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Blade June 2019

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


4 min.
readers respond

What Might’ve Been It was wonderful to see Jim Schmidt’s Viking Dagger gracing the cover of the April BLADE®. As I read the accompanying article about his work, it reminded me of my experience with him from several years ago. I met Mr. Schmidt at one of the many custom knife shows that I used to attend. At this particular show he had one of his Goblin folders on display at his table. What a marvelous piece of workmanship it was! I was so moved that I asked him how I might be able to get one for my collection. He informed me that at the time he had a five-year wait for such an item, and he even quoted me what I felt was a very reasonable price. Figuring that the…

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.comor 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 PO Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789 or email steve@blademag.com.…

1 min.
cover story

The cover knife made by Bill Ruple is a custom congress pattern, one of the most traditional of all pocketknives. One on each end, the main blades are a straight-edge sheepfoot pattern with a long nail nick, and the other a spear point. The smaller blades are pen and modified straight-edge coping patterns. Blade steel is CPM 154 stainless. The shield with the maker’s surname, fileworked liners and fluted bolsters are all 416 stainless steel. The scales are Remington jigged bone. Closed length: 4 inches. The maker’s list price for a similar knife with bone or stag scales: $1,800. For more information contact Bill Ruple, Dept. BL6, 201 Brian Dr., Pleasanton, TX 78064 830-569-0007 rupleknives@live.com, or see the story “Ruple’s Pupils” by BLADE® field editor Mike Haskew on page 76. Caleb Royer photographed…

1 min.

Editorial/Advertising Office: 5600 W. Grande Market Drive, Suite 100, Appleton, WI 54913 920.471.4522 • blademag.com steve@blademag.com Group Publisher JIM SCHLENDER Editor STEVE SHACKLEFORD Online Product Manager BEN SOBIECK Field Editors MSG KIM BREED, ABE ELIAS DEXTER EWING, ED FOWLER, MIKE HASKEW B.R. HUGHES, LES ROBERTSON JOE SZILASKI, RICHARD D. WHITE ADVERTISING Sales Representative LORI MCDANIEL 715.498.3768 • lori@gundigest.com Newsstand Sales NPS MEDIA GROUP flama@npsmediagroup.com GUN DIGEST MEDIA, LLC Financial Controller JENNIFER SEXSTONE Operations Director GREGORY S. KRUEGER Advertising Administrator BETH DALGREN Video Producer TERRY BOEDER Online Product Manager ELWOOD SHELTON…

3 min.
blade show all-time top 10

The BLADE Show is the Gigantopithecus of knife events. How did it get there? In chronological order, let’s review. 1) No Top 10 list can start without the start, and the BLADE Show started when BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® members Jim Parker and Bruce Voyles organized the first one at the Drawbridge Motor Inn across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Erlanger, Kentucky, in 1981. 2) Jim and Bruce’s creation in 1983 of the BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards and the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame® set in motion two cutlery industry standards that today are among the most coveted of knife achievements. Announcing them all at the BLADE Show gave—and continues to give—both the honors themselves and the show that much more cachet. 3) Moving the BLADE Show to the sprawling Holiday…

12 min.
there will be blade!

WHAT: BLADE SHOW WHERE: COBB GALLERIA CENTRE, ATLANTA WHEN: JUNE 7-9 DAYS AND TIMES: FRIDAY, 2 P.M.-7 P.M. SATURDAY, 9 A.M.-6 P.M. SUNDAY, 9 A.M.-2 P.M. If you’re into the premier event catering to all that cuts, the 38th annual BLADE Show June 7-9 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta awaits you. Sponsored by Smoky Mountain Knife Works, BLADE Show 2019 will host almost 950 exhibitors featuring factory, custom knife and knife accessory makers, knifemaking supply companies and other cutlery pros from every continent with the possible exception of Antarctica. The latest and hottest custom knives, factory knife debuts (page 22), the educational knife instruction class schedule of BLADE University (see sidebar) and action-packed free demos (see sidebar) await your perusal. The BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards (see sidebar), the custom knife judging competition (see sidebar), and the…