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Elephant vs. ancient ivories

Distinguishing Elephant from Ancient Ivory

Distinguishing elephant from ancient ivory is challenging and becoming more and more important for the owners of knives with handles of ancient ivory. However, there are two reliable keys to make the determination easier. Polished...
Osborne/Benchmade Emissary.

Warren Osborne Passes Away

Long-time custom knifemaker Warren Osborne passed away Jan. 4 after a long illness. He was known for his high-end custom folders and many other knives.

Knife Handles: As Wood As It Gets

ThereIn the burl category, redwood (left) and black ash (right) are among the more popular woods. Lloyd Harner uses each for the handles of his razors, as well as the most popular of all...

Waki Talk: What’s Hot in Wakizashis

The wakizashi may be the most sensible and useful Japanese sword. Between a katana and tanto in length, the “waki” is long enough for any number of heavy-duty jobs but also short enough to...
Satin-finish symmetry

Proper Knife Fit and Finish Defined

Fit and finish is a term used to identify the earmarks of a quality made knife. In a nutshell, fit and finish is an arrangement of balanced proportions and symmetry in the entire piece. With...
Hoyt Buck knives

First Family of Knives?

If there's such a thing as the First Family of Knives, the Buck family is it. Buck Knives has been run by a member of the Buck family—Hoyt, Al, Chuck or CJ—since "H.H. Buck and...
Crain/Schwarzenegger

Knifemaker Jack W. Crain Passes Away

Knifemaker Jack W. Crain, designer and maker of knives for such action movies as Predator, Commando and others, passed away Sept. 7. He was 70. Arriving hot on the heels of the Rambo knife phenomenon...
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