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Blade March 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

2 min.
barr, siska and frost pass away

The knife community lost three valued contributors with the recent passing of knifemakers A.T. Barr and Jim Siska, as well as Jim Frost, founder of Frost Cutlery. A voting member of The Knifemakers’ Guild for several years, Barr was known for the saying, “Don’t You Buy No Ugly Knife,” which he used on his website and on his ads promoting his folding and fixed-blade knives. As he noted on his site, “I legally offer the easy-open feature [hole in the blade] on my knives, having done the honorable thing paying Spyderco, Inc., a license fee years ago,” Spyderco, of course, being the originator of the hole in the blade (page 10). In fact, he and Spyderco collaborated on a factory version of A.T.’s One-Eyed Jack Folding Knife design sporting heart and…

1 min.
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.com or 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.…

1 min.
cover story

Steve Randall outfits the 11-inch blade of his bowie in a mosaic damascus pattern he calls Cardiac Arrest. As BLADE® field Les Robertson notes in his story on some of today’s hottest damascus patterns, “Steve is an ABS master smith whose work never ceases to amaze or disappoint!” The handle is ancient walrus ivory and the guard and ferrule are damascus. Overall length: 16 inches. Steve built a custom-made leather sheath to accompany the knife. The image is by SharpByCoop. For more on Steve’s bowie and other knives in top damascus patterns, see page 56. At the upper right is the Step-Up Fillet Knife by White River Knife & Tool, which also supplied the image. For more on it and other of today’s latest fillet knives, see page 34. At bottom right is…

3 min.
5 decades of milestones

It was just over half-a-century ago in 1970 that a small group of custom knifemakers, along with BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member A.G. Russell, met to form what would become the Knifemakers’ Guild. The Guild Show soon followed and a couple of milestones in the world of knives resulted. Meanwhile, the custom and factory knife industries would become inextricably linked in the years to come, with production knives adopting many innovations from the custom side. Over the intervening five decades, other milestones occurred. Among them: • It wasn’t long before knife magazines sprang up to cover the fledgling industry, including the American Blade—today’s BLADE®—and the now-defunct National Knife Collector Magazine, with others to follow. • The magazines needed superstars to cover, and Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Bob Loveless with his dropped hunter was among…

6 min.
stampede of steel

It’s been a long sabbatical between major knife shows but that wait will come to a welcome halt March 26-27 with the International Custom Cutlery Exposition (ICCE) at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. Presented by BLADE, the ICCE will pair some of the world’s best custom knifemakers with a select group of cowboy artisans. The best in sharpened steel will be joined by some of the top work in spurs, conchos, leatherwork and more in what promises to be a unique kind of event combining the world of knives with the world of the wild, wild west, 21st-century style. “We have a high concentration of makers and subscribers in the Texas area,” BLADE Show/ICCE director Alicia Newton noted, and a significant number of those makers are expected to attend.…

1 min.
the knife i carry

“I purchased this Camillus CUDA in the late 1990s. The strange thing is it says ‘CUDA’ on the blade and not Camillus, and ‘Made in USA.’ I carried it for about 20 years when I was in law enforcement, and used it several times to cut seat belts and other items to gain access. All the later CUDA knives I see have a drop-point blade, and I’ve yet to find another with a tanto blade like mine. It holds an edge for a very long time and fits the hand nicely.” Thomas Sailers, Belmont, California “Carrying a knife on a daily basis is a religion with me. I carry an old A.G. Russell One-Hand knife. It opens easily and cuts like a good knife should.” Glynda Riley, a letter via e-mail “I carry a…