I’ve never been on a talk show for obvious reasons, but I know most will give some sort of free swag as a thank you.

It’s typical to give a tote bag with the name of the show on it containing some cheeses or a coffee mug. But that’s not what actor and comedian Joel McHale does.

He gives people massive Cold Steel folding knives.

Watch this clip featuring Allison Janney, an actress who has had a long illustrious film and television career, on “The Late Late Show with James Corbin.”

To be honest, I’m a little disappointed he didn’t explain the merits of carrying and using knives or at least pointing to my article 101 uses for a pocket knife to better educate the silent audience. Of course, McHale went for the jokes instead. That’s why he’s a handsome comedian and I’m just some dude writing about knives.

This isn’t the first time McHale, who is a well-known fan of Cold Steel and knives in general, gave someone a knife as a gift. Apparently he gave writer-director Scott Derrickson a $2,000 Cold Steel knife for Christmas a few years back.

Also, when he left The Soup, he gave his crew a Cold Steel Rajah with his face on it:

So if you ever have the chance to work with McHale, do it.

As a bonus, here’s McHale talking about how he cut his fingertip off with a Cold Steel knife.

There is a link to the actual stitching of the finger here, but it’s not for the faint of heart.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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