Author Archives: Steve Shackleford

Steve Shackleford

About Steve Shackleford

Steve Shackleford is the editor of BLADE.

Distal taper Buckner

Distal Taper Means Quick, Lightweight Knives

Distal taper makes knives feel more lightweight, quicker in the hand and easier to use. However, the concept affects more than just weight. It also distributes balance so the knife feels neither top nor bottom heavy. In other words, the knife is well-balanced so that it goes where you want it to and...

Case Hobo

Summer Fun Requires a Cool Camp Cutter

A cool camp cutter is a must to help you fully enjoy the fun and sun of summertime in America. Whether you are wilderness camping or simply spending a leisurely day at the lake, some of the latest models will make your experience easier and more satisfying. Cool Camp Cutter No. 1: Tactical Spork Eating outdoors can...

BLADE on newsstands

Dellana’s First Goblin Folder in BLADE

Dellana shows you how she made her first goblin folder, read why Buster Warenski’s King Tut dagger changed knife history, school yourself on the hottest custom makers’ hottest knives and more in the latest issue of BLADE®—on newsstands NOW! Dellana is known throughout the custom knife industry for her ornate high-end folders and learned...

Satin-finish symmetry

Proper Knife Fit and Finish Defined

Fit and finish is a term used to identify the earmarks of a quality made knife. In a nutshell, fit and finish is an arrangement of balanced proportions and symmetry in the entire piece. With the dividing line being the knife’s spine, there should be a correspondence in shape, size and...

BLADE and Bold Action

Can Fire-Steel Bushcrafters Take the Heat?

See if bushcraft knives with fire steels can take the heat, meet a Marine Corps vet who helps spread the good word of Zac Brown’s knives, learn whether paying knife deposits on custom knives is for you and more in the latest issue of BLADE®—on newsstands now! BLADE field editor Abe...

36th Annual BLADE Show

Knives Will Rule 36th Annual BLADE Show

Sneak a peak at next week’s 36th Annual BLADE Show in all its sharpened glory in the latest issue of BLADE® Magazine, on newsstands now! June 2-4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, the world’s largest and most important knife show will feature over 1,000 domestic and international exhibitors of custom...

wheel and linerlock spring

2017 BLADE Show Knife Makes The Cut

It’s the Official 2017 BLADE Show Knife by CRKT and I couldn’t wait to see what makes this puppy go.   Designed by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Ken Onion, the Homefront Tactical features a 3.427-inch blade of 1.4116 stainless steel with an EDP coating and a combo edge. The flipper folder...