Sometimes when they say hard work pays off, you find out it really does. In fact that’s what Jessica Elias found out after putting forth a great deal of effort into her passion for promoting BladeSports this past year.
Jessica Elias, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives’ Creative Director, has been sharpening her skills and it is showing. She went to the Jantz Knife Supply Cut in Davis, Oklahoma on September 19, 2015 for another BladeSports cutting competition.
She is sponsored by L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives again, but this time things are a little different. After being the first female to compete at the National and Worlds level, she recently took part in the first ever women’s only division competition on September 19th, 2015. By the end of the day, Jessica placed 1st overall in the women’s division.
Jessica traveled to Davis, Oklahoma to participate in the first ever BladeSports Women’s Division. She was greeted by a wonderful group of women who are sponsored by Jantz Knife Supply. There were five women competing over all. They were all very talented and have been practicing hard. The volunteers helped set the course up and this time the Women’s course was changed slightly. The obstacle course remained the same except for the 2×4 boards were switched to 2×3. The rolling tennis balls, rope, water bottles, and dividing a straw all remained the same. Precision and timing still stayed the same with participants earning points for each completed activity, which are deducted from overall time for a total score with the lowest score winning.
There was so much support and generosity from everyone at the competition. Everyone was excited that “Jessi Elias” was coming into town. They couldn’t wait to see her use her back hand to cut the water bottles! The ladies expressed how nervous they were, yet Jessica said she felt as if she was gleaming with anxiety.
This cut was held at Jantz Knife Supply there were 18 cutters overall, 13 men and 5 women. There were many knife makers there including Larry Pridgen who designed the knives for the Jantz competitors, Donavon Phillips, Dennis Mashburn, Dan Keffeler, and many more just standing in the crowd. They also had a fundraiser outside to help the local Chamber of commerce with delicious food.
This event was a great time to come out and show your support for the knife industry as well as supporting an amazing group of talented and skilled competitors. If you are in the area of the next event make sure you get out to see what all the talk is about. The next cut will be the Buckeye Cut located at L.T. Wright Knives on September 27th, 2015. You can find all the information posted at www.bladesports.org to watch or to find out how you can get involved!
About BladeSports International, Inc
BladeSports International, Inc., is a Texas non-profit corporation formed to promote knife safety, provide workshops, and cutting events for its members, and to inform and educate the public with regard to the safe use of a knife as a tool. For more information, visit www.bladesports.org