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Period Bowies Make Best Of Knives 2013 List

These period bowies by Robert L. Appleby Jr. make my "Editors Favorites from the Knives 2013 Book" list because they scream early American knife renaissance. The clip- and spear-point bowies parade hand-rubbed, satin-finished 440C blades...

Queen Cutlery Sold to Daniels Family Cutlery

Servotronics, Inc. announced today that it has completed the sale of the assets of its subsidiary, Queen Cutlery Company, a Pennsylvania facility located in Titusville, Pennsylvania, to Kenneth R. Daniels of Daniels Family Cutlery...

Another Knives Book Favorite—Scrimshawed Beauty

Gary Williams and Gil Rudolph took turns scrimshawing both sides of the handle and sheath of a Dennis Friedly damascus dagger. The Native American theme done up in blacks, greys, browns, gold, blues and...

Something About This Drop Point Hunter

I don't know if it's the stabilized spalted-maple handle, the way the drop-point blade becomes oh-so pointed at the end, the full tang, red liner or its almost-jutting-out handle butt, there's a sweet spot...

Everybody Wing Chung Tonight (with Knives 2013 Wing Chung Swords)

Featured in the "Foray Into the Far East" Trends section of the Knives 2013 book are a pair of Richard Van Dijk "Wing Chung" Chinese martial arts butterfly swords. Rarely do you see knifemakers tackle...

Eat Up These Edged Combatants

Paraded in the Knives 2013 book like dress soldiers at a welcome-home party is a pair of Daniel Winkler fixed blades in camouflage finishes, and cord-wrapped and otherwise synthetic handles. They each measure 9.75 inches...

Sweet Simplicity Featured In Knives 2013 Book

My second Editor's Favorites pick from the Knives 2013 book is included for its sweet simplicity. Don't let the straightforward, integral form of Billy Mace Imel's dagger fool you, though, the lines flow symmetrically,...
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