The BLADE Blogs

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

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Here Are The Top 5 U.S. Military Knives

What are the top 5 U.S. military knives of all time? What’s it like to be married to the military, each other and knives all at the same time? Can the modern knife age be divided into two eras—before and after tactical folders? The latest issue of BLADE®, our special annual military issue,...

Tracy LaRock is set to rock his retirement with knifemaking. His wife, Mia, handles his social media.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Tracy LaRock

Tracy LaRock grew up on a dairy farm and spent every spare moment hunting, trapping and fishing. He served as a mortarman in U.S. Marine Corps from 1990 to 1995, but he didn’t stay out for long. In 1997 he signed on with the Texas Army National Guard, in artillery and...

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BLADE Will Make You Sharper

BLADE® will make you sharper. How do we know? Because for almost 45 years now, BLADE has kept the world of knives abreast of all that cuts, slices, dices, severs, skivs, hacks, whacks, perforates and, yes, sharpens. That includes the latest knives, knife trends, knife events, knifemakers, collectors, cutting competitions, hammer-ins, knife...

Chris Rowley of Nomad Customs was a farrier for 12 years before joining the U.S. Army.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Chris Rowley

Chris Rowley was a farrier for 12 years or more before he joined the Army at age 34. During his seven years of service he deployed six times to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 75 Ranger Regiment, winding up his service this year as a weapons squad leader with the rank of...

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Help USA Knifemaker Help Harvey Victims

Help full-time knifemakers whose shops have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey through a program initiated by the folks at USA Knifemaker. A leading supplier of knifemaking equipment, materials, tools and other products used to make knives, USA Knifemaker’s assistance program is designed to help full-time knifemakers—and with floodwaters continuing...

Dustin Driver of Driver Defense Knives enjoys the look of a fuller, especially when it ends in a bevel.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Dustin Driver

Dustin Driver of Guntersville, Alabama served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2010. He was a communications expert, deploying to Iraq, 2005-2006, and Kuwait, 2007-2009. He uses that training and experience in his current job as a system and network administrator for a government contractor. In October 2015 he was...

2018 BLADE Show

BLADE Show 2018: Plan Now!

The world’s largest and most important knife event, BLADE Show 2018 will return next year at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta—and there’s no time like now to make plans to attend the annual edge-stravaganza that true knife enthusiasts can’t afford to miss. Slated for June 1-3, BLADE Show 2018 will assemble thousands of knife exhibitors and...