Knifemaker Brian Tighe to Present Damacore at BLADE Show West 2018

Knifemaker Brian Tighe to Present Damacore at BLADE Show West 2018
The Tighe Fighter, by Brian Tighe. (Eric Eggly, PointSeven Studios photo)
Knifemaking class
The Tighe Fighter, by Brian Tighe. (Eric Eggly, PointSeven Studios photo)
Brian Tighe knives
Brian Tighe

The 2018 BLADE Show West seminar slate received another shot in the arm today with the announcement that award-winning knifemaker Brian Tighe will participate in the seminar, “Damacore: Damasteel’s Hot New Blade Laminate.” BLADE Show West will be Oct. 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

“Brian was among the first to use Damacore and has the most experience working in it up to now,” noted Damasteel’s Per Jarbelius, who also will participate in presenting the seminar. “As a very experienced knifemaker in general and with Damasteel, Brian will have valuable input to contribute.”

The presentation will be part of the show’s “Steel Day” of seminars, which also will include “Nitro-V: The New Super Steel.” Join Peter Bruno and Dale Cucos of New Jersey Steel Baron as they outline this hot new blade steel.

Complete BLADE Show West Seminar Schedule

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1 p.m.-2 p.m.: “Knifemaking 101 Q&A”—ABS master smith Bruce Bump and bladesmith Mike Pierce will offer professional tips on how to get started making knives, including how to learn, classes to take, shop tips, tools to buy, the things to do and not do, and more.

3 p.m.-5 p.m.: “How To Sharpen With The Latest Sharpeners”—In back-to-back one-hour sessions, representatives of Work Sharp and Wicked Edge Sharpeners will demonstrate how to get a razor-sharp edge on a knife with the latest sharpener of their respective companies.


11 a.m.-12 p.m.: “How To Put a Handle on Your Knife”—David Tuthill of Fire Horse Forge will demonstrate, with the help of a Burr King grinder and his own equipment, how to attach a wooden handle to a knife.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: “How To Make a Flowed-In Guard”—ABS master smith David Lisch will show you how it’s done on a Burr King grinder outfitted with a small wheel attachment.

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: “Custom Chef’s Knife Roundtable Discussion”—ABS master smith Bill Burke and Daniel O’Malley of Epicurean Edge will talk about one of the hottest genres of custom knives, including their hottest custom examples, how they’re made, how they’re used and who uses them—including professional chefs—and more.

4 p.m.-5 p.m.: “The Road to World-Class Custom Slip Joints”—Award-winning multi-blade maker Bill Ruple and two of his top pupils—award-winning makers Rusty Preston and Luke Swenson—will conduct a class on how they have come to be among the custom industry’s top makers of slip joints, including the mentor/pupil relationship, the keys to making the best slip joints and more.


11 a.m.-12 p.m.: “Damacore: Damasteel’s Hot New Blade Laminate”—Per Jarbelius of Damasteel will outline the performance, strength and beauty of Damacore, Damasteel’s new laminated knife blade material with a center made of high nitrogen steel.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: “Nitro-V: The New Super Steel”—Peter Bruno and Dale Cucos of New Jersey Steel Baron will tell all about New Jersey Steel Baron’s Nitro-V, one of the latest high-performance blade steels being used by a growing number of custom knifemakers.

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