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Which Knifemakers Will Excel in 2017?

Which knifemakers will excel in 2017? What is the mark of knife greatness? When does the magic begin in the making of mosaic damascus, aka canned steel? What were the knife industry’s top stories of 2016? What will not happen in the knife industry in 2017? These and other edge-pressing questions are answered in the latest issue of BLADE®, on newsstands now!

Custom knifemaking is a whirlwind of talented individuals worldwide. Picking the ones on the verge of breakout years is no easy task, but BLADE feature writer Pat Covert tackles the assignment with gusto, interviewing some of the custom industry’s top authorities for their opinions on the subject. Find out which makers will take their work to the edge and beyond in “Will One Steel Your Heart?”

What is the mark of knife greatness? One leading indicator is a knife that, after its debut, serves as a yardstick against which all subsequent knives of a similar type are measured. BLADE field editor Mike Haskew examines these “yardstick knives” in “The Mark of Greatness.”

Mosaic damascus, aka canned steel, provides some of the most beautiful and intricate of blade materials. BLADE feature writer Daniel Jackson visits with some of today’s forgers of the scintillating steel to find out not only why they do it but how in “When The Magic Begins.”

The year past had more than its share of cool happenings in the knife industry, including the first-ever

Mosaic damascus

Read how mosaic damascus is forged, such as on these folders by Mike Tyre, in “When The Magic Begins.” (PointSeven image)

Borka Blades

Which knifemakers will excel in 2017? One Neil Ostroff highly recommends is Sebastijan Berenji of Borka Blades. (True North Knives image)

BLADE on newsstands

Find out which knifemakers will excel in 2017 in the latest issue of BLADE®, on newsstands now!

BLADE Show Women’s World Championship Cutting Competition, burgeoning knifemaking stars on social media, pro-knife legislative gains, a world record price for an American knife at auction and much more. Read all about it in “Sharp and Sweet ’16.”

Predicting what will happen in the coming year is a skill far beyond that of yours truly. However, one thing I can do is predict what will not happen in the coming year. Of course, one question remains: Can I even do that? It will take one year to find out. Check out my predictions in “What Will Not Happen in 2017.”

There’s much more in the latest BLADE, including an educational examination of knives and the Second Amendment by Knife Rights’ Doug Ritter (page 6), tests of the latest tantos, flipper folders and factory/custom collaborations, the hottest convenient carry knives and much more, all in the March 2017 BLADE, on newsstands now! For subscription info, click here.

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