Knife Test

A knife test can take many forms, from simply cutting paper to the extreme chopping, rope-cutting, bending and other tests conducted by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) on the knives of applicants for the rating of ABS journeyman smith and master smith. As with any test in any scientific method, specific testing methods in equal doses should be employed for whatever category of knife is in question. For instance, if it is a kitchen knife, all the tests should pertain to kitchen knife use, and each kitchen knife tested should undergo the same tests (within reason). In this way, if need be, the knives can be graded in each test and the results can be compared to determine how one knife performs in relation to another.

Want to submit your knife to BLADE for testing? E-mail with your information.

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Knifemaking Book a True Wonder

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Greg Lightfoot's Bullwhip design in a tanto blade by HMT is exclusive to ShopBlade.

Cutting Critique: HTM Lightfoot Bullwhip

The HTM Lightfoot Bullwhip Tanto is one of those deceptive heavy-duty tactical folders that feels big to the touch but, at 6.5 ounces, is surprisingly lightweight—and is our latest entry in our “Cutting Critique” series. Designed by award-winning knifemaker, motorcycle racing enthusiast, kayak builder and all-around man of many talents, Greg...

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New BLADE On Newsstands NOW!

The eye-popping ESEE-3VG in a Venom Green blade, orange G-10 handle and a lanyard to match is the cover knife for the October BLADE® (, on newsstands now! The knife is an appetizer for the lead-in story on lanyards and beads, a growing accessory trend on today’s finest knives. Want the...

How to Sharpen a Knife

Whether you're a hunter, outdoorsman, knife enthusiast, collector or experienced survivalist, learning the basics of knife sharpening often takes a backseat to more pressing matters.
Consider the Spyderco Persistence—a small knife that cuts like a bigger one.

Cutting Critique: Spyderco Persistence

The Spyderco Persistence is a small knife that cuts like a bigger one and gets the once-over in our “Cutting Critique.” The Spyderco Persistence is one of those compact cutting knives you may or may not like—depending on your tastes in general and how the knife fits your hand. I have...

Want to get the most from your BLADE Show experience? Here's how. (Point Seven photo)

Tips To Enhance Your BLADE Show Experience

With folks already arriving at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta for the BLADE Show & Living Ready Expo (, here are some tips to enhance your overall show experience: •Get there early. The show opens to the public at 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The best...

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BLADE Show Preview Issue of BLADE® Out NOW!

Know what will be happening at the BLADE Show and Living Ready Expo ( beforehand with the latest issue of BLADE® Magazine (, on newsstands NOW! Get current on the knives, the exhibitors, the knifemakers, the events, the seminars—everything you need to know about the upcoming BLADE Show set for next...