The BLADE Blogs

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

Tyler Freund's custom folder glows violet in the dark.

6 Knife Handles That Glow In The Dark

There are four categories of “glow.” Bioluminescence is, say, a firefly. There’s chemiluminescence, caused by a chemical reaction—think glow stick. Radioluminescence is most frequently used in clock or watch paints and on instrument panels. Then there’s phosphorescence, frequently used in toys, or toys for grown-ups: knives, or more specifically knife handles....

Big Blades 'n Edges

Bag Hot Big Blades ‘n Edges

Big Blades ‘n Edges, including reviews of the newest factory hatchets, some of today’s top custom bowies and four top turkey carving sets, highlight the latest BLADE®, on newsstands NOW! Featuring the new Tomahatchet by Medford Knife & Tool on the cover, the latest BLADE leads off with “Big Bad Blades,”...

Jurgen Steinau knife

Great Knives Have “Face”

Great knives have face. I’m not talking about a face like on a Halloween mask, but a knife with a design or style that’s recognizable by a large number of knife enthusiasts as having been made first by one knifemaker and one knifemaker only. The face, in this instance, is the...

Tyrell Johnson makes his own pattern-welded steel.

Midweek Maker Forged-Style: Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson has always been interested in knives and firearms, and two-plus years ago he decided to take a knifemaking class at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina.  “As my wife can attest, I’ve had many hobbies in my life, but knifemaking immediately struck a chord with me,” he commented.  “I...

Alex Smith offers the APEX with orange and black G10 scales.

10 Pumpkin-Spiced Custom Knives Herald Halloween

It makes sense that pumpkin spice marketers would want to find ways to push a product that only got used once or twice a year in one or two pumpkin pies. Now, of course, it’s a running joke that there’s pumpkin spice in everything from dog treats to breakfast cereals. Some...

Midweek Maker Forged-Style: Mike MacInnes

Mike MacInnes of Holland, Michigan, remembers his first two knives, both given to him by his dad. The first was a Buck 110 clone and the second was a Solingen hunting knife. Mike has been involved with black powder rifle hunting and gunsmithing all his life. In 2012 he wanted to...

Mike Jeffries of 2 Birds Metal Works ventured into a cowboy fighter that was well received at BLADE Show 2017.

Marketing For Knifemakers: Do You Need A Website?

In a recent Facebook post, Mike Jeffries of 2 Birds Metal Works asked fellow knifemakers if they had a website, if it was worth the time and money to set up and maintain and how they approached it. He often throws out marketing-related topics for discussion. If you’ve followed any of...