By Blade Editors
This selection of articles marks the fortieth anniversary of BLADE. half one covers the years 1973-1988 half , 1989-2000 and half 3, 2001-2012.
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Van Barnett Time Machine Donato: “The Time Machine has opened the pathway to multiple markets, including the high-end luxury and watch markets. It also brought much-needed new collectors to the custom knife world. J. J. Martin won the award for Best Tactical Folder at the BLADE Show three years running, and the Q36 was the knife he submitted the first time he won. ” Tom Mayo TNT Stark: “Often imitated but never duplicated, the TNT has proved to be a timeless design that has set the standard for the titanium framelock.
Jerry Fisk Sendero hunter “Introduced in 1993, the Sendero hunter was designed first and foremost as a highly functional tool. That it achieved this goal is, however, secondary to the story of the knife itself,” Pinnock observed. ” Chapter 3 Best Custom Knives 2001-2012 BLADE’s first 40 years witnessed the world’s finest custom knives, and the final chapter identifies the top ones from the years 2001-2012. The first chapter outlined the leading ones from 1973-88, and the second covered those from 1989-2000.
We contacted several seasoned custom knife authorities who experienced and observed all or important parts of the time in question. The ones who answered our query are purveyor Dave Hodge of Miami Nice Knife; knife retailer/purveyor Dan Delavan of Plaza Cutlery knife store; long-time custom knife photographers Eric Eggly of Point Seven and Chuck Ward; purveyor Larry Brahms of Blade Art, who also coordinates the Usual Suspect Network/G4 knife show; knifemaker/BLADE field editor Kim Breed; and knife collector and bladesmith Roger Pinnock.