The BLADE Blogs

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

Knife events will be promoted on our BLADE Calendar, starting now.

Fill BLADE Calendar With Your Knife Events

We’ve added a calendar to BLADEmag.com. Now, we need your knife events to fill in the BLADE Calendar. We’ll take anything to do with knives: shows, seminars, workshops, hammer-ins, demonstrations, shop tours, classes, throwing competitions, open meetings at your knife club. You supply the details below. We’ll enter it onto the site and send...

Shock-and-claw karambits

Shock and Claw in New BLADE®

“Shock and claw” karambits, the damascus knives that changed knife history and the complete lowdown on the 4th Annual BLADE University at the 36th Annual BLADE Show are but a few of the highlights of the latest BLADE®, on newsstands NOW! Boasting a blade shaped like a sickle, the karambit has been adapted for martial arts...

Jared Wihongi helped design his signature line of knives with Browning.

Edged-Weapon Expert Talks Knife Fighting

Jared Wihongi is a native New Zealander who began training in martial arts at an early age. As a young man he had the chance to live in the Philippines and study an edged-weapon style of fighting called Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Jared has spent 14 years as a law-enforcement special weapons and tactics operator....

Fowler at BLADE Show

Meet The Editors at The BLADE Show

If you are one of thousands of knife enthusiasts worldwide who will attend the 36th Annual BLADE Show June 2-4, it’s time to start making your to-do list for the world’s largest and most important knife event. In addition to all the knives and knife accessories, BLADE University classes, demos, cutting competitions, knife collections, knife judging competitions,...

Choil on Spyderco Polestar.

Can You Define Knife Choil?

Is a knife choil a nick, a notch, a finger groove or something else? And besides, what’s the difference between a nick and a notch? What it is is one of those knife-specific terms that seems to evade proper definition by many, everyone from knife newbies to knife aficionados. One definition for knife choil from...

Roman Kislitsyn makes knives in Sami style. Sami people are native reindeer herders of northern Scandinavia.

Maker Continues Laplander Culture with Sami Knives

Roman Kislitsyn grew up in Apatity in the Murmansk region of northwestern Russia. Close to Norway, parts of the area also include the lands of the Sami people (in the past referred to as Lapps or Laplanders) which traverse the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the northern and coastal regions of Finland, Sweden and...

Zac Brown shares the stage with Southern Grind spokesman, Johnny Joey Jones.

Southern Grind Marine Pens Poem Of Combat

Johnny Joey Jones, Triple J to his friends and Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician to his Marine Corps brethren, wrote a poem about a particular day, a particular explosion, a particular knife, while on patrol in Afghanistan. Jones, a double amputee and motivational speaker, is the spokesman and more for Zac Brown’s Southern Ground, which...