About Us

KNIFE WORLD was founded in 1975 as a classified-only monthly publication, sort of the cutlery equivalent of "Shotgun News." In 1977, the St. Louis - based owner sold the fledgling publication to Doug and Houston Price, and relocated it to the heart of "knife country" in Knoxville, Tennessee, immediately expanding the content to include informative articles, show coverage, industry news and the like.

Within a few years, KNIFE WORLD had begun to publish a few knife-related books, and then started stocking quality titles from other publishers. In time, KNIFE WORLD's book department became as integral a part of the business as the publication itself, making Knife World Publications the go-to source for information on all sort of knives and related cutlery items.

KNIFE WORLD continued to serve knife enthusiasts for a run of over 38 years, adding color to its pages in 2007 and evolving its diverse range of coverage with the times. In June of 2015, the business was purchased by longtime Editor Mark Zalesky, and a new era was begun.

With the November, 2015 issue, KNIFE WORLD was replaced by KNIFE Magazine, an oversized, glossy, full color magazine with content continuing the KNIFE WORLD tradition of diversity and the most knowledgeable writers in the knife business. We look forward to serving you for many years to come, as "the only publication covering the World of Knives."

For more information on our early history, read KNIFE WORLD Turns Silver! a history of KNIFE WORLD magazine from 1975 to 2002.

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Click to enlargeMark D. Zalesky
Now the Owner-Publisher-Editor of KNIFE Magazine, Mark Zalesky served as the Editor of KNIFE WORLD magazine from 1997 until purchasing the business in 2015. Mark has been a collector of knives and other cutlery since his early youth. Although his favorite specialty is antique bowie knives, his knowledge of a wide variety of knives and related items is widely recognized. He has penned hundreds of articles about knives, has served as an appraiser, museum consultant, and as a Director of the ABS and the Antique Bowie Knife Association, and has edited several knife books as well as having co-authored the 15th Edition of the Official Price Guide to Collector Knives.

Kim Knott
Kim is the graphic artist who has been putting Knife World and now KNIFE Magazine together since the early 1980s. She does the typesetting of articles and layout of the entire publication as well as designing many of the display ads. If you need any information on placing an ad, such as sizes, content, photos to use, etc. - call and ask for Kim... she will be glad to help.

In Loving Memory of C. Houston Price (1935-2014)
Mr. Price was the Publisher of Knife World magazine from 1979 until his death in 2014. He was the author of the last six editions of The Official Price Guide to Collector Knives, coauthor of Master of the Forge. In 1989, Price was the recipient of the ABS' coveted Don Hastings Award. He was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1994 and the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame in 1997.

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