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Blade January 2021

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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

in this issue

4 min.
short cuts

Maserin is 60 Maserin, a maker of fine fixed blade and folding knives in Maniago, Italy, celebrates 60 years in the industry in 2020. Coltellerie Maserin originally began making knives in Maniago, aka “the city of knives,” in 1960. Born in 1934, company founder Fervido Maserin started work at the age of 14 in a factory that produced knives, scissors and tools for agriculture. In fact, he was so committed to his job that he worked it seven days a week. After his separation from military service, he founded Maserin and worked as a subcontractor manufacturing components for large corporations. The company also made high-quality spring-operated stilettos typical of the Maniago tradition, as well as other knives. In 1985, he built the current 3,000-square-meter Maserin production site. According to a Coltellerie Maserin press release,…

1 min.
cover story

The Knight Hawk made by the RMJ Tactical Special Products Division is a collaboration among RMJ Tactical, ABS master smith Jason Knight and “AJ” at Tactical Elements. Available exclusively through Tactical Elements, the Knight Hawk is a full-tang spike tomahawk with a head of .275-inchthick 52100 carbon steel in a Rockwell hardness of 57-58 HRC. Cutting edge: 2.875 inches. Spike: 2 3/16 inches. There are three Cerakote color options: savage steel (on the cover hawk), OD green and desert tan. The 3D-contoured G-10 scales come in a choice of black or black cherry and are permanently mounted for durability. Weight: 1 pound 7 ounces. Overall length: 14.5 inches. Sheath: Kydex with two low-ride MOC (Multiple Option Carry) straps. MSRP: $500. For more information on the Knight Hawk, visit Tactical Elements at tacticalelements.com,…

3 min.
aki changes hands

The Art Knife Invitational—the biennial knife event that made biennial knife events cool—is now under the direction of Barry Lee Hands, and will be Oct. 30 at the M Hotel Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. Consisting of some of the world’s top custom knifemakers, each of whom votes on any additions to the group’s membership, the show had been held for many years in San Diego. Spearheaded by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Phil Lobred when it started in 1983 in Reno, Nevada, the AKI was held again in 1984 before undergoing a hiatus until 1993, when it was moved to San Diego. It had been there every other year since. When Phil passed away in 2016, his daughter Sandee took over the reins and coordinated the show in 2017…

10 min.
tale of the tactical

For more than a generation, the tactical folder has hovered at or near the center of the custom knife universe. Its mystique and versatility have combined with the skill of the maker to produce objects of lasting influence. While at times beauty has literally been in the eye of the beholder as function took precedence over aesthetics, good looks and high-end materials have crept back into the formula from time to time. Like anything else in the world of knives, the only constant is change, and the tactical folder has undergone an evolution in design, appeal and popularity through the decades. Examining its lineage and legacy provides a stimulating point of view. “The original definition of a true tactical folder, by Bob Terzuola, is a 4-inch, non-glare blade, subdued handle materials, grippy,…

1 min.
the knife i carry

Meeting knifemaker/designer Bill Harsey gave me the reason to try out his design. I bought this Lone Wolf T2 and it became my daily carry. I got to know the designer better over time and he signed the knife for me, which made it more special. It was used in the field to complete a field amputation on a mountain where they flew me by helicopter for a patient terribly injured by an auger. I still carry that knife today. Thank you, Bill Harsey, for one amazing blade.” Sydney Vail, Scottsdale, Arizona When I saw Olamic Cutlery had come out with its Wayfarer 247 folder with a ‘sheepscliffe’ blade, I had to get one. I’m glad I did. As the name implies, it’s a combo of a sheepsfoot and a wharncliffe pattern,…

3 min.
cool jewel tool

IMAGES BY THE AUTHOR UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED The Mini Mongoose is functional pocket jewelry. Made by custom knifemaker Jerry Moen of Moen Tooling, the small fixed blade exhibits beautiful work with a titanium handle and smooth grind lines. However, will it cut? Let’s see. Starting off with 20-pound bond copy paper for slicing, it took me a few tries to get the hang of using the smaller knife. On its part, the Mini sliced smoothly. I had some control issues with the smaller size but worked through them. Next up: more slicing, this time on single-walled cardboard. I had better luck on this medium and was able to control the width of the slices. I went with a three finger hold on a push cut. Cutting depth was limited by the small blade. From…