The BladeSports U.S. National Cutting Championships will be May 14 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View during the Cutting Edge Celebration of Knives, starting at 10 am.
Competitors will be wielding handmade knives and competition knives that can chop a cutting board in half and then slice neatly through a plastic cup, a ping pong ball, seven plastic bottles full of water and a piece of rope. I attended this Cutting Edge Event a couple of years ago and it is fun to watch.
Knifemakers can bring their best handmade knives and enter them for voting in the “People’s Choice Award” competition.
The BladeSports National Championship will be a “points cut” with accrued points being counted towards competing in the World Championship. All contestants for this competition must possess a current BladeSports Cutter Certification, and must attend the Safety Meeting held prior to the competition.
The competition will be spread out through the day and consist of three separate events. A double elimination 2×4 derby will start the day at 10:00 a.m. The 2×4 derby consists of two competitors cutting a 2×4 (on either end) at the same time, The first to get through the 2×4 wins that round.
A “light” cutting course event will be held at noon and a final course cut begins at 2:30. The “light” cutting course event will be like a standard cutting coarse event, except it will consist of non-chopping challenges, where delicate movements, accuracy and speed will win the day. The final cutting course will be the standard cutting coarse. It will begin and end on the 2×4 chop. Balancing delicate cuts and heavy chops, every cutter will be challenged to do their best.
Each event will be worth points dependent on the finishing results. The awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m. on the cutting course, or in the Picnic Pavilion in the event of inclement weather. The top 10 points winners of the day will be invited to attend the BladeSports World Championship at Blade Show in Atlanta. There they will be joined by competitors from the Netherlands and the UK on June 11, 2011.
Admission to watch this event is a ticket to the Craft Grounds, which is $10 for Adults and $6 for children ages 6 – 12, under 6 is free. Visit
www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or call 870-269-3851 for more information.