Knifemaking

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,...

How to Make Mosiac Damascus

Video: How to Make Mosaic Damascus Steel with Ed Caffrey

In this video from the American Bladesmith Society, master smith Ed Caffrey details how to make mosaic damascus. This technique yields stunning steel for beautiful blades. How to Make Mosaic Damascus: The Billet From the video: First, I built a 4″x4″x6″ “can” and plugged one end with piece of 3/8″ place, then laid out...

How To Reserve Your Hotel Room For the BLADE Show

It’s that time of year again—when people start tearing their hair out trying to reserve their hotel rooms for the following year’s BLADE Show (www.bladeshow.com). Of course, the fact people are already lining up for their lodging seven months before it starts is testimony to just how important the show has become worldwide. And,...

New BLADE Says Boo! on Newsstands Now!

D.B. Fraley’s Torrent 5.0 “Grim Reaper” says boo to you on the cover of the latest BLADE® (www.blademag.com),  on most newsstands TODAY! Sporting extensive gold-inlay by engraver C.J. Cai in a fitting Halloween motif, the big flipper folder was five years in the planning and completion stages and its owner, Jon Ukman, is thrilled...

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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.

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...

Sharp Knowledge: 3 Knife Steel Basics

One of the questions knife enthusiasts ask most is What is the best steel for a knife? Before you can answer such a question, you must first know exactly what it is you need in a knife. 1) Will you use the knife to cut meat, or paper, or rope, or plastic, or a...