The federal ivory ban, the 12th Annual BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition, how to make a cut ‘n shoot and much more will highlight the free seminars of the 33rd Annual BLADE Show June 6-8 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Free BLADE Show seminars will include the BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition. (PointSeven photo)
Dan Keffeler shows his championship form in the BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition, one of several free BLADE Show seminars. (PointSeven photo)

The seminars are free to all BLADE Show ticket holders only.

Knifemaker Jim Hammond has made knives with assorted ivory handle materials for decades, and Sandra Brady has scrimmed ivory handles for many years as well. She also has been on the front lines of the debate over the federal ivory ban. Both will discuss the ban, its effect on knives, how to identify the many different ivories and much more in their free seminar, “Ivory: Past, Present and Future.”

Knifemaker Dan Keffeler will return to defend his title in the 12th Annual BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition, conducted by BladeSports International (BSI). Others who will participate in the competition that pits big cutters in such regimens as the 2-inch free-hanging rope cut, 2×4 chop and more will include past champion Ted Ott, BSI Executive Director Donavon Phillips, Jim Cottingham and others.

ABS master smith Steve Culver won “Best of the Rest” in the 2013 BLADE Show’s custom knife judging competition with his “Laffite’s Revenge” cut ‘n shoot knife/pistol—which also will serve as the cover knife for the July BLADE® (on many newsstands beginning April 22)—and will show you how he made it in his special seminar. Other free seminar topics will include: Sharpening On a Stick, with knifemaker Jared Williams; How To Use Bushcraft Knives, with knife writer/designer Abe Elias; Surviving Inside the Kill Zone, with  knifemaker Ernest Emerson; Tactical & Handforged Knives: What To Look For, with purveyor Les Robertson; Estate Planning and Your Knife Collection, with BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Bruce Voyles; and much more.

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