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M16 & the K.I.S.S.: 2 Knives For The Ages

An unusually high number of knifemakers have died recently, all of whom left more than their fair share of lifelong marks on family, friends and the knife industry. In terms of influence on knife design, though, the two that probably had the largest impact were Ed Halligan and Kit Carson. Ironically, both men designed...

Halligan, K.I.S.S. Designer, Passes At 81

Edward Francis Halligan—better known as Ed—designer of the revolutionary K.I.S.S. folding knife and long-time custom knifemaker, passed away Saturday. He was 81. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, under the direction of Gamble Funeral Service of Savannah. An aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air...

Medal Of Honor Recipients Lead Veterans Day Event

In recognition of Veterans Day, Case, Zippo and two Medal Of Honor recipients will install an exclusive Medal Of Honor commemorative knife and lighter set in the Zippo/Case Museum today in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Medal Of Honor awardees Sammy Davis and Harold Fritz, both of whom received the country’s most prestigious military honor for their...

How The Nov. 4 Vote Affects the Ivory Ban

While some might think Republicans taking control of Congress as a result of the Nov. 4 elections will be good for those fighting a pending legal ivory ban, such may not be the case. Rob Mitchell of the Elephant Protection Association indicated that though the election results would seem to make a Republican majority...

Stubble is no trouble with Kirby Lambert's straight razor, on the cover of the latest BLADE® and on newsstands NOW!

Hot Straight Razors Highlight New BLADE®

Stubble is in trouble thanks to the hottest straight razors—one of which, the newest model by Kirby Lambert, is the cover piece for the latest BLADE®, on newsstands NOW! Known for his custom tactical folders, Lambert is one of several makers who offer custom razors, the others highlighted in the story on page 12...

Custom Knives That Are Best For You

Choosing the custom knives that are best for you can be a tricky proposition. There are a number of things to consider, including how much money you have to spend, whether you’re buying the knife to use, collect or resell, and other factors. Especially if you’re new to the market, looking to change the...