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Burr King 960-272

The Ford of Knife Grinders?

When it comes to the go-to machine for knifemakers, the Burr King 960-272 2×72 may be the Ford of knife grinders. “The 960-272 has been in production for 40 years. It’s a knifemaker’s grinder. It started with Bob Loveless,” noted Burr King’s James Krier during the grinding classes conducted by Tom Krein and Lucas...

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Custom Pocket Clips: Sal’s Pals

  Custom knifemakers seem to introduce most knife innovations, which are then emulated by factory knife companies. Not so with custom pocket clips. BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Sal Glesser popularized knives with pocket clips in his Spyderco production line, and custom knifemakers took their cue from him. As a result, today’s custom pocket...

Forged In Fire and the BLADE Magazine Publisher's Award.

Another First for Forged In Fire

When Forged In Fire won the BLADE Magazine 2016 Publisher’s Award during this year’s BLADE Show, it was the first time a television program of any kind was recognized by BLADE® Magazine in such a manner. Selected by the BLADE staff, the Publisher’s Award honors a person or organization that has furthered the knife...

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,...