Knife Collecting

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Distal taper is exhibited in the way Terry Vandeventer's blade goes from thick to thin. (SharpByCoop photo)

Distal Taper: Why Knives Have It

Distal taper is a concept long used by knifemakers in different parts of the world. Characterized by a reduction in thickness of the blade from guard to tip and spine to edge, distal taper results in a knife that is both lightweight and exhibits excellent edge geometry. The concept is also employed on knife...

Tell us how you used your knife this past weekend. The knife is the Fallkniven PXLim. (Mary Lou Ayres photo)

How Did You Use Your Knife This Weekend?

How did you use your knife this weekend? Did you cut open a box or two, prepare meals, cut loose thread from an item of clothing, peel an apple or just whittle to pass the time? Maybe you performed some survival or bushcraft tasks, such as carving a drinking cup, practice building a makeshift...

The issue of BLADE on newsstands now addresses the skull-cutter craze.

Embrace the Skull-Cutter Craze

If you like knives, swords, cleavers and other edgeware embellished with skulls, the knife industry’s skull-cutter craze is for you. And it’s ideal for Halloween, too! Knives with skull motifs are nothing new. Knifemakers long have offered knives embellished with skulls, along with other ghoulish characters such as goblins, gargoyles, dragons, witches and warlocks,...


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.


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...