As I begin to pull my things together for the Blade Show this weekend, I am simultaneously trying to organize my thoughts for how I want to approach my interviews with various makers, dealers, and other personalities. As I have mentioned, the two biggest interviews I have tentatively lined-up are Sal Glesser and Doug Ritter. Jonathan Marshall has through a fluke of timing crossed paths with Ethan Becker, famed designer for KaBar, and I am in the process of reaching out to him as well.
There are also many industry folks whom I would call “friends of TTAK”. These include designers such as Chris Williams, LT Wright, Shrek McPhee, and others. We will bring you the latest from these folks as well, though these pieces will obviously have a much more personal character to them.
Obviously, my interview with Sal Glesser will contain a number of background questions on the history of Spyderco and what led him to found the company. I have questions about the evolution of the industry and how this has impacted Spyderco and set its course going forward. What questions would you like Mr. Glesser to answer?
I have corresponded with Doug Ritter on a regular basis, though we have not previously met. Doug covers a number of different areas in the knife world. Most notably, he is founder and President of KnifeRights.org, and his work speaks for itself. Doug also is a maker, David has reviewed his MK 6, and I have questions from this arena as well. Lastly, Doug is an avid prepper, and I look forward to discussing this facet of his work.
As for the big production houses, I intend to do a series of “Blade Show Booth Visits” where I detail the year’s new offerings from the likes of Case, Benchmade, CRKT, Boeker and more. I would like to do a similar thing with the mid-sized production companies such as Medford, Strider, and similar sized makers.
As for the custom makers, I admit to being a bit out of my depth. What custom makers would you like me to cover in particular? Otherwise I will just follow my nose and see what catches my eye.
Anything else you would like to see? Any makers (any size) or particular knives you would like to see featured? Any specific assignments that you would like to see David cover in particular?
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