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Knife lovers will gather at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta for the 2017 BLADE Show, June 2-4.

7 Reasons Makers Should Attend Knife Shows

If you’ve read “The Wonder of Knifemaking,” you know author Wayne Goddard offers six reasons why makers should attend knife shows. While some are timeless, some have changed with the more pervasive use of social media. With BLADE® Show coming up June 2-4, I’ve updated the reasons why makers should attend knife shows, while...

Paddy Smyth of Smyth Knives feels at peace when working in his knifemaking workshop.

Irishman uses fossilized bog oak for knife handles

Irishman Paddy Smyth of Smyth Knives in County Roscommon, Ireland, sells 90 percent of his knives through his website to customers in the USA. The other 10 percent are purchased through The Quiet Cailin Studios in Cong, County Mayo, where “The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, was filmed. Some even incorporate...

New BLADE on newsstands!

Mount Rushmore of Knifemakers in BLADE!

A contemporary version of the Mount Rushmore of Knifemakers, a secret of knife collecting, knives with nice butts, the Bob Loveless knife that changed knife history and more touch up the edge of the latest BLADE®, on newsstands NOW! BLADE did an all-time “Mount Rushmore of Knifemakers”—the top four makers of the modern era—in...

Buck Metro keychain knife

Tactical Knife: Definitions and Origin

Exactly what constitutes a tactical knife has been addressed in BLADE®, other knife magazines—one of which was even called Tactical Knives—KnifeForums and other knife discussion forums, social media, books, the national media and elsewhere. Some originally described it, and still do, as a folding or fixed-blade knife with a non-glare blade and black synthetic...

Keep your edge with the Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System.

Keep Your Edge with the Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System

Next to a knife on their wish list, knife owners and collectors are typically on the hunt for one thing — a superior sharpening system. Finding the right solution to handle a wide spectrum of blade styles, grinds and material is more difficult than it sounds. As most knife aficionados know, what draws a...