The BLADE Blogs

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

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Summer Fun Requires a Cool Camp Cutter

A cool camp cutter is a must to help you fully enjoy the fun and sun of summertime in America. Whether you are wilderness camping or simply spending a leisurely day at the lake, some of the latest models will make your experience easier and more satisfying. Cool Camp Cutter No. 1: Tactical Spork Eating outdoors can...

Pete Sloan got a helping hand from his daughter Erin when he made neckers for Spencer Aplin's wife and son.

Maker Uses Daughter’s Hand To Perfect Mini Knife

“One thing that Spencer is very good at is knowing what I’d like,” Lisa Johnson Aplin said. Lisa is the co-founder and chief operating officer of STA Custom Knives out of Brazoria, Texas. She and knifemaker Spencer Aplin were married in 1993, and together they have a son Alexx who will...

BLADE on newsstands

Dellana’s First Goblin Folder in BLADE

Dellana shows you how she made her first goblin folder, read why Buster Warenski’s King Tut dagger changed knife history, school yourself on the hottest custom makers’ hottest knives and more in the latest issue of BLADE®—on newsstands NOW! Dellana is known throughout the custom knife industry for her ornate high-end folders and learned...

27 Star-Spangled, Flag-Waving Knives That Cut Great

You need a knife. Everyone needs a knife. You know those plastic zip ties that you can’t get the scissor blade under that are lashing down the new grill spatula? Yeah, those. You need a knife for that. You know how it aggravates your sense of order when you’re forced to...

Satin-finish symmetry

Proper Knife Fit and Finish Defined

Fit and finish is a term used to identify the earmarks of a quality made knife. In a nutshell, fit and finish is an arrangement of balanced proportions and symmetry in the entire piece. With the dividing line being the knife’s spine, there should be a correspondence in shape, size and...

Bobby Toerck close handle material made by Terry Dunn.

Dad Makes Knife For His Deer-Hunter Daughter

Ten-year-old Jordan Toerck had been pestering her knifemaker father, Bobby Toerck, to make her a knife for a while. But she was still young, so Bobby held her off. He promised to make her a knife when she got her first deer. Well, in January, she did just that and true...

BLADE and Bold Action

Can Fire-Steel Bushcrafters Take the Heat?

See if bushcraft knives with fire steels can take the heat, meet a Marine Corps vet who helps spread the good word of Zac Brown’s knives, learn whether paying knife deposits on custom knives is for you and more in the latest issue of BLADE®—on newsstands now! BLADE field editor Abe...