Jessica Elias, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives’ Creative Director, is at it again! She will be traveling to the Jantz Knife Supply Cut in Davis, OK 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 will take part in the first ever women’s only division competition on September 19th.
Jessica spent much of her time in Atlanta at the Worlds Cutting Competition promoting BladeSports. She even had fans there sporting her signature color pink and asking her to sign the tennis ball halves she sliced through. It is one of Jessica’s goals to be a positive role model and show young women that they can work hard and achieve their goals. She has spoken to different women’s groups about being involved in the sport and was featured on the Women’s Outdoor News site. She is passionate about promoting BladeSports and getting more women interested and involved in the sport. She is on the Board of Directors and is focused on spreading the word about the sport. She has worked hard to show that women can cut just as well, if not better, than the men.
Speaking of the men, a men’s only division will also be held that day with top competitors in both events earning points to qualify for the national competition to be held in Dallas, Texas in Spring 2016. Competitors run an obstacle course of events including cutting 2×4 boards, slicing rolling tennis balls, cutting thick rope, slicing water bottles, and dividing a straw lengthwise. Precision and timing matter with participants earning points for each completed activity which are deducted from overall time for a total score with the lowest score winning.
If you are not in the Oklahoma area and haven’t had the chance to see her in action, don’t worry you can check her out next week in Wintersville, Ohio with the rest of the LTWK crew! Her sponsor, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, will be hosting a remarkable day of competition during the BladeSports International Buckeye Cut on September 27th, 2015. So stop out and watch the competitors chop through wood, straws, and other items then come out to the shop on Sunday for an up-close look at all of the fun.
Photo Credits : Patrick J. Gibbs, William Echols & Vincent Tseng @2015