Gun Digest Media Acquires BLADE Magazine
APPLETON, Wisconsin – Gun Digest Media LLC, publisher of Gun Digest the Magazine and Gun Digest books, has added BLADE Magazine and all related BLADE-brand assets to its portfolio.
BLADE Magazine, established as American Blade in 1973 and renamed BLADE in 1982, is billed as “The World’s #1 Knife Publication.” Published 13 times per year,BLADE Magazine showcases information on knives and their designs to educate and inform knifemakers, collectors and consumers who appreciate expert knowledge on quality cutlery of all types. Steve Shackleford, who joined Blade Magazine in 1985 and became editor of Blade Magazine in 1991, will continue in his role at the helm of the editorial department.
“The Gun Digest and Blade brands were part of the same group for many years under the previous ownership,” said Jim Schlender, Group Publisher for Gun Digest Media. “This acquisition brings these two excellent industry content giants together again under the same roof. Our readers and industry partners will immediately start enjoying the benefits of the relationship between these two complementary brands.”
The acquisition also includes BLADE Show, the world’s largest knife show, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. The recently completed 37th annual BLADE Show hosted a record number of attendees and exhibitors. It is followed by BLADE Show West Oct. 5-7, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.
About Gun Digest Media
Gun Digest has been the firearm industry’s premier publishing brand since 1944. In addition to the Gun Digest Annual, the imprint is home to the Standard Catalog of Firearms pricing guide and more than 150 active titles on handguns, rifles, shotguns, shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, self-defense, and firearms history. Gun Digest Media properties include Gun Digest the Magazine, BLADE Magazine, Modern Shooter TV, BLADE Show and BLADE Show West.
Media Contact: Jim Schlender, Group Publisher: email@example.com