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2018 BLADE Show

BLADE Show 2018: Plan Now!

The world’s largest and most important knife event, BLADE Show 2018 will return next year at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta—and there’s no time like now to make plans to attend the annual edge-stravaganza that true knife enthusiasts can’t afford to miss. Slated for June 1-3, BLADE Show 2018 will assemble thousands of knife exhibitors and knife enthusiasts from...

Japanese handle wrap during BLADE U. class at BLADE Show 2017.

What REALLY Happened at BLADE Show 2017

You’ve heard all about BLADE Show 2017 but you can get the inside scoop on the show’s hottest knives and knifemakers and what and who will be hot in the future as a result in BLADE®’s special 2017 BLADE Show Recap issue, on newsstands now! Or, if you prefer a digital copy, click here. The world’s largest...

Distal taper Buckner

Distal Taper Means Quick, Lightweight Knives

Distal taper makes knives feel more lightweight, quicker in the hand and easier to use. However, the concept affects more than just weight. It also distributes balance so the knife feels neither top nor bottom heavy. In other words, the knife is well-balanced so that it goes where you want it to and cuts how you...

Case Hobo

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 be a challenge....

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 a lot under...

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 lines between both...

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 Elias puts four...