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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

4 min
readers respond

34 Years of BLADE Shows This year will be 34 years of BLADE Shows for me. There have been so many good moments: meeting those considered royalty in the late 1980s that had been on the scene since the ’60s; meeting new makers who would become legends later on (and seeing them not even make what originally got them noticed anymore); watching trends come, go and return with slight twists; losing friends to time, wars and disease; and seeing new makers take their mantle and move it forward through skill, enthusiasm and better tooling/machines. With the internet, the world of selling, trading and custom making exploded across the world. A person in a town of 850 people in the middle-of-nowhere USA could get a custom direct from a maker anywhere worldwide. The…

1 min
cover story

Along with ABS master smiths Jason Knight and Steve Schwarzer, bladesmith Neil Kamimura is the focus of Mike Haskew’s two-part story “3 Wise Men of Sharp” (page 28). Check out their views on all things knife and their approaches to bladesmithing success as well. The dress tactical folder at top right is the No. 1 by Jason Clark. For more on it and other custom trends to look for at BLADE Show 2021, read Les Robert son’s story on page 68. At bottom left, ABS master smith Lin Rhea examines one of his red-hot X-Rhea Knives. He tells you how the knife originally came together and how he makes one on page 40. At bottom is the PDF (Personal Defense Kukri), a collaboration between White River Knife & Tool and Todd Begg. For…

3 min
your official “how to blade show manual”

OK, it’s been two years since the last BLADE Show (see related stories this issue), so, in case you’ve for gotten authorized BLADE Show protocols, here’s your official “How To BLADE Show Manual”: • Walk, don’t run, when you first enter the BLADE Show. I know, the temptation will be to sprint into the exhibition hall to get to your favorite maker’s table or booth. However, please don’t. For one thing, you might run me over. On the other hand, I understand your excitement, so if you do happen to flatten yours truly, please don’t wipe your feet on me. • To all ABS members who, if and when you first learn early Friday morning of the show that you’ve earned your master or journeyman smith stamp: Please feel free to let…

2 min
blade show is back!

It’s been two long years but what seems like a forever wait ends June 4-6 when the BLADE Show celebrates its 40th birthday at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sponsored by Smoky Mountain Knife Works, BLADE Show 2021 is the most important knife event extant. Hundreds of exhibitor booths and tables featuring factory, custom knife and knife accessory makers, knifemaking supply companies, knife collections, knife events, knife purveyors and other cutlery enthusiasts will be the focus as the world knife community descends on the Galleria Centre. There may not be quite as many international visitors as usual due to overseas travel restrictions resulting from the pandemic, but the sheer lack of the BLADE Show for two years almost guarantees that attendance will be through the roof for those jonesing to…

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…

3 min
blade university class schedule

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 8-9:30 a.m.: Fundamentals of Blade Grinding, The Courtyard. Knifemaker Travis Wuertz, founder of Wuertz Machine Works, walks you through the process. 10-11 a.m.: How To Make the X-Rhea Knife, Room 107. ABS master smith Lin Rhea explains details and variations of his X-Rhea Knife, how it came to be, and what you need to forge one (page 40). 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Big Knife Bushcraft, Room 104. Condor Tool & Knife’s Joe Flowers demonstrates how to use large bushcraft knives for small bushcraft chores. 1-2 p.m. Why Would You Forge? Room 104. ABS master smith Jason Knight discusses why you should forge, where to begin and how to “level up.” 1:30-2:30 p.m.: How to Sharpen Super Steels, Room 103. Knifemaker R.J. Martin shows you how to maintain razor sharpness on such CPM steels as…