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Know Your Knife Rights

“I heard that I’m only allowed to carry knives with 3 1/2-inch blades or shorter in my state, is that true?”

“I carry a 4-inch drop-point fixed blade when hunting, but I’m traveling to Minnesota this season, can I carry it there?”T8746

“Someone told me I can carry an auto in Michigan now, can that be right?”

Good questions, all of them, and as silly as it might be that we have to ask such questions when it comes to carrying tools as utilitarian and downright useful as knives, that’s the world we live in. There are very few “firsts” in the knife industry, but one of them is the first and most comprehensive book ever published on federal and state knife laws. Knife Laws Of The U.S. By Evan F. Nappen answers questions about what knives are legal to own and carry in each state, and which aren’t. It delves into switchblades, ballistic and gravity knives and others, and even explains what to do and what not to do if you are arrested with a knife.

A nationally-known knife and gun rights attorney, Nappen has dedicated his life to fighting for gun and knife rights. Having practiced law since 1988, he was one of the first attorneys to ever get a federal injunction against a state gun law. He has written and produced DVDs, and authored a number of gun rights books, as well as numerous articles that have appeared in national magazines. Now he’s written THE book on knife rights. Knife Laws Of The U.S. is a good one to have, and with you, at all times, no mater where you go while carrying a knife!

Forged In Fire, Season Two Premieres!

According to a new History™ Channel video trailer and television commercial, Season 2 of Forged In Fire premieres on February 9th at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST. All-new participants/bladesmiths are ready to forge edged tools and weapons, so tune in to History Channel and see for yourself.FIF_PR_Stunts_05062015_MM_0551 copy

ABS master smith J. Neilson tests a blade on History Channel’s Forged In Fire(Miller Mobley/HISTORY image)

Forged In Fire (page 84, December BLADE) pits bladesmiths against each other to see who can make the best knife in a limited  amount of time, with the winner of each episode earning a $10,000 first prize. Last year’s FIF included such well-known forgers as ABS master smiths Murray Carter, Ray Kirk and J.D. Smith, David Goldberg, Peter Martin, ABS journeyman smith Mace Vitale and others, as well as many relatively unknown bladesmiths.

The combination of having to complete knives in a set time limit along with the other contestants before television cameras and over a million viewers makes for a great pressure environment and high drama. As a result, some of the smiths struggle to perform at their best. See the December 2015 issue of BLADE to find out more.



Maintain Knives In Your Collection


When it comes to knives, an array of products sits ready to address the issues of protection and maintenance. Depending on personal preference you have your choice of paste waxes, aerosols, oils and cloths to get the job done. Price points vary widely as well.3in1Drip

Tracy Mickley of Midwest Knife Supply suggests the old reliable 3-In-One Oil or another petroleum-based product called Nano-Oil. The 3-In-One Oil sells for about $3 in a 4-ounce applicator container.

“There are hundreds of different things out there,” remarked Tracy Mickley, owner of Midwest Knife Supply in North Mankato, Minnesota. “Many of them are very good, including carrying cases that are protective and sometimes fleece lined. They are inexpensive at $5 to $20 depending on the size.”


To keep a folding knife working properly, Mickley suggests … To read the rest of the story, Click here, or see the March 2016 issue of BLADE® Magazine


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Flipper Folders Fly Off Shelves


As popular as tactical folders are and have been in the knife industry and with the knife-buying public in general, flipper folders have taken that segment of the industry by storm. They fly off the store shelves and Web pages as fast as the blades are deployed.

finished folderIf you’ve ever wondered how they’re made, how they work or what makes them so quick, the February 2016 issue of BLADE® Magazine includes a feature article by ABS master smith Wally Hayes on “How To Make A Flipper Folder.” Within the story, the author takes you through the main process of flipper folder making step-by-step. Now that’s as cool as flipping open a blade and hearing that proverbial click as it locks into place, ready for use!

See more on page 20 of the February 2016 issue of BLADE.

NEW BLADE Show Website is Live!


The 2016 BLADE Show website is live! New site features make it easy for those who plan to attend the 2016 BLADE Show, June 3-5, 2016, to buy tickets, see what’s new at the show, register online (including a discount for online registrants!), find out about BLADE University classes and much more.DSC_9864b

We’ve added some great features this year, including a filter option for our exhibitor list, a sponsor profile page for maximum exposure, a “featured exhibitors” home page rotator and a “Show Updates” page for detailed releases throughout the campaign.

You can book your hotel or explore Atlanta.

The BLADE Show celebrates 35 years in 2016! We are just as excited as you are! As we kick off 35 years, we are set to bring you the largest BLADE Show event yet! Our show floor will be jam-packed with all of your favorite knife vendors. There’s so many more exciting things happening at this year’s show, we can’t wait to see you all in June!

Knives for Charity

There’s never been a shortage of charitable acts within the knife industry. For as long as there have been knifemakers, there have been knives given to those in need, including soldiers, farmhands, friends and neighbors, or blades donated for auction to raise money for good causes. A Google search for “knives for charity” turns up too many knifemakers and knives to mention here, partly for fear of leaving someone out.RONlake.indd

The American Knife & Tool Institute has announced that it plans to hold a “1st Annual Giving Back Event,” featuring knives donated by Ron Lake (one of Ron’s past knives shown), D’Alton Holder and others, at the 2016 BLADE Show. AKTI’s 1st Annual Giving Back Event will take place Friday, June 3, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel—host hotel of the 2016 BLADE Show. No room, meeting room or ballroom has been announced as of this time.

As advertised in an AKTI press release, “We invite you to participate in AKTI’s 1st Annual Giving Back Event! Some of the finest custom knifemakers are contributing their handmade knives to Give Back to help the knife community and their favorite charities. This will be a fun evening with live and silent auctions supporting organizations that make a difference. 50 percent of proceeds will go directly to a charity of choice. 50 percent will support AKTI’s many efforts to keep knives in our lives.

How can you give back? Please stop by AKTI’s booth #18 to get more details.

Knives Unite the World


specializesThe following is an excerpt from the KNIVES 2016 book. Click here to order your copy, read many entries like it and view some of the most gorgeous knives on the planet.

Edges of the World

You know it’s American when you see it. That’s the easy part. Isn’t it amazing how something “foreign” is also instantly recognizable? And it doesn’t matter which country you live in, a Chevy is as American as a Ford, and a Maserati as Italian as a Ferrari. One doesn’t look at a Dodge pickup truck, and say, “Wow, those Japanese imports are sure stylish.” The Dodge is easily identified as an American truck. And likewise, even the most novice of car enthusiasts can tell that a Hyundai isn’t a product of Detroit, Mich.

So should knives and swords be any different? When you shrink your product down from a vehicle that a person rides inside to a knife he or she carries, one might think that identifying it by country of origin would be more difficult. But that’s not the case. Many knife enthusiasts recognize Persian upswept blades when they see them, Scottish basket-hilt swords, Japanese tantos or wakizashis, French poniards, Napalese kukris and American bowie knives. Those are the easy ones. But can you identify a Hungarian foko or a Spanish belduque? It doesn’t take much practice.

FBTKIPerhaps we’re more worldly than we give ourselves credit for. Sure, the average American can’t likely name the countries of South Africa, but we know Chinese food when we taste it, a Cuban cigar when we smoke it and a Mexican fiesta when we attend one. Regional recognition isn’t limited to geography, but also includes cultures, people, clothing, food, arms and armor. That means knives, and these exotic beauties will take you to the edges of the world and back. Or is the world round?

For answers to many of the questions a knife enthusiast might have, pick up your copy of KNIVES 2016 today.

T7174Knives 2016, 36th Edition
The trusted guide for knife collectors, enthusiasts, knifemakers, and dealers around the world, this knife book covers the latest and greatest from front to back. A collection of feature articles explores the latest developments, history, and transformation of knives, swords, and edges of various kinds. Get your copy


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