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Blade April 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

United States
Caribou Media, LLC
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
readers respond

Absolute Monstrosity? I always enjoy Ed Fowler’s articles but calling the Fairbairn-Sykes (F-S) fighting knife “an absolute monstrosity” was a step too far, in my humble opinion (February BLADE®, page 24). At the very least it is an elegant design, and I can think of a half-dozen knives to which his phrase can be better applied. He doesn’t like the F-S handle because it is round and can’t be used to index the edges. He cites someone who wrote, “My friend almost lost his life the night he tried to cut that VC’s throat with the side of his Fairbairn knife.” While a military firearms collector who served in the infantry once told me, “There’s a Homer Simpson in every company,” Ed’s cited passage doesn’t quite ring true. The edges of the…

1 min
[cover story]

The D Fly 4.5 from TOPS Knives is an agile, lightweight bushcraft knife designed by Caleb Musgrave, a wilderness skills instructor of the Mississauga Ojibway Nation in Ontario, Canada. Short for dragonfly, the D Fly sports a 4.5-inch drop-point blade of bead-blasted 1095 spring steel and a Micarta® handle. The ballistic nylon sheath has a buckle closure. Overall length: 9.75 inches. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $169.95. For more on the knife, see page 12. Matt Addington photographed the cover. The image by Marty Stanfield Photography at top left of the cover is of the Microtech SOCOM. For more on it and other of the factory industry’s longestselling knives, see page 74. The image at top right by ML Ayres is of the Ontario Old Hickory Fish & Small Game knife. For more…

3 min
if knives could talk…

If knives could talk*, one I’d like to talk with is the King Tut dagger reproduction commissioned by pioneering knife collector Phil Lobred in 1980 and built by incomparable knifemaker Buster Warenski, both of whom are BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® members. As Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Dan Delavan noted, it is still considered the finest of all art knives. There are other knives I’d like to chew the fat with as well, but the Tut reproduction is one that immediately comes to mind. Of course, what if the knife spoke Egyptian only? Would I have to get a translator? As it turns out, when I contacted the dagger at an undisclosed location via the new Ramses II video chat app, my worries proved unfounded. Not only did the knife speak English, it could…

7 min
bushcraft in the usa

Simple in design yet robust in construction, bushcraft knives handle the much needed chores for survival in the great outdoors. They are a staple in the gear kit of folks in-theknow, and can possibly replace a few separate tools, further lightening your load on the next camping trip. Caleb Musgrave, a respected wilderness skills instructor in Ontario, Canada, designed this issue’s cover knife—the TOPS Knives D Fly 4.5 (see page 7). He is a member of the Mississaugas of the Ojibway Nation and runs the Canadian Bushcraft wilderness school. TOPS asked him to design a bushcraft knife and Musgrave put all the desirable features and traits he likes in one piece. The end result is the D Fly 4.5. Starting with 1095 carbon steel, a TOPS Knives staple, he chose a spear-point…

2 min
4 bushcraft basics

Four basic chores of outdoor survival can be performed with a bushcraft knife. The tasks are elemental and a must-learn if you want to use a bushcraft knife to maximum effect. • First is chopping. Whereas a small hatchet, ax, or even a machete are better suited for the task, a bushcraft knife can turn the trick. Grip the handle as far back and as securely as you can, and chop as you would with a larger knife, ax, hatchet or machete. • The second task is batoning. Basically, to baton a piece of kindling is to split it. Take a rather large/thick piece of wood to act as a baton/hammer in one hand, lay the blade edge on the end of the secured piece of kindling with the other, and, using…

1 min
[the knife i carry]

”When I carry a pocketknife, I carry the Queen Steel my dad gave me back in the ’70s. My daily carry is a hunter with a blade made from a billet forged by Alabama Damascus.“Michael Mettetal, Sherman, Texas“I carry a Cold Steel AD-15 Lite. It’s got lots of texture, finger grooves, and ridges that enhance grip, and the Japanese 10A stainless steel is a cuttin’ glutton.”John Perriwinkle, a letter via e-mail“My EDC is a Utica Woodsman flipper folder. It’s made in the USA and is my companion most everywhere I go—except the shower.”Hugh P. Mason, 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. WIN A KNIFE! Tell us what knife you carry. Add a little history…