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New BLADE: Makers To Watch in 2015!

Kirby Lambert resumes his perennial presence on the to-watch list of Neil Ostroff of True North Knives with such models as the Prototype Crossroads flipper in CTS XHP stainless steel, a Mokuti handle with zirconium bolsters and an IKBS bearing system. (TNK image)

Kirby Lambert resumes his perennial presence on the to-watch list of Neil Ostroff of True North Knives with such models as the Prototype Crossroads flipper in CTS XHP stainless steel, a Mokuti handle with zirconium bolsters and an IKBS bearing system. (TNK image)

Dave Stark of Steel Addiction Custom Knives said two of knifemaker Lee Williams’ protégés are gaining attention quickly: Daniel Galloway and Pat Hammond. A collaboration with Williams, Galloway’s Mongoose is the cover knife of the March 2015 issue of BLADE®. Galloway’s price: $1,600. (Kris Kandler image)

Dave Stark of Steel Addiction Custom Knives said two of knifemaker Lee Williams’ protégés are gaining attention quickly: Daniel Galloway and Pat Hammond. A collaboration with Williams, Galloway’s Mongoose is the cover knife of the March 2015 issue of BLADE®. Galloway’s price: $1,600. (Kris Kandler image)

Who will be the knifemakers to watch in 2015? How sharp is one of the hottest new knife steels in the industry? What were the most important knife stories of 2014? Learn the answers to these questions and much more in the new BLADE®, on newsstands today!

Some of the USA’s top custom knife purveyors were polled for the knifemakers to watch in the new year, with one of those makers, Daniel Galloway, having his “Mongoose” collaboration knife with Lee Williams serving as this issue’s cover piece. See who the other makers are, along with some of their top work, in the new BLADE on page 12.

The high-carbon steel known as 80CrV2 is among the newer and hotter blade materials among custom knifemakers especially.

Follow ABS master smith and BLADE field editor Joe Szilaski as he makes a knife of the steel and tries it out in his knifemaking and knife-using instructional, “How Sharp Is 80CrV2?”

The year past has seen many highlights and lowlights, from the landmark announcement by the Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society that, after almost 40 years of jousting, they will finally hold their first annual combined knife show in 2015, trends—or were they just fads?—in the industry, to the back-and-forth between the federal government and legal ivory owners over changes in ivory regulations. Get the scoop on these happenings and more in “’14’s Blades of Grey.”

While on the subject of ivory, award-winning knifemaker Jim Hammond has made knives for decades, a number with ivory and ancient ivory handles.

Not only did he conduct an in-depth seminar on ivory at the 2014 BLADE Show, he also volunteered to write a three-part story on the past, present and future of the misunderstood substance. Check out part one in the new BLADE on page 78.

KnifeArt’s Larry Connelley said Duane Dwyer’s reputation for knife innovation helps place him among the makers to watch in the coming year. Dwyer’s SnG with a titanium frame carries a KnifeArt price of $1,200.  (KnifeArt image)

KnifeArt’s Larry Connelley said Duane Dwyer’s reputation for knife innovation helps place him among the makers to watch in the coming year. Dwyer’s SnG with a titanium frame carries a KnifeArt price of $1,200. (KnifeArt image)

There’s much more in this issue, including the latest in big flipper folders, profiles of Masecraft Supply and Pohl Force Knives, a test of two compact custom axes, four hot factory slip joints, HEPK master smith and BLADE field editor Ed Fowler’s essay on how knifemakers must follow their inner muse in “It Takes Courage To Be Yourself,” and much more, all in the March BLADE.


New BLADE on newsstands now!Check out the custom knifemakers to watch in 2015 in the new BLADE®, on newsstands now!

 

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