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Benchmade ceased production of all HK knives. The initial offering of the Benchmade-HK partnership was the HK Pika.

Benchmade Drops HK Knife Line to Refocus on Own Brand

  Over a month ago Benchmade decision makers opted to immediately ramp down production of all Heckler & Koch (HK) knife lines, according to Benchmade Public Relations and Communications Manager Derrick Lau. Benchmade will concentrate efforts on its own brand of sports cutlery and edged tools. The Oregon City designer and manufacturer notified knife...

60 years for Gil.

Icons Celebrate Over A Century of Knifemaking

Gil Hibben and D’ Holder are two of the world’s top living pioneer custom knifemakers, and together celebrate over a century of knifemaking in 2016. Hibben has been making knives 59 years and Holder has done it for half a century—both impressive achievements by anyone’s standards. It’s interesting to note that both long-time makers...

right to own and carry

Trump vs. Clinton: Your Knives Are At Stake

How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stack up in terms of your right to own and carry your knives is an issue you should weigh carefully before voting Nov. 8. According to Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter, Clinton’s anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment agenda is a major plank of her campaign. She advocates undermining the...

BLADE reader survey

Help BLADE Satisfy Your Knife Lust

The best way for BLADE® to fulfill the needs of its readers is to go right to the source—the readers themselves. If you read BLADE, you can help us satisfy your knife lust by taking our BLADE READER SURVEY. Not only will you help us help you, but by completing the survey you will...

Song knife for BLADE.

Song Knife Highlights New BLADE®

Country music star Craig Morgan’s “Song Knife” for Buck, what’s “next” in custom knives, “Blades of the Bog” and much more sharp stuff highlights the new BLADE®, on newsstands now! Morgan, who also stars on the Outdoor Channel’s Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, recently released his latest album, A Whole Lot More To Me....

Attend knife shows

How To Get Any Custom Knife You Want

Is it realistic to say there’s a surefire way to get any custom knife you want? While there are always exceptions to the rule, if you practice the following nine steps, you might just find that beautiful custom knife you’ve dreamed about nestled warm and safe in the fleece lining of your favorite zippered...

Crain/Schwarzenegger

Knifemaker Jack W. Crain Passes Away

Knifemaker Jack W. Crain, designer and maker of knives for such action movies as Predator, Commando and others, passed away Sept. 7. He was 70. Arriving hot on the heels of the Rambo knife phenomenon started by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Jimmy Lile in the early 1980s, Crain also made a hollow-handle survival...