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Elias Competes in First Ever Women’s BladeSports Competition

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.

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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.

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IMG_0009Jessica 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 IMG_9058volunteers 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.

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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

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She is at it again!

Jessica Elias BladeSports Worlds 2015 - 2Jessica Elias, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives’ Creative Director, is at it again! She will be traveling 500_jantzlogoto 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.Untitled

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.

IMG_1656Speaking 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 DonavonPhillips World Recordaction, 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.

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For more information please click the links to check out BladeSports or LT Wright Knives!

Photo Credits : Patrick J. Gibbs,  William Echols & Vincent Tseng @2015

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The 2015 National BladeSports Cutting Competition

By Jessica Elias

You hear your name being announced and you step up to the table to grab your knife. Your palms get a little sweaty. You look around and see the hundreds of people in the stands. Everyone is cheering you on while you go to unsheathe your knife making sure it is clear to cut. Your heart starts beating faster as you take a step closer to the 2×4. All of a sudden you’re off, chopping away! Slicing through straws, ripping through rope, and hammering away at the 2x4s. You feel as if hours have passed, yet when you finish the obstacle a little out of breath you realize it has only been a couple of minutes.

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That’s how it felt for me when I attended the 2015 National BladeSports Cutting Competition. It was a beautiful day at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. There were 7 competitors in this competition. It was a two round cut, so they averaged the points of each cut to figure the totals. There were 2×4 chips flying, rope swinging, water bottles breaking, and hockey pucks splitting! This was definitely an eventful day and amazing time. Donavon Phillips was announcing each contestant and talking to the crowd with questions and answers. Lots of spectators won prizes from the sponsors and were filled in with some interesting trivia.

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This cut was a little different from the rest. There were world champions, record breakers and long time skilled cutters. One thing that was different this time around was they introduced something other than just a surprise cut. They introduced me, the first female to ever compete at a National level.  Yes, that’s right as I walked up in my bright pink shirt with my LTWK sponsored logo on it. I was very excited and nervous all at the same time. It definitely could have been intimidating for me but I overcome that right at the start after I met the other contestants and saw how awesome they all were. They took me in like I was no different.  I got a really good view of what BladeSports really is about. It is about helping one another enjoy what they are passionate about. Whether they are knife makers, love to cut, or just know how to make things look pretty like what I do. I found out it wasn’t hard to fit in with a dedicated crew that BladeSports represents.



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So back to me, I ended up finishing and qualifying for the World Championship in Atlanta, GA during the 2015 Blade Show. I will be the first woman to compete at the Worlds level and I am so looking forward to it. I have been practicing and getting advice from fellow cutters. I really hope to make a stand and show that women can do this too. I would love to get more men and women involved in this awesome sport!

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If you have any questions or would like to find out more about BladeSports please go to www.bladesports.org to find out more information on how to get involved. 

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First Female Ever to Compete in Bladesports Cutting Competition

BladeSports International, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation formed to promote knife safety and provide workshops and cutting events for its members. Bladesports also works to inform and educate the public with regard to the safe use of a knife as a tool.

The Bladesports Competition is a contest in which participants use a cutting tool to complete various tasks in a quick and safe manner. Participants cut cans, tennis balls, 2×4’s, hanging rope, and more. This competition takes strength, skill, and focus.

Jessica Elias will be the first ever female to compete at Nationals in Mountain View, Arkansas for the Bladesports competition. She is third on the qualifying list going into Nationals. Jessica is the Creative Director at L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives located at 130B Warren Lane Wintersville, Ohio 43953. The competition will be held on Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at the Ozark Folk Center located at 1032 Park Avenue Mountain View, AR 72560.

Congratulations to everyone who qualified and best of luck at Nationals!

If you are interested in learning more about the sport check out www.bladesports.org and check out this article about the Buckeye Cut that was held in March: https://www.woodsmonkey.com/the-bladesports-international-buckeye-cut

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