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Blade July 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

Be Prepared I would like to thank Ed Fowler for his most excellent series of articles, “Square Houses” (page 64). I have just recently become a BLADE® reader and unfortunately missed a lot of his other how-to-stories, but this one is pure genius! I always seem to get a late start on things, so I was in my mid-40s before I realized I really needed to be better prepared in life. I found Ontario Knife Co. and bought several of its knives. I bought the KA-BAR cousin as it is a paternal twin of it, the 1943 M3, and then the M7 bayonet. Mr. Fowler’s article in the February issue (page 24) reminded me of the encounter I had at the store with a middle-aged lady behind the counter. We were talking knives…

1 min
cover story

Rick Dunkerley’s automatic folding dagger not only took Best of Show at the recent ICCE (page 12) but also Best Folder. The 4.25-inch blade features multiple alloys for the color variations: two different types of powder damascus, a “tiny amount of nickel” and 1080 carbon steel. It’s a material he’d used before, knew he could color in an attractive way, and had saved for a long time because he figured it would look good on a dagger. The mild steel bolsters are color case hardened, a process he had been experimenting with and expected would be attractive in combination with antique shell, which is the handle material. Add the gold leaf inlay and ICCE had a multiple winner! For more information contact Rick Dunkerley, Dept. BL7, PO Box 601, Lincoln, MT…

3 min
no knife fights in school, please

The April shooting death of a 16-year-old girl by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, was a low point in several recent events involving law enforcement and people of color. It was a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. Rather than focus on the rights and wrongs of the unfortunate incident itself, the focus here is on MSNBC television analyst Joy Reid. In particular were her comments about the incident in question. The police officer who shot and killed the 16-year-old said he did so to stop her from knifing and possibly killing another teenaged girl who appeared to be unarmed. The video of the incident clearly shows the assailant with knife in hand and apparently in the process of stabbing the other girl. At press time…

7 min
blade breakout in cowtown

“If you didn’t do good at that show, you’d better go home and look in the mirror,” said knifemaker Bubba Crouch of the 2021 International Custom Cutlery Exposition (ICCE) held March 26-27 at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. Bubba’s comment was directed at the exhibiting makers but it might have applied to anyone who attended the show, which was the first big breakout knife event since the pandemic had locked down many knife shows and cast a pall worldwide in early 2020. “I think folks were ready to get out and spend some money,” knifemaker Roger Green commented, “and Texas is wide open for business!” Many makers sold out and many who didn’t almost did, such as Carl Colson, who sold 13 of the 16 knives he brought. Most in…

1 min
win a knife

“Here’s my trusty old sidekick, the Leatherman Juice S2. For about 15 years I’ve carried this relic. It has saved my hide more than I can count. From fishing to arts and crafts, this little tool kit was well worth the price paid. It really hasn’t ever let me down—unless I left it at home.” Tim Rehm,Fergus Falls, Minnesota “I carry a V Nives Trail Blazer designed by Lt. John Nores. It’s a great emergency/rescue knife with its line cutter and glass breaker, and I like the D2 blade and flipper opening.” Cy Olszewski,a letter via e-mail “I live in the country and carry a Flexcut Nomad belt knife. I use it on a daily basis for slicing, carving, whittling or whatever needs cutting.” Martin Barry,a letter via e-mail For the latest knives, knife news, trends,…

10 min
get a wedge up!

Axes are handy for work done in the yard, camp or on the farm. A well-designed axe promotes fast, efficient wood splitting without wearing you out. Like knives, axes can be inexpensive, or you might want to spend some good money on one—the difference is in the materials used for the handle and head. However, do you really need to spend the money on a tool that you use only occasionally? If you are a frequent axe user then, yes, spend extra to get a better quality/better designed axe. The added refinements of more expensive axes make long-term use and ownership a pleasure. Gerber has had a successful series of axes and hatchets made in Finland that feature one-piece, hollow, molded handles for lightweight, optimum strength. An example is the 23.5-inch…