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Majority Opposes Ivory Ban At Meeting

Anywhere from 50-to-60 people attended the March 20 public meeting held by the Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on combatting wildlife trafficking, with more than twice as many voicing opposition to the ivory ban as those supporting it. Among those representing the knife industry at the meeting held in Washington, D.C., were...

Most of the Stolen Knives Found; 3 Still Missing

Purveyor Michael Donato was one happy man earlier this week when all but three of approximately 150 stolen knives were returned. The three knives that remain missing are the Shin by Rockstead and two John W. Smith folders, all of which are pictured at right. “This has been the craziest roller-coaster ride of my...

$750,000 Worth of Custom Knives Stolen

Approximately 150 custom knives valued at over three-quarters of a million dollars were stolen recently from KnifePurveyor.com, according to KnifePurveyor.com. Michael Donato, owner of KnifePurveyor.com, said the knives were stolen from his luggage at the Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport that serves the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. He was returning from the East Coast...

Act Now To Fight Ivory Ban

If you think it’s too late for you to do anything about the oppressive ivory ban being implemented by federal officials, think again. You can act now to have your voice heard by congressional and federal officials to stop more language adverse to those who buy, sell and collect ivory knives being added to...

Radio Show Addressed Ivory Ban

The federal ban on elephant ivory was one of the topics on the DIane Rehm radio talk show March 4. Craig Hoover of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was among the show’s guests. Hoover is one of the federal officials several in the knife industry have been contacting for information on the federal...

Antique Ivory Exceptions Rule Too Stringent

The recently announced federal ban on ivory not only seems to outlaw all import, export, interstate and intrastate sales of elephant ivory, it also appears to make all potential exceptions to the rule such as antiques virtually impossible to meet. Initially announced on Feb. 11, the ban received more coverage Feb. 26 when the...