Posts By: Blake

2015 Blade Show – New Knives, Swords & Canes!

Blade Show proved to be another huge success, with massive crowds of eager knife and sword fans all weekend long. Nowhere else in the world can you experience everything the blade community has to offer; from supplies for makers to the most sought after collections the Blade Show is a must to attend. If you were not there this time we hope to see you next year, and to all of our friends that visit each year we thank you and cannot wait to spend our time together again! 2015 marks CAS’s 30th Anniversary and we have asked Hanwei to produce a very limited number of special Musashi-themed swords. We received the first of these swords just before the show and they have truly outdone themselves! For the first time ever the Musashi katana is available with an exceptional Forge-Folded blade of ASSAB K120C. Many more pictures and information is available here. These swords should be available towards the end of summer.     Konstantin Kulikov of Kizlyar Supreme was on hand to show off the new Zedd and Zorg EDC Flippers and their all new steel Tactical Echelon Trainers. Several Prototypes were also on display (see prototype section below) including some throwing knives designed by a famous Russian knife throwing expert and new outdoor models with stabilized walnut scales and nice leather sheaths.   Dominique Eleure, the owner of Citadel Knives and Swords, was showing off his unique blend of old-world and… Read more »

2015 SHOT Show and ANME

This year at the SHOT and ANME shows we had on hand the full range of Kizlyar Supreme knives and debuted all of Citadel’s knives for the first time as well. As SHOT does not allow swords we had a good number of Hanwei Swords, Kaneie Katana, Legacy Arms Medieval Swords and our Palnatoke Cos-play/LARP Swords on hand at ANME. Citadel Knives SHOT debut Dominique Eleure, founder of Citadel Knives and Swords, was on hand at SHOT and ANME to show off the work produced at his workshop in Cambodia. Kizlyar Supreme Full range of Tactical, Outdoors and Folding Knives With the full range of Kizlyar Supreme knives on hand we gave everyone at the show a good look at what they have to offer in a superior Russian knife! Konstantin Kulakov (Kosta), a second generation knifemaker and director of Kizlyar Supreme, was on hand to answer any customer questions and show off their high performance knives. We also gave out a bunch of bags, hats, patches and stickers!

CAS Iberia announces partnership to carry high-end Citadel Knives

Citadel Fixed Hunter

In a sea of black handles and industrial machined blades is it possible to find a knife maker that uses some of the latest cutlery steels with high quality natural materials and hand craftsmanship without having to go custom? It is now. For the first time in many years Citadel Knives and Swords’ line of knives are available in North America from CAS Iberia. Citadel is perhaps best known as the maker of some of the most collectible and sought after Samurai Swords outside of Japan, but they also happen to make some exceptional custom-level knives. Citadel’s knives combine imported European steels with the highest quality grip materials to create unique working knives at a custom level fit and finish, for far below that sticker price. Their knives are completely made in-house by master artisans. The high carbon blades are hand forged in a coal bed and highly polished to a keen convex edge. Most of their materials are imported but in some cases high quality local options are sourced, specifically the ray skin used in the Saigon and Husky models for the handles. Citadel combines old-world craftsmanship with modern materials to make exceptional knives Citadel purchases rays from local fisherman and processes the skins themselves. This ray skin is used in the handle wrapping of Samurai Swords and is renowned for its natural grippy texture. The tough leather is then glued to a carved wood core and finished as… Read more »

2014 Blade Show – The Largest Ever

Blade Show

By all accounts the 2014 Blade Show was the highest attended Blade Show ever!   We brought several all new items to the show and introduced an all new line of hand-made swords from Citadel Knives and Swords. Citadel Knives and Swords are hand-made in Cambodia, each piece is crafted by a small team of highly skilled artisans. Their katana feature hand-forged differentially hardened blades of imported European 1075 steel. The blades are stone polished in the traditional manner and are exceptionally well balanced. The fittings are hand cut and carved from pure iron. Citadel even processes the ray skin in the handle themselves from local fishermen so they can choose the highest quality skins. The handles are wrapped fully in the ray skin with the seam hidden (not panels as is the norm) for greater strength. The ito is imported silk from Japan and expertly wrapped. More pictures and information on the individual swords to come soon.     From Kizlyar Supreme we had on hand their all new Intruder Fighting Knife, Sensei Tactical Tanto, and Dream Lockback Folder. In addition the Amigo Neck knife attachment clip was very well received by the crowds.   From Viper we were able to show off the all new Magà knife designed by Krav Magà instructor Boris Manasherov, a unique design featuring Viper’s first bearing pivot system. This knife is super smooth and fits the hand well. The all new HEMA Gear from the… Read more »

SHOT Show 2014 – New knives and updated designs from Kizlyar Supreme

We’ve put another successful SHOT show under our belts this year after introducing Kizlyar Supreme for the first time to the show crowd. It’s always a good feeling having someone come up to the booth and handle a knife for a while, you can tell that moment when you make a convert to a new knife design. We had a lot of those moments over the week. We had a few new designs and some early prototypes on display, here are a few: New Knives The Urban – Everyday Fixed Blade The Urban is an all new knife design from Kizlyar Supreme meant to be a modern everyday carry belt knife. The 3 3/4″ slightly hollow ground blade is a good compromise for slicing and general use tasks. The wide belly and slight drop point make for an exceptional field dress knife, cardboard slicer, apple peeler or whatever task is at hand. A slight thumb ramp gives precise point control for fine work. The handle features layered micarta scales that have been 3D sculpted for an incredibly comfortable grip. The Urban is available in 4 styles and comes with a pancake style kydex sheath with a multi-position clip: D2 Stone Washed Blade D2 Black Titanium Coating AUS-8 Stone Washed Blade AUS-8 Black Titanium Coating Sensei – Japanese Wakizashi influenced tactical knife The Sensei is a long knife whose design is inspired by the traditional Japanese short sword, the Wakizashi. This… Read more »

Kizlyar Supreme Kydex Sheath Updates

Kizlyar Supreme is working on some updates to their Kydex sheaths based on some of our feedback and testing. It’s hard to make out but in the image below you can see that the drain hole is now molded into the sheath itself, instead of being drilled out. This should allow for even better drainage. In addition the belt loop system can be configured with high, low or horizontal (scout) carry positions. Also on display is the new lettering of the knife model on the sheath. What do you think?

New Katana Testing

We’ve been doing some testing on some new katana recently; cutting, breaking down, testing, etc. Here are a few teaser shots; Bottle Cutting…   No problemo… Tatami Cutting…   More to come!   Oh, and just for fun a Rhinelander Bastard Sword;

Legacy Arms (Gen2) Medieval Swords Pommel Peening Method

Peened Tang

We’ve been working closely with the Legacy Arms forge on changing several aspects of their medieval swords for the last several months. One of the most important changes we are going to begin to see shortly is in how each sword is put together. In the past, as with many sword production companies, Legacy Arms used a modified threaded pommel / peen construction. The gist is that the pommels are drilled and threaded and the tangs are tapered and threaded for the last several inches. The guard, grip and any spacers are fitted then the pommel screwed on to provide the necessary compression of the hilt. Once the pommel is seated the end of the threaded tang is peened over the pommel. There are two main reasons why we have decided to move away from this method: It is not as strong as a full (non threaded) tang. Legacy Arms blades are designed to stand up to a lot of hard use. When cutting a large amount of force is applied to the handle in two places; the blade / tang junction (shoulder) and at the pommel. Proper heat treatment of the threaded portion can make a strong connection between tang and pommel, but you still have to remove metal to do it, and removing metal weakens the sword at a critical point. Threaded tangs / pommels shows up much later historically than any of the Legacy Arms medieval swords. Exacting historical reproductions… Read more »