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.
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 protected] 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.