The BLADE Blogs

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

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Which Knifemakers Will Excel in 2017?

Which knifemakers will excel in 2017? What is the mark of knife greatness? When does the magic begin in the making of mosaic damascus, aka canned steel? What were the knife industry’s top stories of 2016? What will not happen in the knife industry in 2017? These and other edge-pressing questions are answered in...

Larry Roberts appeared on the second season of "Alone" and held out 64 days in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

‘Alone’ survivalist Larry Roberts praises LTWK’s Genesis

Larry Roberts, runner-up in the second season of the History channel’s wilderness survival show “Alone,” lasted 64 days in the harsh environs of Vancouver Island with one knife: the Genesis made by L.T. Wright Knives. L.T. Wright knew Roberts as a customer and because he wrote articles for the company’s Self Reliance Illustrated magazine. What...

custom knife ambassador Lobred

Custom Knife Ambassador Lobred Passes Away

Custom knife ambassador Philip Carl “Phil” Lobred, the man who commissioned the reproduction of the King Tut Dagger by Buster Warenski and along with Gil Hibben enjoyed a special audience with Elvis Presley, passed away Dec. 14 after a long illness. He was 72. Lobred was one of the first big-time collectors of custom...

Eggly says goodbye

Eggly Bids Knife Photography Farewell

Eric Eggly is saying goodbye to knife photography. The longtime knife photographer and founder of PointSeven Studios is taking a job in a different though related industry. A familiar face at knife shows worldwide, Eggly photographed knives for three decades. For about the past two decades he had owned and operated PointSeven Studios in...

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Beware BLADE Show Hotel Scammers!

It’s that time of year again, time when Internet, telephone and other scammers misrepresent themselves as so-called “official” agents of the BLADE Show in booking hotel rooms for the world’s biggest and most important knife event. Beware BLADE Show hotel scammers! To find out how to both identify such unauthorized charlatans and protect yourself...

GATCO stopped production over the summer. Bear & Son Cutlery purchased the sharpener division and W.R. Case has officially announced that they bought the Timberline knife brand of GATCO.

W.R. Case & Sons Acquires Timberline Knife Brand

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has purchased the Timberline knife brand from The Great American Tool Company, or GATCO. The plan at Case is to launch a new line of Timberline knives and accessories “into the existing portfolio,” according to a press release issued by Case media contact FJ Feightner....