The BLADE Blogs

The blogs of the BLADE editors, Steve Shackleford and Erin Healy.

Knife Handles: As Wood As It Gets

ThereIn the burl category, redwood (left) and black ash (right) are among the more popular woods. Lloyd Harner uses each for the handles of his razors, as well as the most popular of all...

Is Knife Found In River The Original Bowie?

In what could be the most important discovery in knife history, what is alleged to be Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Jim Bowie’s original knife has been pulled from a river in Louisiana.   “Fantastic!” exclaimed...
Tyler Freund's custom folder glows violet in the dark.

6 Knife Handles That Glow In The Dark

There are four categories of "glow." Bioluminescence is, say, a firefly. There's chemiluminescence, caused by a chemical reaction—think glow stick. Radioluminescence is most frequently used in clock or watch paints and on instrument panels....

Knifemaker: A New Role for Johnny Strong

As with all Johnny Strong knives, the Urban Assassins (top photo) are flat ground from CPM-S35V stainless and heat treated by Paul Bos Heat Treating. Overall lengths: 11.5 inches. (Katie Summers photo) Johnny Strong’s...
A hammer took Buddy Thomas hearing, but gave him back the craft to express himself.

The Hammer That Took A Bladesmith’s Hearing Gave Him His Craft

Once upon a time, two little boys were smashing their toy cars with hammers. An errant swing caused a brain injury that left one of them without his hearing. Thirty-four years later the deaf...
Hoyt Buck knives

First Family of Knives?

If there's such a thing as the First Family of Knives, the Buck family is it. Buck Knives has been run by a member of the Buck family—Hoyt, Al, Chuck or CJ—since "H.H. Buck and...
Elephant vs. ancient ivories

Distinguishing Elephant from Ancient Ivory

Distinguishing elephant from ancient ivory is challenging and becoming more and more important for the owners of knives with handles of ancient ivory. However, there are two reliable keys to make the determination easier. Polished...
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