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Jessica Elias Sets Another BladeSports Event First

October 21, 2015
By Larry Claypool - OV Times Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

On the BladeSports competition scene for less than a year, Jessica Elias continues to sharpen her skills - and score well - as a competitive cutter. Elias, the Creative Director at L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, of Wintersville, OH, recently competed and won the first ever women's only competition at a blade event.

Elias claimed the overall title (women's division) in the Jantz Knife Supply Cut in Davis, OK on September 19. There were four other competitors. This was the first national BladeSports event that held a separate division for women.

Elias said competing in the first ever women's event was exciting for her and her competitors. "I get nervous before competing, but at the Oklahoma event I told someone that I wasn't nervous. I think that I was so excited to be competing (against other women) that I wasn't worried about being nervous," said Elias. "It was great. The other women were so nice."

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Jessica Elias, of Wintersville, OH, competes in the BladeSports World Cutting Competition in Atlanta, GA earlier this year. She finished sixth overall, the first female to compete and place in the competition. Photo courtesy of Jessica Elias

Earlier this year Elias made BladeSports history by being the first female to qualify and place in the national - and world - competition. She placed sixth in the World Cutting Competition in Atlanta, GA in June - against all males.

Elias, of Wintersville, OH, is sponsored by employer, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives.

Most recently Elias competed in the Buckeye Cut Competition, held at L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, in Wintersville and finished 11th overall. Elias' boss, L.T. Wright, also competed in that event and placed fifth overall. Bill LaRue, of nearby Richmond, OH, was the overall winner of the Buckeye Cut event. Andy Blanchard, of East Liverpool, OH, was second overall after winning the White Level. Mark Elick II, of East Liverpool, finished sixth overall and Russell Cain, Jr, another L.T. Wright employee, finished seventh overall. Chris Warden of Pittsburgh, PA was 10th overall.

Elias said no other blade competitions are scheduled for this year but she's excited about competing in 2016. "I can't wait. We've accomplished so much this first year. It's crazy how well things have gone. We all compete like a team. It's been a great learning experience for me," said Elias.

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 additional information about BladeSports, visit their website at: www.bladesports.org. To view action videos of their competitions go to YouTube or visit their website.

For information about L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, visit their website at: www.ltwrightknives.com.

 
 

 

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