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Toddler Using Kitchen Knife Sparks Controversy

Dominique, a Healthy Cooking Camp for Kids participant, slices potatoes as part of a healthy cooking initiative by Air Force Services Activity Oct. 26, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The week-long camp is part of an Air Force-wide focus on childhood obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle activities, and includes training on basic nutrition and kitchen safety, including safe knife use.

It’s pretty rare when you come to the intersection of mommy blogs and knife blogs, but that’s where we meet today.

A woman who blogs and podcasts about parenting recently posted a video that has sparked conversation and even outrage among parents. And it’s something we’ve talked about on this very blog as well.

Take a look:

Kathleen's capable boy

Awesome!!! I love this from Kathleen:"I’ve been working on giving my 2.5 year old meaningful helper roles during our household tasks—not just to “occupy” him while I get things done, but ways he can really contribute—pairing socks, putting away the silverware, wiping the low surfaces in the kitchen with a rag, etc. Tonight he chopped all the cucumbers for the salad while I prepared the rest of dinner. Then he dressed and mixed it. I really enjoyed making dinner together tonight, and the pushed I’ve gotten around trust from this group have helped. Thank you!"

Posted by Janet Lansbury on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A woman named Kathleen lets her two-and-a-half-year-old son help around the house in a serious way. In a video posted on Facebook, you see the little guy using a knife to cut up some cucumbers en route to making a salad.

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New 2019 Kershaw Knives

Kershaw hinted at the release of its 2019 catalog a few days ago, and it has finally arrived.

The knife company has announced 17 new (or updated) models to look forward to this year. Normally we’d just pick the 10 that excite us the most, but we thought it would be fun to write a few quick thoughts on all of them.

Kershaw Antic

Kershaw usually doubles down on its most popular knives, and this year is no different. The Antic is considered the next iteration of the Shuffle series. This diminutive knife has a keychain attachment as well as the bottle opener and other functions on the back of the handle. This honestly seems a little more useful with the screwdriver and mini prybar as well.

The blade is 1.75 inches and made from 8Cr13MoV steel.

MSRP: $29.99

Kershaw Boilermaker

This looks like one of those steampunk knives — a genre I really never understood. Designer Les George apparently took some inspiration from metalworkers and it shows through this design. It has a 3.3-inch assisted blade made from 8Cr13MoV steel with a brown PVD coating around the whole knife.

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KA-BAR Tanto Short Fighting Knife – Badass Knife of the Week

The KA-BAR is one of the most iconic knives ever (as evidenced by its inclusion in our post on the 20 Most Iconic Knives). It has a very familiar look and feel, but KA-BAR decided to give it some upgrading in materials, a smaller size, and a fancy new blade.

The result was the KA-BAR Tanto Short Fighting Knife.

This knife has all the bones of the classic KA-BAR but in a more compact size. Instead of the massive 7-inch clip point blade, the Short Fighting Knife has a 5.25-inch tanto blade. The smaller size and tanto blade profile offer more versatility in finer tasks without being too small for work around the campsite.

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WWII Demand for Blades Led to Knife ‘Crowdsourcing’

A photo of San Antonio Iron Works knives by Peter McHugh

World War II was the biggest and deadliest war in history.

Most people are aware of the role knives played in the war — millions of fixed blades were carried by soldiers who fought so valiantly for freedom.

For Armed Forces Day in 2018, Blade Magazine took a look back on many of the fixed blades carried during the Second World War.

However, the San Antonio Express-News recently explored a lesser-known aspect of knives during WWII after someone asked about mysterious knives labeled “San Antonio Iron Works.”

It turns out these were likely makeshift knives made from historical sabers issued to cavalry, including the George Patton-designed 1913 cavalry saber — the last to be issued to cavalry. Apparently swords were no match for guns starting in the World War I so they stopped issuing them.

A cavalry depicted in the Mexican War

But all these historical swords lying around were put to use during WWI. Here’s an excerpt from the San Antonio Express-News article:

At the start of World War II, “there was a great need for fighting knives,” said John Manguso, former director of the Fort Sam Houston Museum and author of several books about the historic Army post. Besides those made by arsenals and by cutlery and farm implement manufacturers, he said, “The Army elected to take some of its inventory of swords stored away and make them into fighting knives.

“Typically, a sword blade was cut into three pieces, and a tang (the portion that extends down into the handle) and point were fashioned onto each piece,” Manguso said.

Looking at a photograph of the SAIW knives, Manguso identified them as having been made from a 1913 Patton cavalry saber, possibly 1840 dragoon sabers or 1860 light cavalry sabers.

“With the San Antonio Arsenal here,” he said, “it is likely a lot of this type of work was done there and contracted out to local shops.”

While it’s sad to see many of the old swords from as far back as the U.S.-Mexican War, it’s great to hear they were repurposed into knives that potentially saw action.

Save a Life with a Knife Committee

One of my favorite factoids from the article was about the Save a Life with a Knife Committee. Along with turning old swords into new knives for combat, a committee was set up to receive knives from the public to be sent to troops who needed them.

Screenshot of 1943 Life Magazine article

During the war, a night-club owner in San Francisco named Frank Martinelli heard that knives were of urgent need in the southwestern Pacific.

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New 2019 Spyderco Knives

When Spyderco released its 2019 catalog a few months ago, it was somewhat shocking. The catalog did not feature any new knives.

Why? Spyderco announced it was moving to a different reveal process that would better match the release times of the models. I’m still waiting for that Smock revealed at the beginning of 2018!

We weren’t sure how it was going to happen, but Spyderco recently announced the first of several “reveal” supplements that have new knives we can expect to see within the next 90 to 120 days, according to Kristi Hunter of Spyderco. This allows us to focus on a few noteworthy models that we can see in the near future instead of wondering for more than a year about a model and forgetting about it.

Only a handful have been released so far, but here’s a deeper dive into the new models from Spyderco.

2019 Spyderco Reveal Volume 1

Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

The highlight of the first reveal is an adaptation of an existing model. That sounds kind of boring until you see just what they did to the Para 3. They turned a condensed version of the iconic Paramilitary 2 into a virtual Delica killer. With its cheaper price tag and FRN handles, the Delica has long been a fan favorite and nearly perfect EDC.

The Para 3 LW addresses what was wrong with the original Para 3 and Delica to create an amazing knife. It uses FRN handle scales and open backed construction to cut the weight down to a smooth 2.4 ounces (an ounce less than the Delica). The pocket clip is a complaint on both the Para 3 and the Delica, and Spyderco corrects both by giving the LW a wire clip that’s essentially a deep carry clip (and moves that awkwardly placed Para 3 lanyard hole to a different location).

Then there is the Compression Lock. The Delica has a tried and true backlock that’s not the best for one-handed operation, so this is a definite upgrade over that. The only question mark is the CTS BD1N steel. It’s obviously no S30V steel, but it is comparable to VG-10.

I think this will be a huge hit.

MSRP: $140

Spyderco Gauntlet

Spyderco is returning to what put the brand on the map — sharpeners. The new Gauntlet is a simplified version of the Triangle Sharpmaker. It works in the same way but only allows for a 40 degree angle. The sharpener comes with ceramic rods or you can buy Cubic Boron Nitride rods.

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Gerber Covert FAST – Badass Knife of the Week

Col. Rex Applegate and William E. Fairbairn are legends. The two adapted the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife to create a stronger and more robust fighting knife aptly called the Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife.

The fixed blade dagger was a work of art that served admirably in combat. Applegate eventually went to knifemaker Bill Harsey Jr to adapt the design into a folder for Gerber. The result was the award-winning Gerber folding Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife.

Gerber has since improved upon the design and even made a budget version of the knife called the Gerber Covert FAST.

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10 Best Condor TK Knives

Condor Tool & Knife is a relatively new brand in the knife world.

Condor Tool & Knife — sometimes known as Condor TK or simply Condor — has only been around in its current form since 2004. However, it has roots that date back to 1787 when Gebr Weyersberg Company was founded in Germany. That company created Imacasa in El Salvador in 1964. That Central American operation was sold in the 1980s to local investors and Condor TK was born.

If you want an inexpensive but reliable outdoor tool, it’s hard to ignore Condor. The brand has quickly become a darling among bush crafters looking for a solid knife. Except for one folder, Condor only makes fixed blades.

So, we decided to take a look at the best knives Condor has to offer.

Condor Hudson Bay Camp Knife

The Hudson Bay Camp Knife is probably one of people’s favorite Condor knives. Its design is based on a classic fixed blade used in the Hudson Bay area in the 1800s. It has an 8.5-inch blade made from 1075 carbon steel with an unusual “rustic” finish.

Here is a good and honest review from Cedric & Ada Gear and Outdoors:

Accompanied by hardwood handles, the knife has a ton of personality and character. This, like many of the knives on this list, is designed by Joe Flowers.

Condor Bushlore

While the Hudson Bay Camp Knife has the character, the Bushlore is likely the most popular Condor. This knife is simplicity at its finest and is often talked about among bushcrafters as a solid outdoor fixed blade option.

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Cold Steel Announces New 2019 Products

New knives are starting to come out from the big brands, and we should see more interesting new models at the upcoming Shot Show. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait as Cold Steel made its 2019 product lineup live on its website.

Cold Steel has been at the top of its game the last few years — going from mall ninja jokes to praises from all walks of the knife community. (Though they still have fun with their ridiculous videos.)

This year proves to be another promising one for the Ventura-based knife brand. We should also expect more to be released in the coming months.

Here are just some of the ones we’re most excited about. You can see all of them at the 2019 lineup page.

Cold Steel AD-15

I’m not going to beat about the bush and put the most exciting models at the end. By far the most intriguing new Cold Steel is the AD-15. This knife is based off of Andrew Demko’s AD-15. The Demko Knives version was a surprise hit that everyone seemed to love.

The highlight of the knife is the new Scorpion Lock that’s so simple yet so effective. It almost reminds me of the Strap Lock designed by the Hawks. This model will have a 3.5-inch S35VN blade and come in at a robust 6.5 ounces.

MSRP: $269.99

Cold Steel AD-10

Cold Steel also picked up a second design from Demko Knives in the AD-10. This model shares a lot of design cues with the fierce 4-Max (also designed by Demko) but it’s been toned down a bit. It has a 3.5-inch S35VN blade and G-10 handle scales.

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Victorinox MiniChamp – Badass Knife of the Week

The Victorinox Swiss Champ is the flagship Swiss Army Knife that packs nearly every useful function possible into a tool you can still feel comfortable carrying around.

So what’s the only way you can make the Swiss Champ better? Making it more compact.

Boasting the same length as the Victorinox Classic, the MiniChamp features 18 functions in a 2.3-inch body. What makes this knife so special is that it contains every single bladed tool available to the knives in this size as well as a few tools that are exclusive to the MiniChamp.

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Benchmade Announces New 2019 Models

It’s a new year and that means new knives.

While we used to get a look at a slew of new knives at the beginning of the year, more companies have opted to release new knives throughout the year. Brands like Spyderco are doing this likely because of the negative reactions to the time it takes from announcement to production. For example, where’s the Paysan or Smock?

Fortunately, we still get a look at some new knives thanks to Benchmade. There’s only a few revealed right now, but I imagine there will be more releases throughout the year.

Here they are.

Benchmade 980 Turret

The Turret will probably get the most looks of the five new models because of its robustness and design. It almost reminds me of the Benchmade Adamas and it sounds like Benchmade made it that way.

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