To be held June 5-7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, the BLADE Show is the world’s largest and most important knife event. Factory and custom knifemakers, any and everyone who makes and sells knives and knife accessories, knife collectors and knife users from all over the world will converge for the 34th annual rendition of a weekend of sharp unlike any other anywhere else—and the latest BLADE® Magazine is your guide to it all.
The issue kicks off with “All Knives Point to Atlanta,” a preview of the top events and features surrounding the show, including the 2nd Annual BLADE University, a fresh approach to knife instruction taught by the world’s top knifemakers and knife authorities; the BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards, the world factory knife industry’s most coveted honors which are decided at the show; the new Aldo and Edda Lorenzi Award, which honors a top mentor to knifemakers; the 13th Annual BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition conducted by BladeSports International, which will include its first ever female contestant; the BLADE Show Demo Schedule, which will include not only the cutting competition title but also demos on Japanese sword cutting, how to forge, how to collect and much more; and everything else show related.
“They Only Come Out At Knife” features some of the top factory knives that will be introduced at the show, with more and more cutlery companies using the BLADE Show as its No. 1 debut site for their new knives. “ABS Auction Benefits Bladesmithing” lists the ABS top handforged knives that will be up for bid during the show. “What Are Your BLADE Show EDCs?” is a topical story outlining some of the knives BLADE Show attendees bring along to show and brag about to each other in a kind of “show within a show.” And BLADE field editor Ed Fowler reviews how to flourish at the world’s most important cutlery event in “Ed Fowler’s Unofficial BLADE Show Rules.”
In addition to its exclusive BLADE Show coverage, this issue of BLADE also showcases some top knives for service people on the eve of Memorial Day in “Military Knives For Memorial Day,” including the cover knife, the new Case V-42 repro. ABS master smith Wally Hayes walks you through a demo that he will also present at the BLADE Show in his story, “How To Make a Sushi Knife.” Check out some of the most unusual warranty cases ever in “Wacky World of Warranty Requests,” learn how to make tomahawks for a song in BLADE field editor Joe Szilaski’s “Making Tomahawks On A Budget” and much more, all in the latest BLADE, on newsstands NOW!