|Categories||knives, knife collecting|
|Publisher||Gun Digest Media LLC|
|Company||Gun Digest Media LLC|
|Based in||Appleton, Wisconsin|
History and profile
First published in 1973 under the title American Blade by Southern House Publishing Co. with Blackie Collins as the editor, the magazine's title was changed to Blade in 1982 after its purchase by Jim Parker and Bruce Voyles. In the 1980s, the magazine served as the launching point for an annual convention for knife collectors, the Blade Show; established a Cutlery Hall of Fame; and spun off a trade magazine, Blade Trade. In 1994, Voyles, then the sole owner, sold the publication and its properties to Krause Publications, which increased its frequency to monthly. F+W Publications Inc. purchased Krause Publications and Blade in 2002 and published it under its brand beginning in October 2004. In 2018, Gun Digest Media LLC acquired Blade, Blade Show and all related properties.
Coverage in the magazine ranges across the knife hobby, including military knives, kitchen cutlery, and manufacturing and legislation issues. However, Blade is much MORE than just a magazine about knives: it's a window into the entire Knife Making Community: the artisans who craft from raw materials, incredible tools of functional beauty from simple and elegant to stunningly elaborate. It's about those same artisans sharing the Passion that lives in them and bestowing their knowledge to those who follow in their footsteps. It's about that same Community coming together to aid others in need. And, it's a chronological account of the evolution of our First Tool, and how our Human History is often linked to some of those tools. The magazine publishes several identification columns and values for collectible knives.
Cutlery Hall of Fame
Every year, Blade enters a new person into the "Cutlery Hall of Fame". The Cutlery Hall of Fame is composed of knifemakers, authors and persons who promote knife making, Bladesmithing, and Knife collecting. Each year, the living members of the Cutlery Hall Of Fame nominate and vote on the latest inductee to join their ranks.
- Henry D. Baer - Knifemaker, President of Schrade Knives and namesake of the "Uncle Henry" brand of pocketknives.
- Dewey Ferguson - Author
- Bo Randall - Knifemaker
- James B. Lile - Knifemaker
- M.H. Cole - Knifemaker and Author
- Al Buck - Founder of Buck Knives
- William R. Williamson - Scholar and collector of Bowie knives
- Pete Gerber - Founder of Gerber Legendary Blades
- Bob Loveless - Knifemaker
- William F. Moran - Bladesmith
- Jim Parker - Knifemaker
- George Herron - Knifemaker 1932-2007
- Frank Buster - Knifemaker
- Frank Forsyth
- A.G. Russell - Knifemaker
- Ken Warner - Author
- Jim Bowie - Father of the Bowie knife
- Maury Shavin
- Hubert Lawell
- William Scagel - Knifemaker
- Gil Hibben - Knifemaker
- Harry McEvoy - Author
- Buster Warenski - Knifemaker
- Albert M. Baer - Founder of Schrade Knives
- Col. Rex Applegate - Knife designer, author
- B.R. Hughes - Author
- Bruce Voyles - Author
- Bernard Levine - Author
- Houston Price - Author
- Bill Adams - Author
- Jim Weyer - Author and photographer
- Chuck Buck - Knifemaker - Buck Knives
- Blackie Collins - Knifemaker
- Frank Centofante - Knifemaker
- Ron Lake - Knifemaker
- Sal Glesser - Designer, Founder of Spyderco
- Joe Drouin - Knife Collector
- Bob Schrimsher - Knifemaking Supply
- Rudy Ruana - Knifemaker
- D¹Alton Holder - Knifemaker
- Michael Walker - Knifemaker, Inventor of the Walker linerlock
- George "Butch" Winter - Author
- Tim Leatherman - Inventor of the multi-tool knife and founder of Leatherman Tools
- Dan Dennehy - Knifemaker, Founding Member of the Knifemakers' Guild
- Ken Onion - Knifemaker and inventor of the SpeedSafe Mechanism
- Al Mar - Knifemaker, founder of Al Mar Knives
- Paul Bos - Master heat treater - Buck Knives
- Kit Carson - Knifemaker
- Wayne Goddard - Knifemaker
- Chris Reeve - Knifemaker
- "Contact Us". Blade. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Krause cuts a trail to blade enthusiast", Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management, 1994
- Baker, Don (2002). "F&W INC. TO ACQUIRE PUBLISHER KRAUSE". The Cincinnati Post. Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- Kertzman, Joe (2003). Knives 2003, 23rd Edition. Appleton, WI: Krause Publications. pp. 47–48. ISBN 978-0-87349-448-9.
- Ewald, Chase (2003). "Getting an Edge". American Cowboy. Active Interest Media, Inc. 10 (4): 86.
- Searson, Mike (April 1, 2011). "The Best Knives of G2". Blade. FW Media Inc. 37 (5): 80–84.
- "Mr. SpeedSafe Joins the Club". Blade Magazine. July 22, 2008. Archived from the original on August 13, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- Shackleford, Steve. "BLADE Show Names Top Knives". Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- Sobieck, Ben (June 6, 2015). "2015 Knife of the Year Awards Recognize Best in Blades". Blade.[permanent dead link]