Author Archives: Erin Healy

Erin Healy

About Erin Healy

Erin Healy is the managing editor of BLADE.

John Gomes claimed to be an amateur bladesmith. The fire he started in an open barrel behind his house started a fire that damaged 30 buildings.

Was “Forged In Fire” a Scapegoat For The Cohoes Fire?

John Gomes, the 51-year-old Cohoes, New York, resident and alleged “amateur knifemaker” who started a fire that damaged 32 buildings and displaced approximately 20 people, will not appear in court today as scheduled. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor arson on Friday, Dec. 1 while the 200 block...

Kyle Gahagan knives are sometimes offered for sale through ExquisiteKnives.com.

Never Tell An Army Ranger He Can’t Make A Knife

Is a U.S. Army Ranger made or is he born? Is it the training he receives that makes him a Ranger, or is there some innate quality in him that draws him to Ranger training in the first place? If you tell former U.S. Army Ranger Sergeant Kyle Gahagan (pronounced guh-HAY-gan)...

The first VMX-1s will ship mid-November, 2017.

Of Blue Mohawks, Butterfly Knives and Buddies

If you could apply a motto to VMX Knives it would be: Let’s have some fun. At least that’s the impression you get after talking with co-owners James Robert Buckley of Maverick Customs and Kyle Vallotton of three-generation-strong Vallotton Custom Knives. Rob and Kyle became friends online. For BLADE Show 2017,...

Black Iron Days takes place every August in Grayling, Michigan. David McConnell goes each year to help with bladesmithing demonstrations.

Midweek Maker Forged-Style: David McConnell

David McConnell is a stamping press repairman who hopes to convert to full-time bladesmithing soon. His first knife, was a cheap Wal-Mart special. Over the years he got frustrated with the lack of quality in such knives and began thinking about making his own. He knew he could make a better...

Tyler Freund's custom folder glows violet in the dark.

6 Knife Handles That Glow In The Dark

There are four categories of “glow.” Bioluminescence is, say, a firefly. There’s chemiluminescence, caused by a chemical reaction—think glow stick. Radioluminescence is most frequently used in clock or watch paints and on instrument panels. Then there’s phosphorescence, frequently used in toys, or toys for grown-ups: knives, or more specifically knife handles....

Tyrell Johnson makes his own pattern-welded steel.

Midweek Maker Forged-Style: Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson has always been interested in knives and firearms, and two-plus years ago he decided to take a knifemaking class at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina.  “As my wife can attest, I’ve had many hobbies in my life, but knifemaking immediately struck a chord with me,” he commented.  “I...

Alex Smith offers the APEX with orange and black G10 scales.

10 Pumpkin-Spiced Custom Knives Herald Halloween

It makes sense that pumpkin spice marketers would want to find ways to push a product that only got used once or twice a year in one or two pumpkin pies. Now, of course, it’s a running joke that there’s pumpkin spice in everything from dog treats to breakfast cereals. Some...