The BLADE Blogs

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

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...

MacV tool from SOG

Halloween Knives: Shriek Chic

Halloween knives conjure visions of human steak and Bela Lugosi, high tops and Frankenstein, and decapitations and zombies. Warming to the genre yet? ABS master smith Wally Hayes makes a couple of Halloween knives that fit the mold like a stake in Frank Langella’s heart: the Vampire Stake and the Zombie...

The Lil Chubby drop-point is made by Randy Madan of Patriot Horde Knives.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Randy Madan

Randy Madan, known as JR on social media, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996 as a combat engineer. “I blew things up,” he said, laughing. Now, at 43, he has been a federal correctional worker for 20 years. He always loved and carried knives, but he got...

The W.A.C.K. is just one of many knives offered by Desert Storm Marine Corp vet, Scooter Davis.

Midweek Maker Military-Style: Scooter Davis

When Jerry Davis was a baby he was scooting across the floor and his grandmother dubbed him Scooter. He is a third-generation welder and fabricator. His dad made knives as a hobby, and by the time Scooter was a teenager, he, too, was making knives. At 19 he entered the U.S....

Forged knives in BLADE

Forged Knives Fever!

Hot knives don’t get any hotter than those hammered to shape in the forge, and the latest BLADE® focuses on forged knives in all their radiant glory.   Scott Gallagher‘s Wolf Fighter in forged mosaic damascus is the cover piece for our forged knives special issue, and is among those in...