BALISONG FLIPPERS WILL COMPETE for Title at BLADE Show

The 2nd Annual Battle for Bali-Champion.

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 onsite on Saturday. 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.

2018 Master Smith of the Year- Knife Will Leave You Speechless

By BLADE Magazine Digital Editor, Ben Sobieck 

Words can’t do justice to some knives. Here’s one of them.

The American Bladesmith Society (ABS) selected Terry Vandeventer to make the Master Smith of the Year Knife for 2018. He didn’t disappoint.

Vandeventer posted these photos of the knife to Facebook:

“You can get your hands on this incredible knife when it’s auctioned at the BLADE Show June 1-3 in Atlanta. It was a pleasure to make and it’s going to a good and worthy cause,” Vandeventer wrote.

Features

  • Feather-pattern damascus steel blade
  • Damascus fittings
  • Argentium silver and copper ornamental filework
  • File-worked frame handle
  • Museum-fitted woolly mammoth ivory

How You Can Get This Knife

“Professional photos will be taken, and it will be auctioned at the BLADE Show in Atlanta next June. Proceeds going to the ABS.,” Vandeventer wrote in this post.

All you need to do to make a bid is show up. BLADE Show tickets and information here.