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Blade February 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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3 minuti
readers respond

Standard Sharpness Rating I live in Ferring, a village on the English Channel coast, 50 miles south of London. I am a member of our University of the Third Age, an academic organization for the “retired-but-still-curious” community. We have a science group that meets regularly to discuss scientific matters in the news and of general interest. A question was posed recently asking how to rate the sharpness of a blade. I have been in touch with an organization here that tests blades to internationally recognized standards. A spokesperson for the organization explained to me that there is no word or words to rate sharpness, as every blade differs in matters such as type and quality of material, purpose, weight, angle of grind, etc., which makes absolute sense. However, I suspect it is…

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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 5600 W. Grande Market Dr. Ste. 100 Appleton, WI 54913 or email steve@blademag.com.…

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cover story

The cover piece is the latest in a series of stunning folders by Javier Vogt. Winner of the award for Best Folder at both BLADE Show 2019 and the 2019 BLADE Show West, Vogt specializes in automatics with clever releases, among others, and the cover piece is a classic example. Deploying via a guard release, the 4.75-inch blade is a ladder-pattern damascus forged by Marcial Dos Santos. The antique tortoise handle houses a lockback mechanism. Closed length: 5.5 inches. The knife carries in an elegant leather zippered case and stores in an expertly crafted wooden box custom made by Vogt. Knife Treasures’ price: $8,500. For more information contact Javier Vogt, Dept. BL2, 409 N 2915, Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires 1894 Argentina javi_lp@hotmail.com; Carlos Lopez, c/o Knife Treasures, Dept. BL2, 10097 Cleary Blvd.…

4 minuti
are customs really worth the money?

How much are custom knives really worth? It is a question we’re asked about as much as any, the answer to which we, as well as many who frequent the knife scene, seek constantly. Reader James Banevicz wrote a passionate letter to us on the subject. “I am a lifetime BLADE subscriber,” he began. “I enjoy the articles, the new product information, the ‘Readers Respond’ section, the whole magazine. It is a very well-made product. Thanks. “What I don’t like is the way of the so-called custom knifemakers’ prices. A case in point is in the October issue, page 34, and the price of $40,000 for a pocketknife. Really! Like L Les Gold on Hardcore Pawn might say, ‘Where did you come up with that price?’ That is an extreme example but…

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14 cuts above

What collectors look for in the hottest custom knives is embodied in 14 outstanding examples of fixed blades and folders submitted to BLADE® by several top industry purveyors. The knives are built by ssome of the most talented makers extant, makers with talent levels that seem to be going nowhere but up. When it comes to showcasing the world’s top custom makers in terms of knife mechanisms and locks, it’s hard to beat those who build folders. Argentina’s Javier Vogt is making some of the slickest and best looking autos anywhere, including his Art Knife Folding Auto, this issue’s cover knife. Vogt has the vote of Carlos Lopez of Knife Treasures. “He is a young knifemaker that h has a very bright future. He is one of the hottest makers out there…

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the knife i carry

“My everyday knife is the ABKT Tanto in the Thin Blue Line Series to commemorate law enforcement officers. It’s a great knife and has thin, blue-line anodized liners. It’s a beautiful knife.”Ricky Neely, Covington, Georgia “I carry a JPT-3S drop-point BP folder by Ontario. Joe Pardue, Mel’s son, designed it. Like father like son, eh? I like the recurve blade and the handle fits me a like a glove.”Sol Smith, a letter via e-mail “I pocket an E6 by William Henry Knives. It’s a great EDC. The M390 blade steel is borderline brutish.”Rodney J. Mansfield, Jr., a letter via e-mail For the latest knives, knife news, trends and more visit blademag.com, BLADE®’s popular Instagram page @blade_magazine, and on Facebook and Twitter.…