The BLADE Blogs

Here’s the home for The BLADE Blogs. Click at left to visit The Blade Blog by Steve Shackleford, “All about knives and the people who use, collect and make them,” and click at right to read Joe Kertzman’s Blog of Steel, “Knife news, people, top picks and patterns.”

Ivory Battle Enters New Phase

The battle to stop federal measures that punish law-abiding citizens and do little to address the issue of elephant ivory poaching has entered a new phase. If you are a duly authorized representative of a company with “significant commercial operations and employees,” now is the time to present U.S. Fish & Wildlife with a...

Putin Pulls Excalibur From Rock

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin made world news today when he pulled Excalibur from a rock in Vladivostok. The controversial Russian leader, who has ruffled international feathers lately with his taking of Crimea and bullying of the Ukraine, was salmon fishing near the ancient Russian city when he reportedly spied a flash of light from...

National Knife Museum Needs Your Help

The National Knife Museum, the only knife museum of its kind, needs your help. Admission to the museum is free, so it exists totally on donations. With a small, tax-deductible contribution of only $2.99 per month, you can help the museum to continue to enhance the visitor’s experience and promote the history of knives....

New BLADE On Newsstands Now!

The new BLADE showcases the hottest knives of the SHOT Show—including the new Kershaw/Emerson CQC-6K on the cover—the inside scoop on knife lotteries, field tests of the latest skeleton knives and more. Held this past January at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show is the annual coming out party for...

Majority Opposes Ivory Ban At Meeting

Anywhere from 50-to-60 people attended the March 20 public meeting held by the Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on combatting wildlife trafficking, with more than twice as many voicing opposition to the ivory ban as those supporting it. Among those representing the knife industry at the meeting held in Washington, D.C., were...

Most of the Stolen Knives Found; 3 Still Missing

Purveyor Michael Donato was one happy man earlier this week when all but three of approximately 150 stolen knives were returned. The three knives that remain missing are the Shin by Rockstead and two John W. Smith folders, all of which are pictured at right. “This has been the craziest roller-coaster ride of my...