Bladeforums origin?

Discussion in 'Community Center' started by JTR357, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Bufford

    Bufford Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Thanks for sharing Spark, I often wondered how it all got started.
  2. Shaw Blades

    Shaw Blades

    May 18, 2009
    Thanks for your hard work.

  3. Daniel Dorn

    Daniel Dorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 1999
    I stumbled upon BFC in it's early beginnings, and have seen it grow from something cool to something amazing. I owe all of my knife knowledge to the people here.


    I just regret that I was never able to see Spark in his pink tu-tu.
  4. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Wow Kevin, I knew most of the story but I didn't know of the of the rec.knives connection, I remember bein' a member of that early community oh so long ago.

    Thanks for the time line.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  5. HJK

    HJK Moderator Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
    What a great post for posterity, and for setting a couple of things straight. Love it!
  6. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    It is a wonderful resource Kevin and you run it BRILLIANTLY!

    Bladeforums and Spark's influence on the knife world has gone global. Both Gajinoz and I have started our own forums for own own countries.
    I modeled my forum, after BF and specifically copied my rules and regulations from BF. (I did this with Sparks kind permission and blessing)
    Everything I know about running my forum I learned from the structure and moderation of Bladeforums.

    Bladeforums is a HUGE part of my life now. It got me back into knife collecting and got me onto the plane to visit Blade every year. Through BF I have met some of the most fantastic people I know, Blues, Bastid, Ken Erickson and the Busse crew to name a few.

    All I can say is..........Spark.........THANK YOU!:)
  7. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    Thanks I really enjoyed to history/info.
  8. ice-pic

    ice-pic Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Really interesting reading,thanks for the history of BF.
    I stumbled across this thread while doing a search for metalmark and search took me to archived thread by Mike Turber looking for suggestions
    for a name for his new balisong.I assume that was the Tacheyon since the thread is from 91.
    anyway Kudos to BF
  9. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    I'm very happy being a part of this community as well. I've met some really good people over the web, and hope that someday will have a chance to meet them face to face. So many people just take for granted the struggles involved to get where we are today. Thanks Kevin!
  10. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Holy cow. They should make a mini-series. :D
  11. gregorio


    Nov 9, 2007
    I think we all agree that Spark is a super star and has provided an invaluable resource to the knife community :thumbup:; well done
  12. hepclass

    hepclass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Thank you Spark.
  13. Hammer


    Oct 3, 1998
    That's a great trip down memory lane with some of the blanks filled in. Thanks for everything Kevin.
  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks for the history lesson :) Bladeforums is a great resource and a fantastic community. Well done :thumbup:
  15. lmleck

    lmleck When the going gets tough, the dumb get dumber !!! Platinum Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    That Spark has had an interest in knives since he was a youngster!!!:D

  16. Daniel L

    Daniel L Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 1998
    Ahh this brought back memories... I joined BBC in November 98... I think the site has been up for around a month at the time, after being on the USENET rec.knives

    Gosh... I remember Turber trying to sell me some Internet money making masterclass selling products from his World of Weapons. The flame wars about Mad Dog Knives / McClung persist to this day!
  17. TLR


    Oct 5, 1998
    There was a lot in there I remember and a bunch I had no idea about. It's been worth sticking around this long. I'm just now starting to make my own knives and it's truthfully been bladeforums that through the years made that dream a reality. I know this place comes with a lot of headache but I can't express how much I appreciate Kevin hanging in there and keeping this place as great as it is!
  18. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    I remember those. Probably the most acrimonious stuff we have ever had on these forums. It went on for months and eventually involved interviews with Mad Dog Knives factory employees, knife X-rays, knife testing and endless bickering. It made us all the better for it. We knew then that this community had matured enough to be able to claw past the hype to get good, well grounded, information out. It has been a while since I have seen any maker make the sort of outlandish product claims that people like McClung use to make, and that is all for the better.

  19. Ironman


    Aug 16, 2002
    I came over in 1999, but lost my original "bteel" username. I often drift away, but always come back.
  20. Marjanp145


    Jan 13, 2015
    How do I post a new thread

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