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Acquiring GATCO has positioned Bear & Son Cutlery to be a true one-stop shop for knife enthusiasts.

Bear & Son acquires GATCO sharpener division

Bear & Son Cutlery, Inc. announced Nov. 14 that it has acquired the sharpener division of GATCO. Ken Griffey, president of the Jacksonville, Alabama, manufacturing company, said he’s been in the knife industry for 39 years, and for 28 or 29 of those years Bear & Son has worked trade shows and other events side...

Elephant vs. ancient ivories

Distinguishing Elephant from Ancient Ivory

Distinguishing elephant from ancient ivory is challenging and becoming more and more important for the owners of knives with handles of ancient ivory. However, there are two reliable keys to make the determination easier. Polished cross sections of elephant and mastodon/mammoth ivories display stacked chevrons of cross-hatched lines called Schreger lines or Lines of...

New BLADE on newsstands now!

Tomahawks Are Top Chops in BLADE

Tomahawks large and small continue to take the world of knives by storm and four of the latest models are top chops in the new BLADE®—on newsstands now! Featuring the Hardcore Hardware Australia CTT-01 on the cover, the issue also includes the diminutive Micro Hawk from TOPS Knives through to the big boy of...

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...