bladesmith/BLADE® field editor Ed Fowler (page 52). As he noted, “Many claim to be knife designers but who are they and where do they learn their art or craft? What skills or colleges go into learning how to be a knife designer? What are their knives designed to accomplish, what do they look for in them, and how do they test the knives for performance? I hope to discuss aspects of harmony between user, design and function.” Another discussion…

1 min
4 to be formally inducted

For the first time in decades, the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame© will formally induct as many as four new members during the BLADE Show. Due to the cancellation of last year’s show, the new members chosen in 2020, Joe Keeslar and Jim Sornberger, have yet to be formally inducted. In addition, the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame will welcome two new members this year. All four will be formally inducted at a special ceremony during the show. For more on the time and place of the ceremony, see the BLADE Show Program that will be handed out at the show. Keeslar is a long-time ABS master smith, book author, bladesmithing instructor and mentor to many. Sornberger is an award-winning knifemaker who was most supportive of his fellow makers in…

1 min
abs auction, awards, and testing

The BLADE Show is home to the annual meeting of the American Bladesmith Society, the world’s largest organization of bladesmiths—at last count, 2,000 strong. The ABS holds its annual knife auction the Saturday morning of the show at 10 o’clock in Room 103 (page 86), presents its annual achievement awards, and also conducts testing for its master (MS) and journeyman (JS) smith stamps during the show. To find out who earns their stamps this year, stop by the ABS show table (1P) after late Friday morning of the show, or visit americanbladesmith.com. *For more on the BLADE Show, see related stories this issue. For more on the pictured knives, see “Where To Get ’Em” on page 55. For the latest knives, knife news, trends, and more, visit blademag.com BLADE®’s popular Instagram page @blade_magazine, and…

5 min
what’s new

SPEC CHART KNIFE NAME: Pearl Sowbelly KNIFE TYPE: One-blade slip joint BLADE LENGTH: 2.75” BLADE MATERIAL: Damascus in a feather pattern HANDLE MATERIAL: Mother of-pearl HANDLE FRAME: 410 stainless steel BOLSTER: 416 stainless steel ENGRAVER: Diane Scalese KNIFE TO KNOW: The maker is an ABS journeyman smith and a voting member of the Australian Knifemakers Guild CLOSED LENGTH: 3.75” MAKER’S LIST PRICE FOR A SIMILAR KNIFE: $2,500 MAKER: Bruce Barnett, Dept. BL6, POB 1021, Bridgetown, Western Australia, 6255 Australia 61419 243 855 barnettcustomknives@bigpond.com SPEC CHART KNIFE NAME: Mini BLADE LENGTH: 3” BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 carbon steel HANDLE: Black Micarta® BLADE GRIND: Flat SHEATH: Kydex KNIFE TO KNOW: The maker is a disabled veteran with 11 years of service in the United States Army OVERALL LENGTH: 6.75” COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA MSRP: $145 (includes sheath) MAKER: Stroup Knives, Attn: Chris Stroup 916-879-6772 stroupknives.com SPEC CHART KNIFE NAME: Crazy Lace Clip Point KNIFE TYPE/ACTION: Slip joint BLADE LENGTH: 3.25” BLADE…