Not a Man’s World Any More: Jessica Elias Competes in BladeSports World Cutting Competition

Jessica Elias was the first female ever to compete at the Nationals for the BladeSports competition. It was held on May 2nd at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. She and six others have qualified to compete for the World Championship at the Blade Show in Atlanta, GA on June 6, 2015. The Blade Show is the world’s largest knife show.

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Jessica Elias is the creative director at L.T. Wright Knives. (L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives photo)

Jessica is sponsored by L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, located in Wintersville Ohio, and will be the first female to compete at this level. The Bladesports World Championship competition will be on June 6, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria located at 2 Galleria Parkway Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30339.

This exciting sport starts with the competitor chopping a two-by-four in half. It is followed by cutting hanging ropes, rolling golf balls, full bottles of water, cans, tennis balls, drinking straws, and those are just a few of the power and finesse cuts found on the course, including some never before seen features.  The event is timed and the excitement level for spectators is intense.



(L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives photo)

One of the competitors, Donavon Phillips, also broke his own water bottle record and is expected to continue to set another at the World Championship.

Good luck to Jessica and all of the qualifying competitors!


Here’s Jessica’s chopper, designed by LTWK to fit her hand perfectly. (L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives photo)


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