Art Knives

All knives are art in a sense, but those known as Art Knives exhibit artistic forms, or some type of embellishment, which may include engraving, scrimshaw, precious- or non-precious-stone inlay, other exotic natural handle inlays, carving, sculpting, wire inlay, etching or a myriad of other inlays, overlays and underlays. Damascus and mosaic damascus blades, bolsters, handles and parts often elevate a fixed blade or folder to that of “Art Knife.”

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Hot Straight Razors Highlight New BLADE®

Stubble is in trouble thanks to the hottest straight razors—one of which, the newest model by Kirby Lambert, is the cover piece for the latest BLADE®, on newsstands NOW! Known for his custom tactical folders, Lambert is one of several makers who offer custom razors, the others highlighted in the story on page 12...

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Innovative Knives

Congratulations to Michael Vagnino for winning the 2014 Wooden Sword award, given out to one custom knifemaker each year on page 7 of the KNIVES annual book.

Cutlery Hall Of Fame: Buster Warenski

Any discussion of the greatest custom knifemakers of the modern era must include the late Buster Warenski, a member of the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame. While best known for his reproduction of the King Tut Dagger in the late 1980s, Warenski’s influence on custom knives, knifemakers and the Knifemakers’ Guild was immense and, in...

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Art Knife vs. Cutting Tool Debate

The art knife versus cutting tool debate of whether knives are, or should be, works of art or cutting tools has always intrigued me. There are those who are a bit “put off” by art knives because they prefer utilitarian knives made to be used and employed when needed. That is certainly understandable, and...

What To Ask/Not Ask a Knifemaker

When you buy a knife from a knifemaker, it’s your money and you have the right to ask him or her any question—within reason—about the knife. However, there are certain questions we recommend you ask and others we recommend you don’t ask. For instance: •Don’t ask how long it took to make the knife....