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Guild/ABS Will Hold Joint Knife Show

The Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society will hold their first-ever joint knife show Sept. 18-20, 2015, in Kansas City. The show will be called the International Custom Cutlery Expo and will include knives displayed by members of both the Guild and the ABS. It will be held in the Kansas City Marriott...

BLADE’s Military Issue On Sale NOW!

A special knife for a special Navy SEAL, knifemakers for elite warriors and a rebirth of military daggers highlighted by the Spartan Blades/Les George V-14 cover knife headline BLADE®’s annual military issue, on many newsstands today. Navy SEAL Matthew G. Kantor was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 1, 2012, receiving the Bronze...

Knifemaker Kit Carson is dead.

Knifemaker Kit Carson Passes Away

Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, long-time knifemaker, Army veteran and member of the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame©, passed away Friday, Sept. 5. He was 63. Instrumental in popularizing the flipper style of folding knife, Kit made a wide range of tactical and utility folders, the best known of which are the...

What Are The Best Blade Steels?

A question we often hear is What are the best blade steels? A better way to approach the question is to determine what jobs the knife will be asked to perform. Do you need a hunting knife or an everyday carry knife? A kitchen knife or a camp knife/chopper? There are others. The type...

Most Influential Knives of the Half Century

This being the 50th anniversary of the Buck 110 and all, it got our friendly staff to thinking: What are the most influential knives of the past half century? As with any such list, the parameters must be set. Those would include knives that have been emulated most (unfortunately, this would have to include...