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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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The look of the blade grind combined with the handle shape started a new chapter in the tactical knife. S. S. knife shows how minimalistic an operational folding knife can be,” Breed noted. “It reduces the weight yet still remains strong. S. knife is very cool to watch as it is opened and closed, as all moving parts are seen. , one of the first mass-marketed, low-cost production knives, entered the field and quickly normalized the idea of everyday carry. S. became the flag bearer for future knifemaker-designers to enjoy financial success as well as notoriety.

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. It’s a simple yet unique approach to the genre that is really set apart by its beauty and functionality. ” Arpad Bojtos Luna Guild: “Arpad’s knives each tell a story.

We sent them a list of top knives and asked them to select and rank five or 10 models from it. We also asked them to add any to the list that we may have omitted. By “top custom knife” is meant one that excelled in terms of setting a standard that other makers attempted to emulate, and also excelled in quality of craftsmanship, originality and creativity. Bob Loveless dropped hunter Hughes had the Loveless dropped hunter and Bill Moran’s damascus knife (see following) in a tie for first. “Bob’s tapered-tang, delicately ground dropped hunter revolutionized almost overnight what custom hunting knives looked like in America,” Hughes observed.

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