Cutlery News Journal Makes History!

knives2010Cutlery News Journal (CNJ) is recognized by Krause Publications’ Knives 2010– The World’s Greatest Knife Book by making their Knife Publication list.  Cutlery News Journal is the first blog to make the list. All other knife publications shown are traditional print media.

CNJ began last year and is the first independent knife collector news blog. Blogs are web media outlets published electronically. All articles are stored for easy topic search by their subscribers.

Krause Publications is a subsidiary of F + W Media, the leading enthusiast content provider and marketer of magazines, including Blade, books, conferences, and interactive media properties.

Photo credit: Krause Publications

2009 Blade Show- everything I hoped for!

2009 Blade Show

2009 Blade Show

The Blade Show is the real deal.

Very few things in life live up to my expectations (sad, but true), however, the 2009 Blade Show was everything I hoped.

I could feel the excitement the minute I stepped into the huge hall. Imagine standing in an indoor football coliseum-sized room crammed full of folks buying, selling and talking knives!

The room was totally high energy. Everywhere you looked was cutlery- from knives dating back to the Viking age, to cool customs and traditional pocket knives too, but the center of attention was the tactical knives. Thousands attended along with 700 exhibitors and most everyone had good traffic, and yet it was the knife companies displaying their hottest new tacticals that saw the throngs of consumers lined up three and four deep that dominated the show.

The tactical excitment was very contagious, and this coming from an old knife guy- pun intended- the latest hi-tech designs are off the charts. Needless to say, I heard the siren’s song too and bought my first-  from Mantis Knives. It is their just released Jyro. Way too cool.

After spending almost 20 hours in the exhibition room, I was overwhelmed with the friendliness of everyone there- from the executives of the major manufacturers, to the established custom maker and other attendees. It was close to a class reunion, even though the 2009 Blade Show was my first!

I’ll be reporting over the next week about other impressions and happenings, but wanted to provide you a high-level perspective of this killer show. The folks at Blade know how to run a show. It was perfect. I appreciate them allowing me to record the show from a collector’s and industry perspective.

Blade Magazine Article

bladelogoRecently I was asked if I’d be interested in writing an article for Blade Magazine on knife collector resources on the web. If you are a regular reader of CNJ, you know what my answer was. Well, I understand the article is in April’s edition and subscribers are starting to receive it now. 

Blade is a much needed resource for collectors of all types of knives. Really, the only thing I don’t like is having to wait for it each month and then for it to arrive by snail mail.

Blade and other traditional print pubs are the pull-up-to-the-table full-course meal, while CNJ is more the late night snack of collector news.

If you are checking out Cutlery News Journal for the first time, possibly as a result of this article, allow me to first say, “Welcome.”

One of the topics we have been looking into lately here at CNJ is  Who is today’s knife collector? And right now, we are conducting the 2009 Knife Community Survey and would like to have your participation.

So far, collectors from 8 knife forums; various email lists; local, state and national collector clubs and associations; and our regular CNJ subscribers have joined in. Plus, Jeff Smith, YouTube’s Cutlerylover, did a video broadcast to his subscribers and within 24 hours of him posting it over 800 knife enthusiasts from YouTube took the survey.

Thanks for checking out CNJ. After you have looked around, please take part in the survey.

And when you need a little late night snack, come on back.

CNJ Audio Interview Series- Steve Shackleford, Editor of Blade Magazine

Having the opportunity to sit down with the key players in the Knife Industry is a highlight of my day and today’s show is no exception. 

Being able to hear their unique perspective on the goings-on is invaluable not only collectors, but anyone related to the Knife Industry.

Today’s Knife Show guest is Mr. Steve Shackleford. Steve is the Editor of Blade Magazine. He is also moderator of Blademag.com’s knife forum.

One of the fascinating aspects of this interview is Steve’s “Birds-eye view” of the entire Knife Industry- commenting on today’s trends, knife shows, the current oversupply of knives, the “survival of the fittest” mode of many American manufacturers today, and a glimpse of Blade in the future, and much more. 

As you may be aware, Blade Magazine is the most widely read knife magazine today. Each edition covers a wide variety of subjects of interest to knife enthusiasts. Blade also hosts Blade Knife Show in Atlanta and Blade Show West each year. 

Blade’s website- Blademag.com is a high priority for them and currently hosts the Blade TV Show, its forums, its blog and knife related articles

Grab you a cup of coffee and join us in this most interesting conversation.

https://cutlerynewsjournal.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/cnj-ais-episode-04-steve-shackleford-blade.mp3″

cnj-ais-episode-04-steve-shackleford-blade

Published in: on October 16, 2008 at 6:38 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,