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How To Get Any Custom Knife You Want

Is it realistic to say there’s a surefire way to get any custom knife you want? While there are always exceptions to the rule, if you practice the following nine steps, you might just find that beautiful custom knife you’ve dreamed about nestled warm and safe in the fleece lining of your favorite zippered...

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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 started by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Jimmy Lile in the early 1980s, Crain also made a hollow-handle survival...

Knife Brings World Record Price

A knife presented to President Theodore Roosevelt brought a world record price of $414,000 at auction this past weekend, Sept. 9-11. It is believed to be the most ever paid for an American knife at auction, according to the auctioneer, Rock Island Auction Co. The previous world record price for a knife at auction...

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Is a World Ivory Ban in the Offing?

A CITES meeting that could determine whether there will be a world ivory ban begins Sept. 24 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 17th annual meeting of the CITES Conference of Parties is set to run through Oct. 5 and will include individuals and organizations around the globe who are for or against a world...

BLADE U.S. military issue.

U.S. Military Issue of BLADE Out Now!

The annual U.S. military issue of BLADE® includes what to look for in a 4.0 military knife, special presentation Buck knives for a unique unit of National Guardsmen who fought during the Vietnam War, the knives from Johnny Strong’s latest movie and much more—and is on newsstands now! What kind of knife do professional...

President Theodore's Roosevelt's knife.

Roosevelt Knife Auction Sept. 9-11

President Theodore Roosevelt’s knife, passed down through the Roosevelt family for the past 107 years and never before available for sale to the public, will be put to auction Sept. 9-11 by Rock Island Auction Co. Made by J. Russell & Co. of Green River, New York, the Roosevelt knife features handle work by...

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Tactical Knife: Definitions and Origin

Exactly what constitutes a tactical knife has been addressed in BLADE®, other knife magazines—one of which was even called Tactical Knives—KnifeForums and other knife discussion forums, social media, books, the national media and elsewhere. Some originally described it, and still do, as a folding or fixed-blade knife with a non-glare blade and black synthetic...