Author Archives: Erin Healy

Erin Healy

About Erin Healy

Erin Healy is the managing editor of BLADE.

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...

Midweek Maker Forged-Style: Mike MacInnes

Mike MacInnes of Holland, Michigan, remembers his first two knives, both given to him by his dad. The first was a Buck 110 clone and the second was a Solingen hunting knife. Mike has been involved with black powder rifle hunting and gunsmithing all his life. In 2012 he wanted to...

Mike Jeffries of 2 Birds Metal Works ventured into a cowboy fighter that was well received at BLADE Show 2017.

Marketing For Knifemakers: Do You Need A Website?

In a recent Facebook post, Mike Jeffries of 2 Birds Metal Works asked fellow knifemakers if they had a website, if it was worth the time and money to set up and maintain and how they approached it. He often throws out marketing-related topics for discussion. If you’ve followed any of...

The Lil Chubby drop-point is made by Randy Madan of Patriot Horde Knives.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Randy Madan

Randy Madan, known as JR on social media, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996 as a combat engineer. “I blew things up,” he said, laughing. Now, at 43, he has been a federal correctional worker for 20 years. He always loved and carried knives, but he got...

The W.A.C.K. is just one of many knives offered by Desert Storm Marine Corp vet, Scooter Davis.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Scooter Davis

When Jerry Davis was a baby he was scooting across the floor and his grandmother dubbed him Scooter. He is a third-generation welder and fabricator. His dad made knives as a hobby, and by the time Scooter was a teenager, he, too, was making knives. At 19 he entered the U.S....

The immediate feedback provided the lights and tones of the Aku-Strike, making combatives training more realistic.

Factory Friday: The Inventor Who Daydreamed A Trainer Knife

“I was born a tinkerer,” Dwayne Horvath of Aku-Strike Knives of Pittstown, New Jersey, related. He was always taking things apart, from his father’s reel-to-reel video recorder to his car. By his own admission he was not great at school, but it was during those moments looking out the window, daydreaming,...

Creek Stewart helps design his line-up of Whiskey Knives, including the new Rising Sun.

Factory Friday: Creek Stewart To Release New Tanto

Survival instructor and host of The Weather Channel’s new series “SOS, How To Survive,” Creek Stewart is releasing a new addition to his line of Whiskey Knives. The 7.75-inch-bladed tanto in A36 carbon steel is designed by Hank Gevedon of Reptile Toolworks with continual input from Creek.   Creek runs Willow Haven Outdoor...