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Blade Show West 18 – Doublestar Fury Crashete

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Designed by Rob Cabrera of Filo Bladeworks, you can definitely see the Kali influence on the Fury. The fury boasts a 10″ blade made from .285” thick S7 Tool Steel, although the full tang extends to 18.25″ in length. The blade is also cerakoted in Midnight Bronze. The handle is G10 and it comes with a Boltaron sheath. Made in the USA!


Blade Show West 18 – SIG SAUER Knives by Hogue Knives

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

There was a time when the only way to get a SIG knife by Hogue Knives was to be a member of the SIG Legion. But now, there is a line of different designs available to everyone.

The knives are all made in the USA from US sourced materials. The blades are 154 CM or CPM154 stain resistant steel that is cryogenically heat treated to a Rockwell of 57-59. They include fixed, folding and automatic options.

Check out the full line here.

Blade Show West 18 – Williams Blade Design

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Williams Blade Design is run by James Williams and sons. James is a former Army officer with iver 50 years of experience in the martial arts, having developed The System of Strategy. For over 20 years he has been creating blade designs for himself and others. While they are made in relatively small batches, they are highly sought after as working blades.

Seen here are several of his designs. The HZT 002 features a 6.5″ Blade made from 80CrV2 by Daniel Winkler.

If you’re a true knife aficionado, you’ve probably already heard of James Williams and his knives. If not, poke around this website and check out his designs, both on williamsbladedesign.com and CRKT.com.

Blade Show West 18 – Cascadia Points by Cascadia Cutlery

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Cascadia Points consist of a three pack of lightweight arrowhead-style points linked together on para-cord. You can carry them in your survival kit and they are ready to be lashed to a pole. The heads include a classic arrow shape, split-prong fishing point and side-notch arrowhead.

Made in the USA from heat treated 1095 tool steel by Cascadia Cutlery.

Blade Show West 18 – OOAK Forge Aluminum Straight Shooter Slingshot

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

One of the cool things about Blade Show is the creativity of the makers. Take for example this slingshot.

Made from aircraft aluminum with a rubber band, it’s compact enough to fit into the palm of your hand or back pocket. It will even tuck into PALS webbing.

Available in Gold, Purple, Black, Red, and Raw Aluminum.


Blade Show West 18 – Gerber Flatiron

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

I really like the Flatiron’s cleaver design. It features a 3.6″ blade paired with a textured G-10 composite handle. Well, I guess I should clarify. The scale on the side with the lock, is aluminum. The other one is G10.

You’ll notice the extra plate beside the lock. That’s to keep a tight grip from indexing the lock during opening and slowing it preventing a complete opening to full lock.

? Full length: 8.5″
? Blade length: 3.8″
? Blade steel: 7Cr17MoV
? Cleaver style, satin finish blade
? Thumb hole for one-hand opening
? G-10 composite handle scales
? Frame lock
? Pocket clip


Blade Show West 2018

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

This weekend is the inaugural Blade Show West at the Portland Civic Center in Portland, Oregon.

With so many knife brands headquartered here, this is certainly the place for it.

The AEGIS Pocket Survival Kit by Fire Water Survival

Friday, June 15th, 2018

At Blade Show I met Craig Tonelli, owner of Fire Water Survival. He was showing the AEGIS Pocket Survival Kit, which boasts a rather unique combination of components.

When you first see it, it looks common enough, what with the 12 foot of 550 cord wrapping. But once you remove that, you expose what appears to be a metal capsule.

Turns out, it’s a collapsible metal cup which also stores the other components. In addition to the cordage and water purification capability, it also contains fishing kit, fire starter and cutting tool.


There is a larger kit named the Chief which is based on the same concept but with more of it.


-Eric Graves