XO Blade Olympics rolls off April 26 in Pansol

A knife enthusiast prepares to cut through a row of water bottles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A knife enthusiast prepares to cut through a row of water bottles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The very first XO Blade Olympics, a competition that celebrates the versatility and durability of knives and their owners will unfold on April 26, Saturday, at the Melchor Foundation Conference Hall and Library in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna. The top winner of the tilt will be declared Best Master Cutter in the Philippines.

Organized by eXOtic Custom Knives & Tools (XO Knives), the country’s only custom knife shop, in partnership with the Alejandro Melchor Jr. Foundation, the XO Blade Olympics will feature multiple stages wherein each participant is faced with a multitude of cutting challenges in a time trial event. Among the challenges are chopping through 2x4s, cutting free hanging Manila ropes of various thicknesses, cutting through wood dowels, cutting rolling tennis or golf balls in half, slicing through water bottles, and finesse cuts such as cutting rings off of a paper tube or plastic straw.

Besides the tournament, XO Knives will also showcase some of its prized custom knives. There will also be demonstrations of skills by some of the country’s top bladesmiths and knife practitioners.

While contests of this kind have already been held in the United States for many years, it will be the first one ever held in the country. Cutting tournaments have been held by the American Bladesmith Society to determine which bladesmith could make the sharpest and most durable knives.

For more details contact 09177329888 or visit the tourney’s Facebook page (X.O. Knives) or personally drop by the XO Knives shop at 119 Sct Dr. Lazcano St., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City.


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