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Randall Knife Collectors Club Wants You!

The Randall Knife Collectors Club is up and running and wants you to join its ranks today. The RKCC has been over two years in the making and held its third meeting at the 2014 BLADE Show earlier this month at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. “We boast an active membership of over...

Thanks to beaucoup edged stuff, the 2014 BLADE Show was a smash success.

2014 BLADE Show A Smash Success

Overflow crowds, the latest knives, award winners, Cutlery Hall Of Famers and scads of sharp stuff in general made the 2014 BLADE Show a smash success. Held June 6-8 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, the BLADE Show is the world’s largest and most important knife event, and the 33rd annual rendition...

BLADE Show Blowout Friday-Sunday, June 6-8

Thousands of knife enthusiasts from all corners of the globe will descend on the world’s largest and most important annual knife event—the BLADE Show—Friday through Sunday, June 6-8, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The latest in custom, factory, tactical, survival, kitchen, military, utility and collector knives, and anything and everything that cuts—as...

BLADE University: Few Seats Remain!

Few seats remain for BLADE University, the BLADE Show‘s classroom approach to teaching you all about your favorite subject—knives—from every angle. Held on the BLADE Show site at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, BLADE University will begin the day before the BLADE Show next week, June 5, and end June 7. •TACTICAL KNIVES:...

BLADE Show BLADE® On Newsstands Now!

Get the lowdown on the upcoming BLADE Show with the BLADE Show preview issue of BLADE® Magazine—on newsstands now! Set to invade Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre June 6-8, the BLADE Show is the world’s largest and most important knife event. The people who move and shake the knife industry will descend on Atlanta for...

Vote Online for The People’s Choice Award

You will have the chance to vote online for the first-ever BLADE Magazine People’s Choice Award during the BLADE Show June 6-8. Held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, the BLADE Show is the world’s biggest and most important knife event, showcasing the latest in factory, custom, antique, military, tactical and other knives—as ...

Jimmy Lile used pre-ban ivory on his classic bowie.

Don’t miss the June 2 deadline for the June 9 public meeting on the federal ivory ban. Jimmy Lile used pre-ban ivory on his classic Lone Wolf Gonzaullas knife he made in the late 1970s. (image courtesy of Jack Lucarelli)

If you care to express your views concerning the federal ivory ban, you are urged to participate in another public meeting—scheduled this time for June 9—by the Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on combating wildlife trafficking. Signup deadline to attend is June 2. If you want to submit talking points for discussion during the meeting but cannot attend, you must submit them in writing by June 2 as well. No e-mails or faxes will be accepted!

The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT at the U.S. General Service Administration Building, 1800 F St. NW, Room 1153, Washington, D.C 20405. For more information on deadlines, where to send your written statements, etc., visit

According to scrimshander Sandra Brady, you may attend the meeting in person or you may participate via telephone. “At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting,” she noted. “If you or anyone you know would like to have their voice heard, now is the time. You must sign up to make a statement or sign up to be present during the meeting by June 2. I believe letters would be appropriate if received no later than June 2.

“If you are a knife club member or in charge of a newsletter, please get this info out. Also, those of you who are active on forums, please pass this around there, too. We need a strong showing, lots of letters, and don’t forget to contact your congressional representatives. We do not want sales in pre-ban ivory to become a felony!”

The Advisory Council is called upon to hold such meetings as a result of Executive Order by President Obama (see The June 9 meeting will be the third one held by the Advisory Council. According to an Advisory Council release, the meeting will be held to “discuss administrative topics and hear public comments and questions.”

Stay tuned to a special ivory site,, for updates and more information.