The BLADE Blogs

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

30 Beards Of BLADE Show That Impressed All

Short, long, thick, thin—and we’re not talking about the wide variety of knives at BLADE Show. No, we’re talking about facial hair that made men nod and women blush. The beards of BLADE Show impressed all! This collection is only a small representation of what we saw at the show. We don’t care about the ebbs...

A Surprise Find At BLADE Show: Kit Carson Sword!

Did you  known that Kit Carson, renowned for popularizing the flipper-style of folding knife, made swords? Jim Behring of Treeman Knives has two of those swords, a Persian-style dagger, a D-guard knife along with a knife Jim imagines a Roman gladiator would use as a last resort, plus a number of other fixed blades,...

Phil Taylor did this portrait of Delta operator Robert Horrigan for the American Fallen Soliers Project.

Every Day Is Memorial Day For Knifemaker John Horrigan

Every day is Memorial Day for the family of Master Sergeant Robert Mark Horrigan. The weeks leading up to the holiday and through June 17, though, mark an intensified period of mourning for Robert’s identical twin brother and American Bladesmith Society master smith John Horrigan of Elite Knives. Robert was a member of C...

Marine SSG Johnny Joey Jones is spokesman for Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground, which is funded in part by proceeds of Southern Grind knife company.

Southern Grind Spokesman Remembers The Fallen

In 2010 ABC Nightline produced a three-part series on Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones. During eight years of service, Jones deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. It was while in Helmand, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2010, that Jones stepped on an improvised explosive device, losing both his legs...

Now you can see the pattern-welded steel used to make the blade in this Andrew Griggs' Southern Comfort model.

6 Things BLADE Looks For In A Knife Photo

Taking great photographs of knives is no easy task—unless you’re a professional, in which case you can stop reading. Essentially, you’re taking a highly detailed shot of something that fills the entire frame, not something small like a bee in the center of a background of blurred petals, but a long, thin item that...

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5 Ways To Get Your Knives Featured In BLADE

Here are 5 ways to get your knives featured in BLADE, either in print or online. Our goal is to include as many different types of knives and as many different knifemakers and manufactures as we can in each issue and online. We try not to double up on any individual or company, though...