3 + 1 Shows Every Knife Nut Should Attend Before They Die

3 + 1 Shows Every Knife Nut Should Attend Before They Die
Hey, it's John Roy! As a knifemaker, I get the chance to attend a myriad of different knife and gun shows, and I often get asked; “What are the best shows to go to?” Obviously, I can’t speak for the shows I haven’t attended, but from the ones I’ve had...

Swordmaking: Inspiration and Innovation

Swordmaking: Inspiration and Innovation
This is the first installment in a series I'm writing on knife and swordmaking and the stories that go along with it. Over the years, people have often asked me how I got into swordmaking, or what inspired a certain design. Writing's not my strong suit but I hope you...

The Big Hunt: What's In Your Bag?

The Big Hunt: What's In Your Bag?
Anyone that knows me, knows I love to hunt. In fact my wife, Lynn, gets a little irritated with me sometimes. “Can’t you talk about something else? Don’t you think other people might not be interested?” Well, I could. But what would be the point in that? Everyone loves hunting....

How To Wear a Knife and Look Smooth as Hell

How To Wear a Knife and Look Smooth as Hell
“Check out my knife!” That's a phrase any self respecting blade lover, or “blady” might use on any given day. Whether it's presenting a new found treasure with pride, or wiping the dirt and grime off a well used, well loved faithful sidekick. “But what’s the secret to wearing my...

How To Design An Awesome Knife

How To Design An Awesome Knife
“This feels amazing. Really nice balance.” I beam with pride at such remarks now, because it’s the result of years of training and countless trial and error. But I wasn’t always the cool kid. I still think back to my earlier years of training with Barry, and to some of...