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Rebooting collections at House of Blades

Rebooting Collections Works Wonders

Rebooting collections works wonders. OK, so not everyone does it, but many who have done it one or more times seem to enjoy their collecting more. Chris Nolen has successfully rebooted his knife collection several...
Smith's Sharpener and Knife Tool

10 Family Gift Knives Sport Holiday Spirit

Whether it's blood relatives or your inner circle of friends, all of them need family gift knives. Here are 10 examples of some really sharp gifts you can give to those closest to you...
Distal taper Buckner

Distal Taper Means Quick, Lightweight Knives

Distal taper makes knives feel more lightweight, quicker in the hand and easier to use. However, the concept affects more than just weight. It also distributes balance so the knife feels neither top nor bottom heavy....
The BLADE MAGAZINE 2014 BEST BUY OF THE YEAR went to the KERSHAW-EMERSON CQC-7K. The tactical folder has a blade length of 3.25” made of 8Cr13MoV stainless. The wave-shaped feature can be made to catch on the pocket seam as the knife is removed from the pocket, thereby opening the blade. MSRP: $59.99

Knives Of The Year in New BLADE

BLADE Magazine's 2014 Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards, the knives of the BLADE Show and the latest inductee into the Cutlery Hall Of Fame highlight the new BLADE!

Ray Appleton Passes Away at 88

Ray Appleton, maker of the "I.Q." and other puzzle-type, "multilock" custom knives, passed away Saturday. He was 88. The tall, lanky, likable Appleton caused quite a sensation with his puzzle/multilock knives in the late 1980s....

Paul Bos Still Active in Heat Treating

Although formally retired from his full-time role as head of heat treat for Buck Knives, Paul Bos continues to pursue the passion that captivated him as a 9th grader, many years ago.          The Blade...

Colorado Dreamin’: Western Cutlery

A rare Twin Set of Western Cutlery knives consists of a red-handle P48A (top) and P28 (bottom). The P28 has a sabre-ground blade instead of the standard flat grind. (Clyncke photo) Knife collectors are dreamers....
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