Author Archives: Joe Kertzman

Joe Kertzman

About Joe Kertzman

Joe Kertzman is managing editor of BLADE.

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Well, Modern Rambo, Which Knife?

Among other things, the movie First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, revolutionized the knife industry through the sudden vast popularity of the Rambo knife. Though the movie was more action flick than true survival doc, the premise was solid when you think about it—a Spec Ops soldier returns from war, highly trained, but suffering from...

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Did Knives Build America?

"This Built America," a new multimedia platform from AOL exploring the companies and people reimagining American manufacturing, visited Jacksonville, Alabama, and profiled a knife factory that is a family beyond its owners—Bear & Son Cutlery.

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Ladies Make Chef’s Knives, Both In Brooklyn

In an article titled “Sisters Of Steel: Vermont Women Forge Success Making Handmade Kitchen Knives,” initially published on BurlingtonFreePress.com, a Gannett Company, and written by Melissa Pasanen, the story is of Moriah Cowles and Chelsea Miller, both incredibly 30 years old, both slender and both with dark hair. They also both grew up in...

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Switchblade Law Repeal Goes Into Effect

Knife Rights, Inc. declared July 1, 2014, “Knife Freedom Day” in Tennessee. The repeal of the ban on automatics or switchblades, as well as the repeal of the ban on the carry of knives with blades over 4 inches in length “with intent to go armed,” a vague law subject to abusive interpretation, went into effect...

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Playing Guitar and Making Knives

Can you think of two more enjoyable hobbies than making knives and playing guitar? Maybe suntanning or oyster eating, but aside from that … It never ceases to amaze me that, being the Editor of the KNIVES annual book, which includes a Custom Knifemaker Directory of 2,200 makers fashioning knives by hand, I still come across knifemakers in...