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How World War II Forged the Custom Knife Industry

The greats of custom knifemaking's formative years got their start during World War II. Here's a look.
Ken Warner knives

“He Made ’em Famous” – A Tribute to Ken Warner

Ken Warner, the visionary behind and original editor of the acclaimed KNIVES annual book series, recently passed away. In tribute, BLADE is featuring this article from the August 2009 magazine issue about this titan of knives.
James Bowie knife

(April Fools’ Day) Bowie Knife From 1827 Sandbar Fight Found

The original knife used by James Bowie at the Sandbar Fight of 1827 has been located. The truth about the knife is shocking the world of knives.
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A Look Back At BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame® History

Here's a look back a few of the many memorable moments during BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame® inductions at the annual BLADE Show.

Why Are Switchblades Illegal?

Here's the history behind the 1958 Federal Switchblade Act, which banned automatic knives in interstate commerce. Pop culture paranoia played a role in its passage.
Balisong knife history

History: The Disputed Origins of the Butterfly Knife

Where did butterfly knives originate? Some say the Philippines. Others say it's a French variation of a Pied Du Roi. Here's a look at both claims.
Abraham Lincoln knife

Abraham Lincoln’s $100,000 Pocketknife

How much is a pocketknife owned by Abraham Lincoln worth? Around $100,000, according to this example.
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