Help BLADE Choose the Official Knife of BLADE Show 2018

Each year, BLADE selects an official knife of the BLADE Show, the annual event each June in Atlanta. The knives are stamped with the BLADE Show logo and serialized, making them instant collectibles.

For BLADE Show 2018, BLADE wants YOU to help choose the knife. It’s simple:

  • Browse the CRKT knives below
  • Vote using the form at the bottom of the page
  • One vote per person
  • Voting closes Feb. 28

The winning model will be available at and at the show. 


BLADE Magazine Announces BLADE Show West in Portland

 World’s Greatest Knife Show Heads West!

BLADE®, the world’s No. 1 knife media brand, announced today the all-new BLADE Show West in Portland, Oregon—the Knife-Making Capital of the USA. The 3-day show will open its doors at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday Oct. 5, 2018.

BLADE Show West is presented by BLADE® Magazine, which also hosts the Annual BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia June 1-3.

The new BLADE Show West will feature the works of prestigious knife manufacturers large and small, as well as handmade knives made by skilled custom knife makers. And Portland is the perfect city.

“There’s no better place to have a new BLADE Show than in the backyard of Blade City USA,” said Steve Shackleford, BLADE® Magazine Editor in Chief. “Knife enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and there are many thousands of knife aficionados and knife makers in the West. We’re eager to see and showcase all the great blades out there.”

BLADE Show West attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • See knives of all types and designs—fixed blades, folders, automatics, swords, daggers, tactical knives, throwing knives, art knives and more
  • View custom knives designed, forged, and finished by individual knife makers, and new models by renowned manufacturers
  • Visit knife dealers, purveyors, collectors, and knife enthusiast organizations at more than 200 booths and tables
  • Shop for knives priced from $10 to more than $10,000, knifemaking supplies and machinery, and accessories from sharpeners to cases
  • Vote for the Best Knives of BLADE Show West
  • See knives entered in the Weirdest Knife Contest—in line with the region’s unique Keep Portland Weird! slogan

More information coming soon!


NEW BLADE University Speakers this year!

BLADE University is kickin it up a notch with 12 new BLADE U speakers that will be touching on a variety of knife related topics. From Nick Rossi of the New England School of Metalwork, ABS master smith Bill Burke and BLADE Magazine Field Editor, Dexter Ewing, you are bound to find a class to meet your knife needs! 

Check out the full list below of all the amazing speakers from all around the world you can learn from! Plus, view the full list of classes and save $10 with every 3 classes you purchase. Don’t let this one-of-a-kind experience pass you by. 

NEW speakers!

Nick Rossi, New England School of Metalwork 

Craig Camerer, ABS journeyman smith 

Herbert Derr, custom knifemaker 

Dexter Ewing, professional sharpener/BLADE Magazine Field Editor

Scott McGhee, ABS master smith 

Charles Gedraitis, custom knifemaker 

Capt. Chris Stanaback, Knives/Sportsmen Services 

Les Robertson, Robertson’s Custom Knives 

Bill Burke, ABS master smith 

Miles Wirtel, Santa Fe Stoneworks

Michael Sort Mouritsen, Raffir

Dellana, knifemaking artist



Timothy Potier, ABS master smith 

JW Randall, ABS master smith 

Tom Krein, knifemaker 

Abe Elias, knifemaker/BLADE Magazine Field Editor

Wally Hayes, ABS master smith 

Chris Amos, HEPK master smith/BLADE Magazine Contributor 

Brion Tomberlin, ABS master smith 


Bali Competition: Butterfly Knife Flipping Championship at BLADE Show 2018 in Atlanta

The best balisong flippers in the world will return to BLADE Show to compete for the title of Grand Master in Bali Comp 2018. Blade HQ will host the annual event and Blade Runners Systems will run the competition dynamics alongside expert judges from the balisong community. Participants will compete with live, sharp knives while they do rollovers, transfers, and aerials in the chase for the title.

BLADE Show ticket holders are invited to watch the competition in The Courtyard on show Saturday at a time to be determined.

Queen Cutlery Co. Ceases Production, Reorganizes

By: Steve Shackleford, BLADE Magazine, Editor 

Queen Cutlery Co. has been forced to cease all production and close its facility in Titusville, Pennsylvania, as of today, Jan. 10, according to a Queen press release.

Kenneth Daniels, chief executive officer and president of Queen, cited issues with cash flow as the cause of the cessation of the company’s knife production. He added that all Queen employees will be furloughed while the company goes through a period of reorganization.

According to Queen’s Ryan Daniels, more information concerning Queen’s future will be released in February.

Queen made knives under the Schatt & Morgan and Schatt & Morgan Express lines, as well as the private label lines of Queen Classics, Schatt & Morgan Premier, Tuna Valley Cutlery Co., Cougar Creek Knives and Trestle Pine Knives.

Queen traces its roots back to the old New York Cutlery Co. (Schatt & Morgan), which moved from Gowanda, New York, to Titusville in 1902. The company incorporated as Schatt & Morgan Cutlery Co., Inc., and began cutlery production in January 1903. The Schatt & Morgan knives were made until 1931.

Then known as Queen City, Queen had a number of contracts with the government during World War II and also supplied other cutlery companies in their war effort. Queen City supplied product to the Jersey City Depot from May 1944 through October 1954. In addition, Queen City furnished knives for Williams Brothers Cutlery in California from Nov. 18, 1942, to December 1945.

In 1991, Queen started re-issuing the Schatt & Morgan knives, a Robeson Series in 1995, and a “File & Wire” series in 1998.

Kenneth Daniels bought Queen in 2012 and Queen had been specializing in a wide range of traditional pocketknives since then.