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Holy grail knives in new BLADE.

Holy Grail Knives in New BLADE

Are you in search of your “Holy Grail” of knives or have you found it? Or did you find it and trade it away? Or do you doubt that such a knife exists? The new issue of BLADE®, on newsstands now, examines the topic of holy grail knives in depth with a special story...

Pardue wins Lorenzi Award.

Mel Pardue Wins Lorenzi Award

A veteran knifemaker exemplary in terms of teaching and mentoring his fellow makers in the fine art of building knives, Mel Pardue is the 2016 BLADE Show winner of the Edda and Aldo Lorenzi Award. Edda and Aldo Lorenzi, owners of the old G. Lorenzi retail knife store in Milan, Italy, continue to support...

Delavans and Plaza win Industry Achievement Award.

Industry Achievement: Delavans & Plaza

To understand why the Delavan Family and Plaza Cutlery won the BLADE Magazine 2016 Industry Achievement Award at this year’s BLADE Show, join us in a trip down memory lane. . It was over 42 years ago that Del and Lois Delavan, along with their son Dan, fresh out of the Army, opened Plaza...

Final Rule on ivory.

Ivory: Brady Deciphers Final Rule

In case you missed it, this past June 6 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its final rule concerning the Special Rule on African Elephants. The final rule will go into effect on July 6—just a little over two weeks from now. As stated in the USFWS press release accompanying the rule’s publication,...


Bushcraft Knives Highlight New BLADE

Bushcraft is the art of surviving in the wild with the tools and materials you have at hand and/or can scrounge on the spot, and few if any of those tools are more important than man’s oldest—the knife. In his story in the latest issue of BLADE®—on newsstands NOW—author, knifemaker, knife designer and bushcraft...

BLADE U. and Joe Keeslar.

35th BLADE Show Enjoys Record Crowds

Record crowds, unbelievable knives, the world’s best makers, the BLADE Magazine 2016 Knife-Of-The-Year Awards and so much more highlighted the 35th BLADE Show June 3-5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Featuring almost 1,000 exhibitors covering all segments of the cutlery industry from over 20 countries in the world’s largest knife show, the...

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The Whole World Will Be Cutting

The whole world will be cutting at the 35th Annual BLADE Show. Question is, will you be among them? June 3-5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, the BLADE Show is the event knife enthusiasts point to year round, with many saving their knife “fun” money just for this one show where custom...