To any adult, using or carrying a knife is part of daily life. Most people never think twice about using a knife for activities like opening packages or even fishing.
But, as 18-year-old honor student David Duren-Sanner learned, mixing a knife and school can turn your whole life upside down.
A few weeks ago, David’s car was selected for a random search (which itself seems pretty outrageous), and Tennessee police found a small knife in the car.
The kicker of the whole thing was that the knife wasn’t even his. His father, a fisherman, had recently given him his car and accidentally left the knife in it. Needless to say, school officials did not buy the excuse and immediately suspended David for 10 days.
It’s been 40 years since Kershaw Knives started making knives and to celebrate its long and storied history, they’ve changed up the logo.
If you can’t notice a change, that’s because it’s fairly minor. Still, it warrants a mention. Here is the old logo and new logo for you to compare.
As you can see, Kershaw got rid of the rounded lettering for blockier text that fits together nicely. The new logo is definitely tighter and more legible—something that’s always a big plus in logos.
When your name becomes synonymous with a certain type of knife, you know you’ve done something right. Just like Dumpster, Frisbee, Jacuzzi and others, Buck has become a generic term for the hunting knife created by Buck Knives.
While there have been countless imitations of the Buck knife, few stand up to the original Model 110.
To honor this revolutionary knife first created in 1964, Buck Knives is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Model 110 with a commemorative version of the knife. According to a press release at Ammoland, the 50th Anniversary Edition 110 will come with a genuine leather sheath, Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle, brass bolsters, a custom blade stamp denoting 50 years and an anniversary medallion on the handle.
More than 15 million Model 110s have been produced since 1964, making it one of the best-selling and most recognizable knives in the world.
There aren’t many useful smartphone apps out there that pertain to knives—in fact, there aren’t more than a handful.
There’s a great app called Kitchen Knife Skills that shows you how to expertly cut difficult foods like avocados, but other than that there’s not much for the knife fanatics. That is, except for the absolutely amazing Knife Steel Composition Chart.
We recommended this app back when it came out in 2012, but we thought it’d be wise to come back to the app because it’s definitely a must-have for any collector, custom knifemaker or knife knut.
The app is a knife steel composition and name cross-reference database for all types of alloys used in knife blades. According to the description, the app features about 5,600 alloy names and more than 930 compositions, which covers pretty much anything you could ever want to look for. Some of the things you won’t find are proprietary steels, which are classified. For those who like to get deep down and dirty, there is a composition comparison that has a bar graph with three different options that show the mass percentage, molar masses and atomic count per 1,000 atoms.
If I lost you there, chances are you probably won’t use that part of the app too much, but the app could be a great resource if you’re trying to learn more about the steel composition of the blades in your collection. One of the most useful things in the app is the “Notes” section of each steel type that gives a brief description of the steel—like where you’ll commonly find the steel and some of the characteristics of it.
Another really useful resource is found not in the app, but on zknives, the website of the creator of the app. The chemical elements effects on steel portion of the site gives a nice breakdown of what effects each element has on the steel. For example, the section says that Molybdenum prevents brittleness and improves machinability and resistance to corrosion. This helps put some of the steel compositions found in the app into perspective. The website in general has a lot of great resources, so we also recommend checking out zknives.
MIL-TAC CS-1 signed by Glenn Beck
We’ve written about the accomplishments and battles of Knife Rights and even interviewed founder Doug Ritter on this blog, but the organization that keeps on giving is planning on giving away more than $100,000 worth of knives, guns and gear to anyone who donates $20 or more to Knife Rights.
All the pieces of gear, including a Ted Nugent-signed Star-Light Tactical Folder, MIL-TAC CS-1, limited edition knives and tons more, were donated to Knife Rights, so 100% of donations will go directly to preserving your rights to carry a knife. Here’s another knife you could win.
ESEE 6P Fixed Blade signed by NRA VP Wayne LaPierre
You can win one of these blades by going to the Knife Rights page and donating some money.
UPDATE: After much resistance, the TSA has announced small knives will stay banned.
For the first time since 2001, air travelers will now be able to bring small knives on planes again, according to an announcement from the TSA this morning.
The change, which conforms to more lenient international rules on what passengers can take on board, will take effect starting April 25.
While this is a big victory for knife carriers around the country, there are still numerous restrictions on what knives can be carried on board. Only knives that are under 2.36 inches (or 6 centimeters), have non-locking blades and have a blade width of less than half an inch will be allowed. All other knives will still be confiscated.
Here’s more from the American Knife and Tool Institute on the announcement:
The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) was instrumental in working with TSA to allow this policy change to happen. “As the knife and tool industry association, we were very pleased to work with the TSA on these revisions to ease the restrictions for all Americans carrying essential and valuable tools when they travel,” noted Jan Billeb, AKTI Executive Director.
If you’re wondering why this change was made, TSA spokesman David Castelveter said that they will now focus more on what could present “catastrophic damage to the aircraft.”
After about 120 years manufacturing the Swiss Army knife, Wenger SA is retiring from the knife business.
Victorinox, the former rival and current owner of the Wenger brand, announced that it is only going to be selling Swiss Army knives under the Victorinox name from now on.
Wenger, which has now expanded into other areas, including watches and travel gear, will continue to sell these other products however.
The company dates back to 1893 when the cutlery house of Paul Boechat & Cie was given a contract to produce knives for the Swiss Army. The company was later bought and renamed Wenger not many years after. Wenger was successful for a century, serving as a fruitful rival to Victorinox. After 9/11, the company took a big hit when the Swiss Army knives were taken out of airports due to concerns over having sharp objects aboard planes.
Many people claim that the smartphone is the new Swiss Army knife for the younger generation because it does everything you could ever need in today’s tech-driven world. While it might be able to find out who invented the toilet (it was John Harington, by the way), you couldn’t do anything physically useful with an iPhone.
The TaskOne case for iPhones takes your phone and turns it into a really useful multi-tool that can do anything. The iPhone case includes 16 high-quality tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle opener, Allen wrenches, pliers and more.
Let’s focus on just the knife for a moment—since we are a knife blog, of course. The 2.5-inch serrated drop-point blade is on par with most pocket knives and retracts into the case’s body when you’re not using it. It can be engaged halfway for smaller jobs, but although it says there’s a steel lock, details about what sort of locking system it uses aren’t available.
Here’s a better visual representation of all the tools this lightweight and thin case features:
The past few weeks the knife community has suffered the loss of two influential men in the world of knives: Ted Dowell and Daniel D. Friel. So we’re going to take some time to honor some of their achievements and innovations.
Daniel Friel, who died on Sept. 21 at the age of 92, didn’t become an influencer in the knife community until he was 65. Prior to then, he worked on the Manhattan Project, which produced the first atomic bomb, and then went to work for the DuPont company.
His most notable knife-related achievements came when he founded the company EdgeCraft. His decision to found the company was actually sparked by his inability to find a knife with a proper edge to cut his Thanksgiving turkey.
Here’s more from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
He attempted to sharpen them with what tools he had, and he found they didn’t work. He basically made a mess of the turkey,” Mr. Friel’s son, Daniel Jr., said.
That experience led Mr. Friel Sr. to his life’s Act II: founding EdgeCraft Corporation in Avondale, Pa., and developing the popular Chef’sChoice® line of culinary tools, including knife sharpeners, food slicers, and waffle makers.
Thanks to the hard work of Friel, Chef’s Choice has become the go-to company for quality knife sharpeners.
Then, Ted Dowell, one of the founding members and past presidents of the Knifemaker’s Guild, passed away on Oct. 5. He set out with the other founding members to establish an ethical community of custom knifemakers and help promote the knives.
A few weeks ago, KA-BAR announced the creation of the KA-BAR Military Appreciation Program, which aims to give thanks to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces by giving away one fighting/utility knife to an active-duty member each month.
KA-BAR is well known for being a staunch supporter of the military and has been adopted by the military as the knife of choice, first for the Marine Corps and then for the Navy.
If you want to be entered into the drawing, you should send an email to email@example.com from an address with a “.mil” ending to show them you’re in the military. In the email, be sure to include your name, stateside shipping address and an explanation of what the knife will be used for.
According to the site, winners will be picked the last Friday of every month, with the first drawing Sept. 28.
Today is National Knife Day, a day that celebrates the ancient tool that has survived as long as man has—evolving from stone and obsidian to carbon and stainless steels.
Nearly everyone remembers receiving their first knife. It’s a rite of passage into responsibility and usefulness
I remember receiving my first knife, which was an old white Swiss Army knife. I looked for opportunities to use it around the house, like slicing tape or opening junk mail. The feel of opening up the tiny blade and using it purposefully was something I hadn’t felt until then. The tool felt like it fit perfectly in my hand.
But to many people, a knife isn’t just a tool, it’s a way of life. For the fisherman, the hunter, the doctor, the chef, the rescue worker, knives are an essential element. They save lives, aid in operations, skin the fish we eat, slice the rope we use. In nearly anything you do, you can’t avoid being the beneficiary of a blade.
Through the centuries, the knife has persevered, despite those who misuse the tool. Great companies like Victorinox, Cold Steel and Spyderco have created a custom of high quality knives for the everyday user.
Knife enthusiasts, collectors and casual users should take a moment today to pick up their knives—whether on their belt, in their pocket, around their neck or in a drawer—and admire the simplicity and purpose of a tool that man has used for millions of years and will likely use for millions more.
Claire Sinclaire with the knife. (Image from STK Facebook page)
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hold about $30,000 worth of knives in two hands, all you have to do is head over to STK in Las Vegas (and be a VIP or celebrity). At the swanky steakhouse, you can eat with a set of knives that includes an $18,000 diamond knife and a $12,000 pink sapphire knife, according to ABC News.
While these bejeweled knives probably feel powerful, they’re a symbol of decadence and gluttony that many knife enthusiasts have little interest in. A new Zero Tolerance or Spyderco prototype is likely more coveted than a diamond-encrusted knife.
Nevertheless, these two knives are definitely pieces of work. But, if you’re the average joe, don’t expect to get your hands on these knives pretty easily because they’re usually reserved for celebrities like Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, Gavin Rossdale, the band Foster the People and others.
One of the knives apparently has 300 full-cut pink sapphires set into it. The set of knives was designed by celebrity jewelry designer Jason of Beverly Hills after he created a similar set of knives for the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
What is the definition of “gravity knife?”
That (and the definition of “switchblade”) is the fundamental question at the center of a slow but ongoing lawsuit against the city of New York. The organization Knife Rights is embroiled in a lawsuit against New York County D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. and the city itself for using unconstitutionally vague terms to target merchants and citizens who sell or use one-hand opening knives.
Although updates about the lawsuit have been few and far between, Knife Rights just announced that its suit has been bolstered by two new plaintiffs: Native Leather, Ltd. and Knife Rights Foundation, Inc.
Native Leather is another retailer accused by Vance of selling illegal knives. The company was forced to stop selling knives deemed “gravity knives” and “switchblades,” had to pay fines and gave up most of its inventory, according to Knife Rights. The kicker is that Native Leather is still unsure of what constitutes an illegal knife. That’s one of the many reasons they joined the lawsuit.
Here’s more from Chairman Doug Ritter:
Former Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey is suing Kershaw Knives for making a knife that nearly severed his finger and forced him to quit the famed dog sled race last year, according to Anchorage Daily News (h/t BladeForums.com).
Seavey was using a Kershaw folding knife, which featured a gut hook, a common tool used by mushers to slice plastic ties, when it accidentally closed on his finger. The damage was severe enough for officials to make him bow out of the race.
Seavey accuses the knife company of being negligent because of what his attorney claims to be a serious design flaw. A lever that releases the blade from locking position is in the middle of the handle and can be accidentally depressed when using the gut hook.
As a result of his injury, he was forced to quit the Iditarod when he was in fourth place. Even worse, his finger was reattached at an awkward angle, so now it gets in the way. He wants at least $100,000 in damages and lost wages.
While this is a serious injury and debilitating injury, a lot of the burden falls on Seavey to prove that it’s Kershaw’s fault and that he would have won the race.
Here’s more from Greenwich Time:
The lawsuit centers on the most essential of tools in a dog musher’s sled. A knife offers security, said Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle, who carries at least three blades on the trail, including one clipped to her parka.
If a dog’s leg becomes wrapped in a line or the team tangles itself around a tree, the musher must quickly cut the animals loose, she said. At checkpoints, racers use blades to slash open food bags or pry ice from frozen sled runners.
Even though knives are common in sledding, severe knife injuries are not. Of the few that happen, four-time champion Lance Mackey attributes the slices to carelessness.
In what Knife Rights is describing as “the single most important bill for knife owners and the knife industry to pass this year,” SB432 was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, taking effect July 1.
According to Knife Rights, the new knife preemption law effectively repeals a host of draconian knife ordinances that vary from county to county. What makes this so important is that it gets rid of knife restrictions on knife ownership, sales and manufacturing in places like Atlanta, which hosts the annual BLADE Show.
Here’s part of why it’s so important:
These local ordinances banned the possession of all sorts of knives readily available and often carried at the BLADE Show including a prohibition against carry of any automatic or any knife with a blade longer than three-inches “readily available for use.” An attendee or exhibitor could easily have run afoul of these ordinances and faced fines and jail time. The potential existed to create terrible publicity that could have jeopardized the knife world’s most important annual show! With the signing of Knife Rights drafted Knife Law Preemption bill, those threats are now eliminated.
While many knife organizations view this as a step in the right direction, it’s important to note that the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1. This means BLADE Show attendees are still susceptible to these strict laws during the show in June.
Former Transportation Security Administration head Kip Hawley is on a media tour criticizing the inefficiency and misplaced logic of searching for insignificant tools like knives and scissors. According to ABC News, Hawley says passengers should be able to carry knives on planes because they don’t pose a significant risk.
His thinking stems around the fact that no matter how many knives someone carries on board, they’ll never be able to get into the fortified cockpit or cause major damage. Instead, he argues, TSA agents should focus on finding things like explosives or toxins, which can kill far more people and actually take down a plane.
Here’s more of Hawley’s logic explained to Charlie Rose:
“You can’t take over a plane with a knife,” he told Charlie Rose, because the cockpit doors are now secure. “It’s a risk management issue. You could say, ‘Yes, somebody could bring a knife and stab the guy next to him,’ that’s a risk. When I tried to get small scissors taken off the prohibited items list, there was a scream of, ‘There’ll be blood running in the aisles!’
“I think what risk management would dictate is you’ve got to find the bombs, because a bomb will take down a plane. And if you’re so busy fishing around looking for Swiss Army knives, it diverts your focus. So my theory is, let’s not have the officers look for knives and small things. Focus on bombs, toxins, things that could destroy the plane.”
The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is encouraging residents of Michigan to contact their state representatives about pending legislation that would remove the switchblade ban and reduce a ban on fixed-blade knives in the state, according to a press release from AKTI.
If this legislation passes, it would make Michigan one of many states to reverse the switchblade ban and properly clarify the definition of a gravity knife, something which has caused confusion and inconsistencies in enforcement (see NYC).
“HB 5544 provides clarity and simplicity for citizens of this State, visitors, especially those involved in the outdoor pursuits, as well as law enforcement, with respect to knives,” said Michigan state Rep. Frank Foster in the press release (pictured right). “It eliminates archaic terms, such as dirk and stiletto, and makes clear that a violation of the law occurs if a person with criminal intent carries any knife.”
Along with repealing the ban on switchblades, the legislation would also lessen the ban on fixed-blade knives. It would make the law more amenable to hunters, fishermen, hikers and those who use fixed blades for work.
Before his death in 2012, Bob Loveless spent decades making a big impact on the knife making community by creating some of the most innovative knives around the world.
Now, his legacy is being honored in a documentary premiering on April 26 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival called “Robert Loveless, An American Legend.”
According to the film festival site, the documentary explores the legend of the man and how he became a superstar in the custom knife world. It also looks at his personality, gentle and fearless, but not without its flaws.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I recommend checking it out. Here’s the information about where/when/how to see the film from Joe Kertzman’s blog at Blade Magazine:
The screening will take place as follows:
100 North Crescent Drive
Red Carpet at 5:30 p.m.
Film Runs from 6:00 – 7:20 p.m.
This will be followed immediately by a cocktail reception. For those who will join Wormser, Lucarelli and Ellis, they are also hosting a pre-theatre get-together at 4:00 p.m. at Mel’s Diner, 8585 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Please RSVP to Ed Wormser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although there’s no information on whether the film is currently slated for a wider release, it’ll be interesting to see if it comes out on DVD for knife enthusiasts to buy.
One of the most despised organizations in the United States is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It’s hard to find anyone who says anything good about the TSA because it’s inefficient, intrusive and many times ineffective. Nevertheless, I’m here to say that the TSA runs one of the most interesting blogs on the net.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit the site, I highly recommend it. It has some pretty helpful tips for traveling with hunting gear, latest news from the TSA and a “week in review” segment.
So, what does this have to do with knives?
Well, in nearly every weekly review, the TSA reveals some inventive or clever way people try to smuggle knives, guns, drugs, fire crackers, stun grenades and much more through security.
For example, this week the media seized on one case where a man tried to smuggle a knife on board by hiding it in a full jar of mayonnaise. Of course, the jar of mayonnaise was also a restricted item, so both objects were confiscated.
Hiding knives (and other confiscated items) in other items is nothing new if you’re a reader of the TSA blog. For the week ending on March 30, the TSA found a pocket knife in a deodorant cap, a knife inside a tissue box (yeah, like tissue would hide it from X-ray machines) and a gun inside a gutted book. In previous weeks, a knife was found inside a laptop and many many more were in people’s carry-on luggage.
Washington state signed into law last week pro-knife legislation that clarifies the definition of switchblades and allows certain government employees to carry spring blade knives.
HB 2347, touted as a job creator among other things, allows spring blade knives to be made in the state and used by law enforcement, military personnel and fire and rescue workers.
According to a House Republicans of Washington state press release, it was a gross misdemeanor to manufacture, sell or have a spring blade knife in the state before this new legislation. Sometimes the army issues spring blade knives and that meant active military personnel were subject to violation of the state law. This new law changes all of that.
Here’s a quote about the effectiveness of the bill from one of the bill’s supporters Bruce Dammeier:
“This bill is good for two reasons. First, it will provide our ‘save-and-serve’ personnel with a better tool as they protect our communities. Secondly, it will allow a local manufacturer to expand its operations and not be forced to relocate to another state,” said Dammeier, R-Puyallup. “This is an example of how a small bill can make a big difference when it comes to job creation in our communities – at no cost to taxpayers.”
By allowing companies to manufacture spring blade knives, officials are hoping it prevents companies from moving to more lenient states and enables current knife manufacturers to hire more people to work making spring blade knives.