Fixed Blade Knives

As opposed to a folding knife, or folder, a fixed blade does not feature a blade that folds. The blade is in a fixed position as it is attached to the handle, and is often sheathed when not in use.

Show your knife skills in KA-Bar's Pumpking Carving Challenge.

Enter KA-BAR’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

Break out your favorite KA-BAR knife, grab a pumpkin and commence to carving—it’s time for KA-BAR’s third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! The winner will receive a free KA-BAR knife. The contest runs through Halloween, Oct. 31. Using your favorite KA-BAR knife, carve a pumpkin and photograph the result. The photograph must also include the...

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Innovative Knives

Congratulations to Michael Vagnino for winning the 2014 Wooden Sword award, given out to one custom knifemaker each year on page 7 of the KNIVES annual book.

No mention of the greatest knifemakers is complete without mention of Buster Warenski. (SharpByCoop.com photo)

Cutlery Hall Of Fame: Buster Warenski

Any discussion of the greatest custom knifemakers of the modern era must include the late Buster Warenski, a member of the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame. While best known for his reproduction of the King Tut Dagger in the late 1980s, Warenski’s influence on custom knives, knifemakers and the Knifemakers’ Guild was immense and, in...

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Art Knife vs. Cutting Tool Debate

The art knife versus cutting tool debate of whether knives are, or should be, works of art or cutting tools has always intrigued me. There are those who are a bit “put off” by art knives because they prefer utilitarian knives made to be used and employed when needed. That is certainly understandable, and...

Don't ask a maker how long it took him to make a knife.

What To Ask/Not Ask a Knifemaker

When you buy a knife from a knifemaker, it’s your money and you have the right to ask him or her any question—within reason—about the knife. However, there are certain questions we recommend you ask and others we recommend you don’t ask. For instance: •Don’t ask how long it took to make the knife....

Great custom knives always highlight the Guild Show.

Guild Show: Granddaddy Custom Knife Event

The Knifemakers’ Guild Show will hold its 44th annual rendition—the granddaddy of all custom knife shows—this weekend at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Knifemakers, knifemaking suppliers, purveyors and more from all over the world will convene in Derby Town, where some of the best custom knives will be shown and sold. The...

DO ask a maker's permission before picking up a knife from his table at a knife show.

Do’s & Don’ts of Knives

The do’s and don’ts of knives are many. Knowing them will make your knife experience much more rewarding and satisfying. Here are but a few: DO use a sharpener to touch up the edge of your knife after each use or at the end of each day of use. DON’T use your knife as...