The BLADE Blogs

The blogs of the BLADE editors, Steve Shackleford and Erin Healy.

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...

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10 Family Gift Knives Sport Holiday Spirit

Whether it’s blood relatives or your inner circle of friends, all of them need family gift knives. Here are 10 examples of some really sharp gifts you can give to those closest to you this holiday season. Kitchen knives make good family gift knives for just about any adult who likes...

Best blade steels in BLADE Guide

Best Blade Steels Unleash The Sharp

The best blade steels, latest handle materials, blade shapes, knifemaking suppliers and most everything else it takes to make a knife the sharpest it can be populate the BLADE 2018 Complete Knife Guide, on newsstands now! What’s the best knife steel for one application can be a disaster for another. However,...

Thanksgiving cutters, Case

Thanksgiving Cutters, Japanese Style

Santokus are Thanksgiving cutters, Japanese style. A design that originated in the Land of the Rising Sun, the santoku is a specialized tool well suited to preparing holiday meals. From cutting meat to dicing veggies and cutting fruit for creative holiday salads and such, santokus are perfect for Gobbler Day. Santokus...

Rebooting collections at House of Blades

Rebooting Collections Works Wonders

by Pat Covert Rebooting collections works wonders. OK, so not everyone does it, but many who have done it one or more times seem to enjoy their collecting more. Chris Nolen has successfully rebooted his knife collection several times since he started collecting. He began in his pre-teens, fueling his cutlery...

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,...