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.”

President Theodore's Roosevelt's knife.

Roosevelt Knife Auction Sept. 9-11

President Theodore Roosevelt’s knife, passed down through the Roosevelt family for the past 107 years and never before available for sale to the public, will be put to auction Sept. 9-11 by Rock Island Auction Co. Made by J. Russell & Co. of Green River, New York, the Roosevelt knife features handle work by...

Buck Metro keychain knife

Tactical Knife: Definitions and Origin

Exactly what constitutes a tactical knife has been addressed in BLADE®, other knife magazines—one of which was even called Tactical Knives—KnifeForums and other knife discussion forums, social media, books, the national media and elsewhere. Some originally described it, and still do, as a folding or fixed-blade knife with a non-glare blade and black synthetic...

Forged In Fire, season three premiere.

New Forged in Fire Debuts Aug. 23

Four past champions will do bladesmithing battle under the watchful gaze of a panel of judges enhanced by the addition of yet another ABS master smith in the third-season premiere of HISTORY’s hottest competition series, Forged in Fire. Scheduled for broadcast on HISTORY at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, the episode will pit former...

Best knives, best knifemakers.

Best Knives, Best Knifemakers

The best knives by the best knifemakers from all corners of the globe and much more highlight the new BLADE®, on newsstands now. The best knives by the best knifemakers is what the world’s largest knife show, the BLADE Show, is about, and the latest rendition had them all. Held this past June at...

Burr King 960-272

The Ford of Knife Grinders?

When it comes to the go-to machine for knifemakers, the Burr King 960-272 2×72 may be the Ford of knife grinders. “The 960-272 has been in production for 40 years. It’s a knifemaker’s grinder. It started with Bob Loveless,” noted Burr King’s James Krier during the grinding classes conducted by Tom Krein and Lucas...

BLADE Show anti counterfeit

BLADE Honored for Stance Against Counterfeit Knives

From the American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) presented its inaugural Integrity Award to BLADE and F+W for contributions to work against counterfeit knives. The presentation took place at the recent BLADE Show awards reception in Atlanta. The BLADE Show is world’s largest annual knife event; F+W is a media...

short skeletonized clip

Custom Pocket Clips: Sal’s Pals

  Custom knifemakers seem to introduce most knife innovations, which are then emulated by factory knife companies. Not so with custom pocket clips. BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Sal Glesser popularized knives with pocket clips in his Spyderco production line, and custom knifemakers took their cue from him. As a result, today’s custom pocket...