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Knife Users Are Our Neighbors

Sometimes we get so carried away talking about the coolest new knives, the hottest tactical folders, the neatest mechanisms, latest locks and hottest handle materials, we forget about the average knife user, the end user, the guy or gal who carries and uses a knife everyday as a tool. That person might or might not be interested in the most state-of-the-art steels and most wicked blade grinds. Few of their knives are probably embellished with scrimshaw, engraving or jewel inlays. Even fewer probably have gold, silver, diamond or precious stone inlays.16

AKTI—the American Knife & tool Institute, a knife legislative body fighting for our knife rights—has a cool link on its homepage titled “Everyday People Use Knives Every Day.” Clicking the link, web browsers land on a page that says “We’re your neighbors. We use knives every day in our work or carry them for other activities,” and it lists jobs and occupations in which people employed in those areas use knives every day. The page also has a query, simply reaching out with “Let us know if you’re not on the list.”

So, BladeMag.com visitors, please let us know if you’re not on the following list (from the AKTI website [and click here for more everyday using knives]):

Accountants
Adventure Racers
Advocate (for homeless)
Aircraft Mechanic
Antique Collectors
Archeologists
Architects
Artists
Armorer
Attorney
Automotive Technicians
Backpackers
Bakers
Basket Weavers
Beekeepers
Bicycle Repairmen
Bicyclists
Big Game Hunters
Bioscience / Biomedical Workers
Bloggers
Boaters
Book Binders
Bow Hunters
Boy Scouts
Business Executives
Butchers
Cable Installers
Campers
Canoeists
Carpenters
Carpet Installers
Carvers
Citizens Emergency Response Team
Chefs
Christmas Tree Dealers
Clammers
Clothing Designers
Cobblers (Shoe Makers)
Knife Collectors
Computer Technicians
Construction Workers
Cross Country Skiers
Curriers
Dairy Farmers
Deep Sea Fishermen
Deli Workers
Doctors
Downhill Skiers
Editor
Education Aministrator
Electricians
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
Engineers
Factory Workers
Farmers
Firemen
Fish Farmers
Fish Mongers
Fishermen
Floor Layers
Florists
Forensic Investigators
Forest Rangers
Four-Wheelers
Furniture Makers
Furriers
Game & Fish Rangers
Gardeners / Horticulturists
Garment Workers
Girl Scouts
Glaziers
Geocache Hunter
Greenhouse Worker
Gunsmith
Helicopter Pilots
Highland Game Participants
Hikers
Historical Re-enactors
Horse Breeders
Horse Drawn Carriage Drivers
Horseback Riders
Hunters
Ice Fishermen
Industrial Workers
Information Techs
Investigators
Janitors
Jewelers
Kayakers
Knifemakers
Landscapers
Leather Workers
Legislators
Licensed Firearms Dealers
Line Workers
Locksmiths
Loggers
Machinists
Mechanics
Metal Casters
Military Personnel
Miners
Milliners
Model Makers
Mold Makers
Moms
Motorcyclists
Mountain Climbers
Movers
Museum Curators
Musicians
Nurses
Nursery Workers
Office Workers
Outdoorsmen
Paramedics
Park Rangers
Photographers
Physical Therapists
Physicians
Plumbers
Police Officers
Potters (ceramic workers)
Precious Stone Setters
Printers
Private Pilots
Probation / Parole Officers
Project Managers
Railway Workers
Ranchers
Retired People
Roofers
Sailors
Salespeople
Scouts
Scout Leaders
Scuba Divers
Sculptors
Seamstresses
Search & Rescue Teams
Security Guards
Sheriffs
Shipping Clerks
Short Order Cooks
Sky Divers
Snowboarders
Snowmobilers
Sporting Goods Dealers
Stage Hands
Stone Workers / Masons
Surgeons
Survival Instructors
Tailors
Taxidermists
Teachers / Instructors
Telephone Repairmen
Television Repairmen
Tile Workers
Tow Truck Drivers
Tower (Cell/Phone/Radio) Climbers
Tractor Trailer Drivers or Commercial Truck Drivers
Trail Runners
Trappers
Veterinarians / Vet Techs
Warehouse Workers
Watchmen
Watchmakers / Horologists
Water Skiers
Weavers
Welders
Wood Workers

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