Custom knife purveyor Bob Neal passed away last night, losing his fight to recover from a motorcycle accident he was involved in last month.
“I love him like a brother,” stated Les Robertson, Neal's good friend and fellow knife purveyor. “For me, custom knives will never be the same.”
Based out of Atlanta, Neal had been a leading purveyor since 1983. He attended knife shows all over the USA, including the BLADE Show, where he and Robertson conducted seminars on what to look for in a custom knife and other topics. Neal also served as a custom knife judge on several occasions at the BLADE Show.
Neal was a leading authority on multi-blade knives and was used as a source by BLADE Magazine on a number of occasions for his expertise in that area.
In a conversation this reporter had with Robertson at last month's Guild Show, Robertson talked about how much Neal loved knife shows, especially going from table to table in search of that “special” knife. Nobody seemed to enjoy knife shows quite like Bob, Les noted.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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